Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival 2017 part 3

Some photos were taken in a hurry as I rushed from the booth to lunch, or back again. Closeups are all I have of these beautiful quilts.

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The geometry is complex and amazing. When people who don’t quilt think that quilters are old grannies who sit around making simple blankets, I want to show them these and say “So how well did you do in advanced mathematics in college? How about color theory in art?”

The gorgeous gem above is all shibori silk from vintage kimono and haori. Hand pieced, naturally.

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More incredible hand piecing and applique. I can’t imagine piecing all those patchwork hexagons and then covering them up with even more layers of detail.

Then there are the quilts I want to look at all day while absorbing each and every detail. The layers here aren’t just fabric, they are stories. So many stories.

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Vintage kasuri blocks in dark indigo, pale blue shibori skies, earthy browns.

Splashes of old kimono in brighter hues set a great contrast against muted tones.

Tight, sharp corners and soft edges, three-dimensional elements and flat planes. Sometimes the fabric is talking, other times thread takes up the narration. Both sing together in tune.

Some quilts tell one story from a distance, and quite another up close. This one comes across as curvy and simple. There’s more to it, of course.

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Each curved portion is a log cabin block. And within some of those log cabin blocks? More log cabin blocks.

Teeny tiny ones.

More quilts to come, and more cities, too.

I’m scheduling lectures, classes, and shows for the year and will be updating those shortly.

Part 2 – click here

Part 1 – click here

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