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    Photos from Tokyo International Quilt expo

    Hi
    I am new here on the forum and to quilting , loving MSQ.
    I live in Japan and want to share some pictures of the types of quilts popular here. Totally different I think from US style modern fast machine quilting.
    I went to the huge Tokyo International Quilt festival in January. Held in Tokyo dome (imagine Yankees Stadium) I think I read it is the largest quilt festival in the world somewhere!
    This years theme was Moomin the Swedish (?) Children's book character That is why many of the photos show Moomin.
    In Japan they seem to do more hand piecing, appliqué, and the quilts (at least the ones I saw at the Expo) were more works of art to hang on the wall rather than to snuggle under on the sofa.
    The stalls sell a lot of smaller cuts, not usually bundled up in coordinating sets. Certainly no jelly rolls or layer cakes here. Though I did research online and found that Moda have a supplier here, I visited the stall - they had a few Jelly rolls but not many.
    I don't think I have the patience to do such elaborate quilts like the ones shown here, instead I enjoy MSQ tutorials (Thank you Jenny) and will rely on my friends who visit the States to receive my orders from MSQ and bring them back to Japan for me.
    If anyone here happens to live in Japan, or is interested in visiting, so let me know- maybe we can met up-or even attend next years Tokyo Quilt festival!

    I tried to upload them here, but seems I have to do one by one. If you are interested please take a look at my flicker photo album.( I hope that is ok to post the link here)

    https://flic.kr/ps/2QqLC9

    Maria
    Last edited by MariaNaito; March 15, 2014, 01:50 AM. Reason: Forgot to add bit about Moomin

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    Thanks for sharing those photos, Maria. That show featured some absolutely awesome quilts! I have a question about the series that had the unusual animal in it-- what is that animal? Those were really clever quilts! Oh, sorry, you already answered that question! I never heard of Moomin!

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      I spent a couple of tours on Okinawa. Not exactly Japan but still experienced the patient graciousness of the culture. Never thought it would cross over to the skill of quilting! They are gorgeous. Were most of them with Moomin miniatures?

      Thanks so much for sharing, Maria!

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        Thank you got posting those beautiful pictures, Maria... I have never heard of Moomin, either....but he is cute.

        I lived in Missawa years ago...in the 1950's, actually... I very clearly remember how gracious the people were...


        Sandy from Cincinnati


        AKA Kermit

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          Thank your for the photos, Maria. The workmanship and difficulty of many of the quilts is awesome. That was a terrific display of quilts.
          sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


          Scottie Mom Barb

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            Thank you for sharing. What colors!!! So gorgeous.
            Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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              Thanks for sharing. I just loved looking at these quilts. So much work and artistic talent amongst them all.
              HUGS,
              Lenore


              "I'm not crazy. My Mother had me tested." (Dr Sheldon Cooper)

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                How interesting! I live by Nagasaki, so quite a bit away from Tokyo. We have friends up in Yokoska so maybe next year I'd be able to go. We have a fabric store here, much like a Jo-ann's but I order 99% of my stuff here. I recently brought a finished top there to pick out fabric for the back and before I new it I had about 7 employee's gathered around admiring it. I heard a lot of "so-goy" and "kawaii" and they wanted to know if I hand stitched it. Ah, no. And if I plan to hand quilt it. Ah, no. Thanks for sharing!

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                  So much inspiration. Do I aspire to do that?? No way - never have the patience but certainly appreciate the work put into those beauties. Thanks so much for sharing.
                  Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                  it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                  "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                    Maria, welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. Those quilts are stunning, truly works of art. It would be difficult to pick a winner.

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                      Thank you for sharing, it is always interesting to see quilt from different countries. They were Stunning.
                      Lynn R

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                        Absolutely beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Forum.

                        I do have a question that hopefully you will be able to answer. I have been hearing the term recently in the US "Japanese Cotton". Can you shed some light on exactly what the difference may be (other than the fact the fabric is manufactured in Japan and much more expensive) between Japanese cotton and the typical quilting cotton that we are more familiar with?

                        FYI - I've seen the prices from $10.00-$25.00 a yard for the Japanese cotton.

                        Thanks!

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                          Maria.......thanks for sharing the pictures! Those quilts are gorgeous! My favorite is the one with the red flowers in the foreground. You must have had a great time.
                          "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

                          Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
                          Sheldon (intrigued): You have a sarcasm sign?

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                            Thanks so much for sharing these. It must have been almost overwhelming to be surrounded by so much inspiration and beauty.

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                              Thanks for sharing. Amazing talent!

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