Without further ado and trying to overcome my hesitance to speak about something I do not know much about, here are some of my favourites from this year's quilt show.
1. a feast of colours, 2. The Moon in Autumn, detail, 3. hare in the moon, 4. Blessing of the Sun, 5. hopping into the picture, 6. Swaying, detail, 7. texture, 8. red moon, detail, 9. Red Moon, 10. The Sun, the Light for Lives, 11. Colorful, Colorful Days of Life, detail, 12. Shining, 13. texture, 14. log cabin, 15. pojagi, 16. handicraft
It was my fourth Tokyo Quilt Festival and quite different from what I experienced before. To start with, there were no misty eyes when I took a first glimpse into the hall. There always were before because the sight is really overwhelming, but not this time. So I went through the aisles. Looking at gorgeous, perfectly made quilts. Quilts that looked like a lot of time and dedication, quilts that were stunningly simple, quilts that were amazingly complicated looking... And with almost each quilt I saw I could not help but thinking I had seen them all. They were all great but... That did not feel good. So I went to the vendor's area to distract myself and start anew with the quilts after a short break.
When I felt like being refreshed I went back to the quilts and saw this one, The Moon in the Autumn by Suzuko Koseki.
Such simple shapes and lovely combinations of fabric, the large moon in the background which makes the quilt interesting but also very balanced and calm. Beautiful, beautiful quilting in different ways, one pattern just floating into another, the traditional motif of the harvest moon, the overall fresh and modern appearance... I love this quilt and thought I would very much like to call something like it my own. Finally, I was getting excited about the quilts again!
Maybe I was so overwhelmed by all those fabulous quilts in the beginning that is was just too much for me. Ms. Koseki's quilt made me open to really look at the quilts again, notice their lovelyness, their uniqueness, their beauty. From that point on I found lots of fantastic quilts and would have loved to return the following day to let everything sink in and be able to view the quilts calmly, more deeply. If you ever plan to come to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Show, try to squeeze in that second day at the show on which you are really ready to look.
A quilt I loved too was The Sun, the Light for Lives by Noriko Hayashi, who caught my attention last year, too, with a wonderful three dimensional white piece. All white as in a thousand snow men come together and hang out in the snow. My Dream of White it was called and so beautiful. I should dig out a photo of that quilt and show it to you.
And of course the very enchanting and playful Look! What Beautiful Moonlight by Junko Sawada, whom I had the luck to talk to for a few minutes. She was one of the four famous Japanese quilters who were featured this year. The moon quilt was fortunately part of the celestial exhibition, which was one of the main topics of the show, and could therefore be photographed. In the area in which the top quilters are showcasing their World of Fabrics photographing is not allowed. There are a few restrictions even on this show... Oh, but people are touching the quilts anyway. I am always stunned when I see it happen.
Isn't it just adorable how the rabbits are seeming to hurry into the picture? And isn't the quilting clever? Junko Sawada's quilts seem always to be in motion. Birds are flying, wind is blowing, rabbits hopping... I like that.
It was all very inspiring and motivating, which is why I really, really want to finish my first real quilt (the stars) during the first half of the year. A goal. I actually have set myself a goal. Publicly.
PS: A knitting related note... the Misty of my second Hourglass Sweater turned out to pill a bit. Not terribly, but worth mentioning.