As promised, here is the second set of photos on my “virtual tour” of the Tokyo Quilt Festival. If you missed it, you can see the first set HERE.
In light of the language barrier, I’ll do my best to share what I was able to translate, the rest will be available on Flickr HERE in Japanese.
I’m going to continue my tour with more log cabins. I love how such a simple block can be reinterpreted so differently by different artists. The particular quilt is by Kiyoko Goto and is called “The Wind Blowing through Flowers.”
“Log Cabin, the Everlasting Pattern” – Mirsuko Muraka
“To my Little Granddaughter, for the Day of your Coming of Age” – Mihoko Taguchi
This fun elephant quilt was the winner of the Friendship Award. How fun are those little tails?!
“Wow, Bananas!” made by Miwako Mogami was the first place winner at the show. I love how the bananas extend past the binding.
Who would have thought that colored pencils and vegetables should go together? Do you see the quilting on the pencils? You’ll see vegetables that share the same color as the pencil. The mix of that creative quilting with the straight line quilting is so cool!
Now, this one left me breathless. Can you believe that’s a quilt and not a painting?!
Look at all the leaf detail – amazing.
We’ve made it to my absolute favorite. There are many that I love but this one took the cake for me. Isn’t it amazing?! The improv log cabin background (I feel like a broken record) would have been neat on its own, but the net with the fish made it extraordinary. Even the quilting shows movement and helps to create a story.
Since my husband was kind enough to attend a quilt show with me, I have to show his favorite, too!
Another quilt that I could easily mistake as a painting…These artists have a great grasp of color.
This one made me giggle, because it’s so representative of what I see in Japan most days. For the most part, english translations are good, and then you spot that one thing that doesn’t quite fit. Paprika!
As I turned the corner to see this quilt at the show, I told my husband that the little dog looked felted.
Such enough, he was! Love the mixed media – what a great idea.
I’m not usually drawn into the tiny quilts, but this one was an exception. “Sunflower dancing in the Sea Breeze” just looked so real to me.
Look at that detail work!
I asked one of my Japanese instructors for some help translating the meaning behind the quilt and we had a bit of a broken conversation, so I’ll do my best to relay the information as completely as I can. She tells me that the sunflowers give meaning to the people recovering from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami. Even though the people affected are struggling, they still find hope in the sunflowers that blossom in their hometowns. Isn’t that beautiful?
I took this picture specifically for my Mom who is a very talented knitter. I know some of you dabble in multiple crafts as well! The title translates “Mother’s Secret Garden.”
Last but certainly not least, “Moon on a Watery Surface” reminds me of Star Wars. I still haven’t seen the new movie, though!
So tell me, do you have a favorite quilt from my tour of the Tokyo Quilt Festival? Let me know in the comments!