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There were some ordinary quilts… but I didn’t take pictures of those ones

There were some ordinary quilts… but I didn’t take pictures of those ones

There were even some ordinary quilts at the Tokyo Quilt show… but I didn’t take pictures of those ones…

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Chunky hand quilting gives great bite to art quilt

Chunky hand quilting gives great bite to art quilt

One of my favorites. I love this thick cotton and the chunky hand quilting with what looks like crochet cotton. I love the randomness and sharp contrasts of this art quilt. If you’re just finding this blog now, I pretty much stumbled across the International Tokyo quilt Show when I was in Tokyo on a…

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Martial arts fighter made of postage sized squares

Martial arts fighter made of postage sized squares

This large quilt was made up of tiny postage size squares to create this large figure on martial arts fighter. Even the money is beautiful in Japan so I snapped the money drawer too.

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Subtle fabric shifts in Japanese quilts

Subtle fabric shifts in Japanese quilts

I am not a traditional quilter by any means but I used to go to International Quilt Market every year with my Pavelka Design sewing patterns and I was certainly exposed to the full range of quilt things on the market from about 1993 – 2000. The thing that really struck me about the majority…

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Tokyo Quilt Show, from traditional to contemporary

Tokyo Quilt Show, from traditional to contemporary

So much to take in. Art quilts from abstract to figurative to these extremely fine traditional kimonos were on display. These carefully dyed kimonos were very finely embroidered with fine silk threads and metallic threads. I walked my buns off and spent from about 10 till 4 there, meeting people, taking pictures, buying only a…

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Young and hip kimonos in Tokyo Quilt Show

Young and hip kimonos in Tokyo Quilt Show

Kimonos are worn by many women, young and old, in Tokyo. This young woman pulled off a pretty hip and colorful style with hers.

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