I did notice among the "original design quilts" there was more machine piecing and machine quilting and fused applique. BUT, that being said, there was also a lot of hand-work and the same attention to detail found among the traditional ones.
This quilt, "Throughout One Day" by Miyoko Sekiya is very rich in detail ... and I might add, charm.
Even the appliqued border is very creative. This was a popular entry and hard to get a picture of with all the surrounding fans.
This quilt, 'late Summer" by Yumiko Saita
has a great deal of hand work in the aplique and quilting.
The light brown areas near the border are many small pieces squares to get the mottled effect.
I can't imagine the time this must have taken.
Tanya had a lovely detail of these fish by Yasuko Kawaguchi.
It is all done in Mola style and has a wonderful variety of color ,,, actually better than what my camera shows.
This cute quilt with the title of "Orusuban".
Meaning loosely,"Home Alone" Shows
what this quilter's dogs get into. ... and I thought Nikko was naughty!
It was made by Toshiko Maeda.
This bright cheerful quilt is called "My Town".
Sakuko Sumita may have machine pieced these houses but the quilt is all finished by hand.
The title is "Why Don't You Try to Take One Step Forward".
It is the work of Ritsuko Ishizuka.
It is also hand quilted.
This one has been machine quilted and is by Kimie Kawaii.
the title is Perpetuity or maybe Eternity.
Whatever the title, it is a real eye-catcher.
This quilt looks like mosaic tiles and is quite stunning in detail.
It is called "Paris, My Dream" and was made by Ikuko Shigemasa.
is the work of Fumiko Nakanishi.
and some fussy-cut text added in.
Probably machine pieced but hand quilted with embroidery on the faces.
The other one I only got a small detail of an owl and I think that quilter makes a Halloween quilt every year.
"Silent Night" is by Tamiko Umawatari.
This looks a bit like a Wa quilt to me. I like those fussy-cut hexagons in the tree.
This quilter makes an entry every year of black and white cats. This one is called "Zen Practice Studio of Neko Theatrical Company" and is made by Naoko Suzuki.
No way I can tell you what the writing says!
Here are the Original design winners. I can't say I agree with the judges choices but they are interesting and certainly Original.
t say I am a big fan of "Wonky" but the colors are bright and attractive and probably it wouldn't be as interesting if all the blocks were orderly
This quilt by Reiko Hatakeyama received the "Friendship award.
So, this is about it for this year's Tokyo Dome show. In early May there will be another show of 80 pieces at Mitsukoshi, The Oedo Nihonbashi Show... something about May Weather is the topic. My friend Yasuko Kuraishi will have a quilt in that show again this year so I hope to go. I can't remember if photos are allowed at that show or not.
I wish I had some work of my own to post. I have been slowly working on a Christmas tree skirt for my elder daughter, though her birthday has past at the beginning of the week. Scout stuff comes in big hunks and I was busy with a Pack meeting Friday, teaching knife skills on Saturday and a den meeting Sunday afternoon. We are getting ready for a pinewood derby and everyone is curious about what my car will be this year. I have to admit I am having trouble coming up with a new idea every year. Luckily, an owl whispered in my ear and gave me an idea so Tuesday I got out my knife and the block of wood and today I added some paint. I will introduce my entry when he is finished. For now ... it is time for some shut-eye, This took a lot longer than I thought it would!