Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tokyo Dome part 3 ...a little WA

I guess the best translation of "Wa" would be "Harmony". I am not sure why, but these quilts are probably what we would think are typical Japanese quilts, often using indigos and more muted tones.

This quilt, roughly translated, " Auspicious Congratulations" is made by Yoshiko Uemura.

Not only the colors, but the noshime or strips of fabrics and the corner subjects call out their Japanese origins.

Check out Queenie's post that has great close-ups of the detail in this quilt.

This quilt photographed a lot lighter than the actual quilt.

The title had something to do with watching the moon through the forest and it was created by a quilter named Ms. Saito. One would have to be a good guesser to figure out her given name.

There are lots of tiny curved pieces in this quilt.

I have only shown a detail of this white-on-white quilt. It took second place in the Wa quilts and had a number of cranes in flight.

Titled"Fledgling", by Tomomi Ishii, it was a lovely piece of work but a little hard to see and even harder to photograph.

This was the third place winner in the Wa quilts.

Called roughly, "Re- Ring of Circulation" ,
it certainly contained an interesting combination of vintage and kimono fabrics. Maybe that made it a bit more Japanese.

Anyway, it was made by Ayako Takeguchi.

This one didn't get a prize but I rather liked it better than some that did.  It is "Morning Light of Matsushima" and made by Kumiko Nakamura.

This quilt called "Hour of the Blue" by Kuniko Hishinuma is more impressive for the amount of work that went into it than the total effect.

The border is a symphony of vintage indigo fabrics.

This quilt also was much darker than it appears in the picture.

I think my camera has a bad case of over-compensation and I couldn't figure out how to turn that aspect off but I thought this was quite a well-done piece.

Made by Chikako Furukawa, it is called "The Hour".

It had an interesting arrangement of traditional fabric hexagons  and must have taken quite a while to put together.

"Waiting for Spring"

by Akiko Uematsu

was also shown on Queenie's blog.

I think she showed some of the wonderful detail on this charming piece of work.

I think this beat out the prize winners too,

And another victim of my camera's decision-making is this "Remaining Fragrance"

created by Yukiko Fueta.

I took a close-up to see if the color would show better. At least you can picture the amount of work that went into this piece.

With this picture I will leave it to you to decide which deserves those prizes.

Do other quilt shows in other countries have such a category?

I can't think of something that would be typically American ... other than a quilt made of vintage feed sacks.

I think some of these quilters must have pondered a while as to which category to enter their work in.


  1. Love seeing all the quilts, so many beautiful designs and work on them.


  2. I love your honest comments. Japanese quilts can be just made of indigo or kimono or design, isn't it. I wouldn't dare to attend those tiny piecing and the patience they have is amazing. My favourite is same as yours, the colour in that quilt is so so pretty. Thank you for showing them.

  3. Wow....these are definitely works of art.

  4. I'm crazy for the white heron quilt and the Waiting for Spring quilt. What a fabulous show.

  5. Not a little WA, a lot of WA!
    I found it hard to pick a favourite, too. Quilts with a lot of detail (the village quilt) or of suggestive art quality (Morning Light of Matsushima) are always interesting to stand and look at for a long time - I'd call them Waiting room quilts or Daydream quitls. I also admire anyone who can stick a needle in the cement like kimono silk without breaking the needle or the finger, so the densly quilted white quilt with cranes and pin trees, is also one I am in admiration of.

  6. isn't it wonderful to see other peoples quilts and wonder ... WHAT THE HECK.. are the judges on? lol x thanks for sharing x

  7. Amazing talent shown in these quilts. I cannot choose a winner!

  8. Thanks for showing these WA quilts Julie. That Morning Light of Matsushima is beautiful. xoCynthia

  9. What a great collection; they are all outstanding. I really like "Waiting For Spring", the houses look so cheerful. "Morning Light" has a beautiful color wash effect. Also, the hand work in "Remaining Fragrance" is just fabulous. OK, I give up, I can't pick a favorite - I love the indigo quilts too!

  10. So many inspiring quilts! I would love to see these in person. Thank you for sharing.