we ended up near the center area where the next of my agenda items were to be found.
Chikako Ueno has been a friend over a number of years. We first met at the Yokohama Quilt show which no longer exists ... but when it comes to quilters and friendship, those go on regardless.
Ueno-san always has something to enter in the show and this year she entered one of her wonderfully creative bags and a framed quilt. Since Ueno-san comes from out of town, it was not possible to make our schedules meet up this year as in other years but I couldn't miss viewing her bag.
What a lot of work must have gone into this small quilt!
There are areas that seem like MOLA techniques and that is something I plan to cover in a later post.
There were quite a few framed quilts in the exhibit and the following were some that caught my eye.
This was one of the prize winners.
There is a lot of embroidery setting these flowers off.
With my in-house translator gone, I am not able to give credit to these, and I have had issues over the years with the lack of even a simple English name.
This year I included the display information with these quilts so at least those quilters can get some credit for their hard work and creative ideas.
This turtle was another prize winner.
It also has rather a Mola look but certainly not as detailed as Ueno-san's fish.
What is it about kids and dinosaurs?
In our pre-school library, the shelf of dinosaur books is the most stirred area each time I go in to get the shelves in order.
This was a bit larger than many other framed quilts but it also contained a lot of small pieces.
As you may note by the plaque, it too was a prize winner.
And, here is another winner.
Colorful and charming.
How about this gathering of pigs?
Or this awesome piece of whole-cloth quilting.
Here are the three winner bags.
I think bags are very much personal things and it would be hard to make any judgement.
There was a really cute bag that has already been shown (Tanya's post?)It was a whole bag of cats.
I often think of making a bag to suit my needs. It would need lots of different sized compartments ...
Probably inside so not showing. It would need an open pocket for my train pass with a ring to clip the chain on. It would need a zipper that can open right or left. And NO VELCRO!!!
It would probably need a strap that could be lengthened to go over the shoulder but able to be shortened to carry over the arm or even by hand... and since I often have pinched nerves from a crooked spine, it might be nice if it could double as a waist-pack.
The closest I have ever come to making a bag like that was a needle point bag made back in the late 1950's that was stolen on a trip to NY. I have two quilted carrying bags but they are both showing wear after years of use.
Among the stalls at the quilt show, there were many selling bits and parts for bag-makers.
The show ended Wednesday but there are still many pictures to show so, for us bloggers, it will last a bit longer. Be sure to check out Taniwa and Queenie as I will be off for the weekend to the Women's Conference. I will be hoping to see a few finished beginner quilt projects and maybe win a convert or two to the quilting world. The prep-work for the classes is almost done. The last thing in the plan was to iron the folds out of the cut fabrics but my iron died without warning. No shops selling irons in my area so it may be some time before it can be replaced. (and I will be picky because I need one that can be used left-handed).
Last item on the list is pack up my bag with class items and clothing and to cut a few scraps to sew on the ride there and back.