2019 Tokyo Quilt Festival

2019 tokyo quilt festival: special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea

TOYKO JP  Get ready to go crazy when you see the special exhibits at Tokyo Quilt Festival. Every year the highest level of workmanship and design are paired with exciting installations. So let’s get started.

quilt impressionism

An Encounter Between Quilting & Art
Four sensei and their students prepared quilts and textile projects to express the work of four famous Impressionist artists. My favorite was Akane Sakamoto’s exhibit titled Chasing Vincent van Gogh. Akane stated “I want the viewers to feel like they are in the painting.”

koseki suzuko

The Stylish World
Koseki Suzuko was honored with a retrospective this year. Look for vintage fashion, flour sacks, and non-stop delight in her work.

kumiko nakayama-geraerts

The Art of Boutis
Sprinkled throughout the show floor were Special Artists booths. I was completely amazed by the work of Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts who has mastered the French needlework art of boutis—stitching together two fine fabrics with stuffing added to create a raised effect.

storybook quilts

Creating the Characters of NHK Educational TV
This year, nostalgic characters from NHK Educational TV were the theme of the Storybook Quilts Exhibit.

three international quilters

Three Popular Contemporary Quilters from Around The World
Di Ford from Australia, Cécile Franconie from France, and Tone Finnanger from Norway were chosen to exhibit their works in a major display. Tone stole the scene with her cute, cute, cute dolls and fun vignettes from her Tilda’s World collections.

There are so many more things to see—this is just the tip of needle here! To see the quilts in the major exhibits at the 2019 Tokyo Quilt Festival +click here

To see close-up details of the quilts in the major exhibits at the 2019 Tokyo Quilt Festival +click here


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12 comments


  • Jennifer Thomas
    I am in awe at the detail and creativeness of these quilters. I wish I had the talent to do what they do and the vision to make some of these pieces of art. Thank you for going and sharing your images!!

  • Nina Davis
    More please, I need more….

  • Amy
    The creative talent of these quilters is amazing.

  • Nancy Neely
    I was fortunate to attend this year. It was an amazing experience!

  • Janet Foster
    Thanks for giving us the chance to see this amazing exhibit. Janet

  • Joyce Johnson
    Am in great awe & humbled by Japanese quilters; your work is exquisite!

  • Sherry
    If you have any pictures of the Di Ford exhibit, would you mind sharing them? She’s one of my favorite designers. Thanks!

  • Beverly Shoger
    A huge thanks for your excellent photos from the Tokyo Quilt Festival. I know how hard it is to take photos there.

    Thanks for sharing!!!


  • Andrea Bursaw
    always inspiring, innovative and intelligent!

  • RubySusan
    Thank you so much for posting these inspiring photos! I almost feel as if I’m there.

  • Lisa
    Take me with youuuu! So very beautiful!

  • Janet C. Wright
    Overwhelming—such creative women

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