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. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Quilts Japan 2012 at NEQM - part one

Yesterday my friend Alyson and I ventured to Lowell to see the New England Quilt Museum's exhibit of quilts from the 2012 Quilts Japan competition.

detail from Streamline by Yoko Komatsuno 



What a treat to see a beautiful and varied selection without crowds, and with information in English.  Taking photos was A-OK too.


Here are a few, starting with Streamline by Yoko Komatsuno:

Streamline by Yoko Komatsuno 


detail from Streamline by Yoko Komatsuno
This one  - Forever More - House - Forever More by Sashiko Nishiyama -  knocked my socks off and I can't believe I neglected to get a photo of the whole quilt.  Scrappy at its very best, and the details were amazing: 

detail from Forever More - House - Forever More by Sashiko Nishiyama 
 Look at this exquisite binding:
detail from Forever More - House - Forever More by Sashiko Nishiyama 

detail from Forever More - House - Forever More by Sashiko Nishiyama 


detail from Forever More - House - Forever More by Sashiko Nishiyama



Here's a superb example of a Japanese "taupe" quilt - The World of Flying Geese by Yoko Suzuki:  


The closer you get, the more color and detail you see. The borders were just stunning!

 I can't even imagine the levels of patience and precision necessary for making this quilt.


The competition is open internationally.  Here is a shimmering, beautiful piece from an Italian quilter:  

Tile Lines by Teresa Gai 


detail from Tile Lines by Teresa Gai 
And this one from Switzerland: 
Vibrato by Marianne Haeni 


detail from Vibrato by Marianne Haeni 

detail from Vibrato by Marianne Haeni 
At first I glossed over this next one, because the color scheme isn't my favorite really.  But... upon closer look, wowsa, what a masterful quilt, all hand pieced, appliqued, and quilted, just beautiful. Surrounded by Lily Bouquets by Mitsuko Kazama:

Surrounded by Lily Bouquets by Mitsuko Kazama


detail from Surrounded by Lily Bouquets by Mitsuko Kazama

detail from Surrounded by Lily Bouquets by Mitsuko Kazama

I have photos of a few more to share in my next post... 

For now I am enjoying the last night of a week's worth of no one asking me "what's for dinner?" ... but I am ready for "the boys" to get home!  They have been in Japan for the week - David for business mostly, and Tommy to see friends, visit his old school, explore his old haunts, etc.  

Back here on the ranch, there's been this outside: 


And this inside: 

Soooo ready for spring!