First of all, thank you so much for everyone who
let me know that you enjoyed my previous post.
(It was almost nerve wrecking to post it because I
thought it could be the most boring post ever lol).
Also, thank you so much for your kind words too.
Both Joe and I haven gotten over the jet lag,
and my homesickness is becoming much less intense.
I gotta tell you that today's post is going to be
super long again. I have about 55 pictures to share
with you that were taken at Tokyo Quilt Festival on
January 27th. I'll try my best to be quiet so that
you can go to the end quicker. You'll probably find
at least a few quilts that will wow you,
so hopefully you'll enjoy taking a little trip to
Tokyo Quilt Festival at Tokyo Dome with me here!
(Let me apologize in advance for bad pictures!)
Oh, don't forget to stop by Jan's flickr album to
discover more quilts at the festival too!
(She blogged about it here too.)
Was it crowded? Well, how about I let you judge on
that from this picture? Can you believe it was
just a weekday? About 40% of the place was
fabric shops' vendors and the rest of it was used for
quilts exhibition. Jan warned me about the crowd,
saying that I would need to sharpen my elbow
at this place, which made me giddy every time I
remembered it at at the festival.
The first place I stopped by was children's mini
quilts section. Did you hear me right? Children!
Isn't this lovely? It was really encouraging
to know that this nicely done hand applique
Oh how I adore this sushi mini quilt art.
This is a conveyor belt sushi that is pretty
common in Japan. You take a sushi dish you want,
eat as much as you wish, call a staff when
you are done so she/he will come to count the dishes
at your table and charge you for them. Look
at the wasabi peeking underneath raw fish.
That's adorable. Can't believe a 8 year old
boy made this master piece!
Throughout the place there were quilts called
"Friendship Quilts." I think these are basically
quilts made by multiple people in a quilting bee.
Though it might be possible that those folks
who participated in making this quilt together
don't know each other at all. I know some people
who submitted their block to a theme just for
this purpose and that was it. They don't know
anybody who also made blocks for the same quilt.
I found it very interesting..
Not sure about this quilt though, because this
has such a perfectly matching theme. It's like
they are all made by the same person or something.
Isn't it so cute though?!
I can recognize many fabrics that I have and love.
Lookie at the the door that is openable!
This is a really artistic Japanese calligraphy
design too with a nice creative kick. Some of those
characters mean "moon, cloud, wind, water, cherry
blossom, rain... etc" Very calming.
What I really loved about this quilt was the
idea. Basically, this lady who made this quilt
has two sons in Tokyo, very far from where she lives.
On this quilt is appliqued letters that she has
written to her sons in the past years.
Writing a postcard with an original art is
very traditional and is such a thoughtful way
to convey messages for someone you care a lot.
Here in the fish one, she is saying, "I cooked
and ate pacific saury (a type of fish). I heard
it's good for you. I hope you eat fresh food
in Tokyo too. The pool festival ended today, It's
September already. I want to see you again"
The chestnut one - "The chestnut is like a happy
family together. This reminds me of Hisashi and Masashi
(her sons). Let's talk a lot when we can see each other again."
"'Hey Mom, How's everything? Is Dad doing good too?'
I know I am not at the age to receive a phone call
like that from you yet. It doesn't have to be frequent
at all, but I wonder if you could give me a
For some reasons, these messages were really touching
to me. I know my mom was missing me so much for
the two and a half years I never went back to Japan.
I started thinking if this is how she had
been feeling, and I had to leave this quilt behind
soon not to start being teary there.
This picture doesn't do justice in how incredibly
the depth of field was expressed in this mini quilt.
Speechless? I know. It made me speechless too!
This is a really amazing art too.
I loved this framed art. It was so popular that
there was constantly a crowd of people in front
of it. I really wanted to take a good picture of
it so I went back to it a couple of times and
finally got some time to look at it carefully
and shoot this photo. The miniature food applique
is the cutest thing that I definitely want to
be able to make one day...!!
What can I say? It's nothing but a piece of
adorable art, isn't it? Look at the girl bird's
high heels too - cuteness overload!!
