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