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2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

By Patricia Belyea

TOKYO JP  As a postscript to my reports about this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival, I’m sharing macro shots of some of the amazing quilts. Of course, the overall composition of each quilt deserves attention. But every seam and every stitch make up the whole. By focusing on minute details, we see how the artists accomplished their visions.

centers of the universe

The design of most symmetrical quilts feature a medallion in the middle. Let’s take a look at the focal point of some quilts hanging in the Traditional exhibit.

textures and patterns

Let’s put our noses up to some of the quilts to see a full range of design choices and stitching approaches.

For many of the artists in this year’s Festival, they spent a whole year piecing and stitching their masterpieces. For us to spend a few moments examining and admiring their work honors their creative spirit and passion for quilt making—something we share across borders around the world!

To see a sampling of the QUILT EXHIBITS at the 2018 Tokyo Quilt Festival +click here

To take a peek at the SPECIAL EXHIBITS at 2018 Tokyo Quilt Festival +click here

To shop for vintage Japanese textiles in the Okan Arts Shop +click here

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20 comments to “2018 tokyo quilt festival—details”

  1. Janet A Moyer says:

    Wow! What a beautiful show. The quilts were amazing and had so much detail with all the bells and whistles of stiches. It was wonderful to see. I will never be able to go there in person..so thank you for giving me the chance to see there quilts.

  2. Beverly Sensabaugh says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share thes beautiful quilts and details with us. What amazing workmanship and such inspiration!

  3. Old quilter says:

    Thank you for sharing the close-up photos. It’s fascinating to see the details in this amazing artistry. Since most of us will never get to see them in person, you do us a great service.

  4. Michelle H says:

    The first photo I was..”wow, that’s beautiful”
    The second, I was “ohh wow, look at that!”
    The thirds…my mouth fell open…
    And every photo showed more amazing, jaw dropping pieces. How incredibly wonderful this show must be to see in life… Truly, every one is a masterpiece!
    Thank you for brining us these photos of inspiration

  5. Carole Meyer says:

    This was fantastic! Thank you.

  6. Randi Swindler says:

    That was fun! Thank you for showing the details.

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Randi—I loved publishing the detail shots. Even though they don’t tell the whole story, they reveal such attention to detail. Best, PB

  7. Peggie's says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all these photos. I’ve been sending a link to my ten-year-old granddaughter who is half Japanese and visits family there often. She and I are enjoying the beautiful artistry.

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Peggie—How fun! Your granddaughter can ask next time she is in Japan about meeting a “kilter” there. It’s so great that she is interested. PB

  8. Helen Stillwell says:

    Thank you for showing the pictures from Tokyo Quilt Show. The closeup shots are beyond beautiful….just awesome to see the unbelievable hand sewing.

  9. Gail McNeill says:

    Thank you so much for photos of Tokyo quilt show. Most of my travel these days is vicarious so you’ve given me a thrilling trip today.

  10. Jan B Gavin says:

    So beautiful and innovative, even in the traditional categories!

  11. David Owen Hastings says:

    It is so great to see these details up close. How versatile quilting is, and fabric manipulation! What a little stitching can do to transform a surface… it blows my mind.

  12. Mary Holmes says:

    Every design tells a story of hardwork behind it!

  13. Barb Jenson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful quilts.