This is a really cheerful and colorful
framed art too. So happy.
A very traditional Japanese house looks like
this. You can still find houses like this
in a country side in Japan. It makes me nostalgic.
This is really beautiful too.
This one too. It's like a real picture.
Isn't it tooooo cute??!! Pata pata is a sound
for sweeping with a bloom. Batan, Gon is a
sound for someone falling to the floor.
Haa huu is a sound for feeling comfy in a bath.
There are a lot of fun things in this small art.
I love the three pots and a quilt hung.
If I remember correctly, the label said that
this mini quilt was made with help of her
young daughter's random sketch. Loving the girliness!
So Japanese! You might have been able to tell
from the zakka post, but sweets' theme has been
really trendy now in Japan. You can pretty much
find everything with sweets design like macaroon
shaped pillow cushions and cake-looking candles.
I really like this fun and happy cake art!
Nice, nice. It makes me want to go hiking!
It's so beautiful and striking.
I'm not the only Japanese who's crazy about
European stuff apparently. lol. I thought the designer
of this quilt lives in England, but if I remember
correctly, it said she just visited her friend
in England for 2 weeks. She must have been SO inspired!
Especially union jacks have been a really popular
theme in Japan. I found T-shirts, jackets, stationery
kits, mirrors, wallets, bags among others with a
union jack on them. I'm really excited about
making a union jack block for Erica for Ringo Pie bee!
I really adored this quilt too.
It was everything I love - contrasting colors, typography,
cheerful theme, vintage-ish, and lots of polka dots!
You know how crazy I am about this poodle prints!
Couldn't find the particular prints though... :(
This is beautiful too.
This was really nice especially when I looked at it closely.
I like this because although it seems quite simple,
I know it isn't the case really. There are a lot of
thoughts put into this work.
This was like a real picture! Oh how I miss April
in Japan when cherry blossom is so, so beautiful.
It's like an interesting color chart or something.
This is fun too. I really like patchwork of
colorful Japanese traditional fabrics.
I am totally in love with this. Wonky, fun
typography, unexpectedness - so much fun!
It was really nice to see this quilt because
January was Lisa's month for Ringo Pie bee
where the theme was "Door".
Isn't it a lot of fun?
I love, love, and love this!!!
Once again it's all about what I love!
Probably this was the block I adored the most.
Look how she squeezed "L" in like that!
Whether it was on purpose or not, I am loving it.
I bet many of you like this chair! Lots of
us like a red + aqua combination :D
What I really liked about this quilt was...
The flower collage! Look how it made with
hexagons, lace, and sewing pattern paper!!!
This was made by a fabric designer and the
author of several sewing books Kumiko Fujita.
I have a few books of her and some fabrics too.
You can look at this flickr group by Kerry and Amy
where you can find Kumiko Fujita and typography
stuff! I'll show you some of her fabric that I
snatched while I was in Japan soon too.
This was probably one of my favorite quilts I saw
at the show. I loooooove the French theme!!!!
I really enjoyed paying attention to the detailing
of this quilt.
So pretty! This helped me decide a theme for
my month for Ringo Pie - hehe!
This is really nice piece of art too!
Akiko Endo's quilt is always exhibited at this
Tokyo Quilt Festival and it always wows me
every time I see her work.
So delicate, happy, perfect, and Frenchy!
If you are a big collector of Japanese fabric,
you might have a few fabric stashes designed
by her. Her fabric line is called Atelier Akiko.
I got some of her fabric on the last trip too
which I'll show you soon :)
Wow it looks like I am done with 57 pictures now.
I thought I promised you that I would be quiet
but I wasn't huh, lol, sorry about that!
Hopefully you found some quilts very inspiring.
Which one is your favorite?
By the way, there are more photos from
Tokyo Quilt Festival coming. I took lots
and lots of pictures in Suzuko Koseki's booth.
I can't wait to tell you all about the project
completed by 19 of us in 8 different countries,
how it was presented to Suzuko Koseki, and her reaction.
*A little preview*
Thank you so much again for your time to read my post!
Have a fabulous day!!