Sashiko Yoshida at 2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part two

ABOVE: Quilt sensei (teacher) Sachiko Yoshida

PART TWO: Invitational Flower Story Exhibit, Bag Category, Partnership Quilts

By Patricia Belyea

TOKYO JP   An important exhibit at Tokyo Quilt Festival every year is an invitational show of major Japanese quilt artists. The theme for the new works was The Season Flower Story. Regretfully the backdrop for this section was covered in a botanically patterned black-and-white wallpaper that did not look great with most of the quilts.

 ABOVE: Field Sketch “Cornflower” by Norika Nozawa

ABOVE: Yellow Roses by Keiko Miyauchi

ABOVE: Underwater Flower by Yoneko Maruya

ABOVE: Flowers for Everyone’s Heart by Keiko Goke

ABOVE: Inspiration — Blooming In The Woods by Noriko Inafune

ABOVE: Plumeria by Yoshiko Kurihara

I bumped into Sachiko Yoshida who I know from the biennial Japanese quilt shows at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. Sachiko led me across the Festival floor to present her incredible quilt made with vintage and antique kimono silks. Her theme was morning glories, hence the title Good Morning! Sachiko used a traditional morning glory shape for the appliquéd flowers and leaves.

ABOVE: Good Morning! by Sachiko Yoshida

Japanese quilters LOVE to make bags. The number of vendors selling patterns and purse hardware is endless at this Festival. The Bag Category exhibit is a competition of handmade bags. The entries incorporate a full range of creative designs and innovative finishes. Here are just a few that caught my eye.

For the Partnership Quilts, hung on bright green walls throughout the Festival, viewers of a Japanese arts and crafts TV show submitted 8,910 quilt blocks created with the theme Falling in Love With Garden. Quilt artist Eiko Okano directed the production of the 63 quilts which are being raffled off for charity. Raffle tickets are ¥500, about $5 USD.

Note the keys posted beside each quilt. These signs include the name of each block maker. Participants receive a brochure that shows them where they can see their contributions to the community quilts.

To see PART ONE: Traditional Category, Original Design Category, Wa Category +click here

To see PART THREE: Special Exhibits, Historic Textiles +click here

To see PART FOUR: Yoko Saito Retrospective, Grand Prix Winners +click here

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  • Claire Macdonald
    Enjoying your photos hugely thank you.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Barbara—Thank you for sharing. I am hoping that many quilters who can’t make it to Tokyo for the Quilt Festival will enjoy my report on this incredible event. PB

  • Barbara Minton
    Thank you for posting these. I have an absolute passion for vintage and antique Japanese textiles. I hope I was not out of line by posting a link to the blog on our guild’s Facebook page

  • Patricia Belyea
    Hi Carolyn—I am pleased with my new camera and the detail it is capturing for all of us to see. PB

  • Patricia Belyea
    Susan—You said it! PB

  • Patricia Belyea
    Thanks Leotie. Even the special exhibits had flower themes. It was uplifting! PB

  • Carolyn Maia Burton
    Thank you Patricia! I love the close-ups which really help us to appreciate the skill which goes into these magnificent quilts.

  • Leotie Richards
    Your photos are well done and most appreciated. The flower theme is very uplifting.