Tokyo Quilt Festival 2016 – Part 2

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.”

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“Log Cabin, the Everlasting Pattern” – Mirsuko Muraka

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“To my Little Granddaughter, for the Day of your Coming of Age” – Mihoko Taguchi

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This fun elephant quilt was the winner of the Friendship Award.  How fun are those little tails?!

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“Wow, Bananas!” made by Miwako Mogami was the first place winner at the show.  I love how the bananas extend past the binding.

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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!

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Now, this one left me breathless.  Can you believe that’s a quilt and not a painting?!

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Look at all the leaf detail – amazing.

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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.

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Since my husband was kind enough to attend a quilt show with me, I have to show his favorite, too!

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Another quilt that I could easily mistake as a painting…These artists have a great grasp of color.

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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!

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As I turned the corner to see this quilt at the show, I told my husband that the little dog looked felted.

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Such enough, he was!  Love the mixed media – what a great idea.

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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.

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Look at that detail work!

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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?

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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.”

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Last but certainly not least, “Moon on a Watery Surface” reminds me of Star Wars.  I still haven’t seen the new movie, though!

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So tell me, do you have a favorite quilt from my tour of the Tokyo Quilt Festival? Let me know in the comments!

  • Krista

    Wow, those are amazing! My favorite is the red flowers in the field that looks like a painting! I also love sunflowers and the crayon/vegetable one! How do hey create these?

  • Sunflower Hope.

    I have enough indigo fabrics to recreate the background but not the yellows – silk ribbons? to make petals. Loving the background as a setting for something else.

  • Rosemaryflower

    Rachel, I cannot pick a favorite. They are great. I know there was 500 more there that were incredible too. Each one of these you shared is so well done. Wow. These are truly pieces of art.
    I do not knit at all. I think the knitting mama is very adorable
    Thanks so much for sharing these. All of them are stupendous!

  • Suzzle

    My favorites are the geckos and the elephants (-: I do love the knitting mama one too…

  • Thanks for sharing

  • Val Hoyer

    I love the knitting one, ’cause I am your knitting mom! So much fun to see your photos, it makes me feel as if I am there with you. Thanks for sharing.

  • Paprika and death stars! Wow!
    I was once advised when voting for the people’s choice award at our local show to choose the one I would want to take home to keep. Therefore, as much I admire the skill in the complex art quilts, I would probably choose Log Cabin 1 or the black and yellow churn dash from your other post as my favourites.

  • My favorite is “Wind Blowing Through The Flowers.” Something as difficult, almost impossible to capture in visual art, such as a quilt or a painting, – the wind – she or he did successfully. I look at it and am immediately relaxed, thinking of a cool breeze on a beautiful, summer day. I really like the colored pencils too, because of all the colors and the way the symmetry was done. Thanks again for sharing!