Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quilts Japan 2012 at NEQM - part two

Here are a few more quilts from the show at NEQM - it's there til mid April - if you are local, be sure to see it!  There are many more, and they are all so interesting and special.

First, Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii (what a title!).  A reminder that many of these quilts must have been created around the time of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  
Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii. 

 The indigo and white combination - so classic:
detail from Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii. 

detail from Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii. 
 Even in a classic two color quilt, bits of other color are used to great effect:
detail from Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii. 

Another beautiful border here:
detail from Flower Calendar - Where are all the Flowers? Flower Offerings Prayers - Keep Going! Japan by Emi Nii. 

Hope by Kiyuko Miyashita: 

Hope by Kiyuko Miyashita
I know I have seen this quilt in person before.  It is famous, I believe.  The blocks are simple; the placement is genius.

Quilted (or perhaps, as the description implies, embroidered before sandwiching) in bright concentric circles, with sashiko-style stitches:

detail from Hope by Kiyuko Miyashita

detail from Hope by Kiyuko Miyashita
And on the other end of the emotional spectrum, Stripes and Kasuri Harmony by Reiko Saito: 
Stripes and Kasuri Harmony by Reiko Saito

Vintage indigo:
detail from Stripes and Kasuri Harmony by Reiko Saito


I just love these varied light indigo pieces, and the organic sashiko stitches:
detail from Stripes and Kasuri Harmony by Reiko Saito
As I mentioned earlier, the competition is open internationally.  Here's a quilt from the USA (imagine landing in Lowell MA, via Japan!).  It is At the Circus by Marianne Burr - just stunning!  

At the Circus by Marianne Burr

detail from At the Circus by Marianne Burr
 Beautiful stitching, glowy silks.
detail from At the Circus by Marianne Burr

detail from At the Circus by Marianne Burr


Lastly a stunning example of beauty, balance, attention to detail using vintage fabrics.   Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi:

Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi

detail from Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi


Notice the reverse applique:
detail from Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi

detail from Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi

detail from Flower Baskets of Patterns by Yukiko Uozumi

That's it from me, a little Japan fix in the middle of winter!  It's a small show, but so worth seeing.  There are many more that I did not photograph.  I may go see it again before it closes April 12.