I’m overwhelmed. Sort of like the feeling I got when I saw the Grand Canyon in person for the first time. Pictures don’t convey the feeling. There is much to tell but I will start with my favorite category and a big reason I wanted to attend this show–Handmade. The only machine stitching allowed in this category is the first step in attaching the binding. Of the 19 quilts displayed in this category, 15 of the quilters were Japanese. I did not have a very good system for getting the proper credits with each quilt so I am only showing the few I know to be correct. This quilt had 12,256 hexagons, some of which had circles appliqued on them. The back (appliqued and embroidered in a woven triangular pattern) was also exquisite but I did not get a photo. It is by Cheryl See of Ashburn, VA.
This quilt’s hexagons were even smaller so I can’t even guess at the total number of pieces. It is by Isako Wada of Japan.
I love the shimmering colors in this quilt by Judith Thompson of Wenonah, NJ.
And I could meditate for hours on this quilt by Akemi Sugiyama of Japan.
Sadly, this quilt by Kyoko Yamauchi of Japan is the only one in this group of which I got a close up. I love the lacy reverse applique in combination with the regular hand applique.