Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Symphony of Colors: Japanese Quilts

Quilts came to Japan at the end of 1970 as a new hobby from America. Since then, the Japanese quilters have developed their own style using traditional fabrics and motifs.  We are fascinated by the meticulous applique and quilting, which we've tried to capture in close-up photos. Each of these quilts is more than 6 feet across, which gives you an idea of the amount of work involved in these creations.  This is part 2 of a two-part series.

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World As If Floating by Pachiko Yoshida

White Woods by Keiko Yoshida

White Wisteria, 68 x 83", by Keiko Yoshida

Usuzumi Sakura (#11 in Bridal Robe series), ~78 x 59", by Eiko Okano

Dianthus - In Memory of my Mother, ~77 x 77",by Sachiko Yoshida

Autumn Sky, ~68 x 80", by Reiko Naganuma

Pompom Mum ~67 x 74", by Reiko Naganuma


Mizumandara, 83 x 83", by Yoko Ueda

Stars of the Sea, 77 x 77', by Yoko Ueda

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 AQS QuiltWeek in Phoenix, Arizona.


  1. My own simple quilts pale into comparison to these beauties! There is such talent in the quilting world!

  2. It has been amazing to watch the progress over the years. One of the first shows I attended, I was met by a perfectly gorgeous copy of a Baltimore album quilt at the entryway. It took my breath away. Then I entered the room and every quilt was a perfect copy of something vintage American. The needlework and quilting were all done by hand and so perfect. I left that show thinking I had viewed an obsession or maybe a sickness.
    Finally, though I do see many quilts inspired by the antique western model, I am beginning to see something more Japanese. As most homes are small and such a thing as a bedroom is a luxury beyond reach, many still use futons which are picked up during the day and put in a cupboard to make room for a table and cushions. The idea of a bed cover must be still rather rare and inviting someone to your bedroom, very unlikely. Therefore, many of the Japanese quilts are what might be termed "wall art". I wish some day you guys could get to a show in Japan but it looks as though you have seen a wide representation of what quilting is taking on here. Each year I see a bit more fused raw-edge applique and machine stitching, but the beautiful hand work is always present . Now, if we could just get the quilter's names printed in Roman letters! That doesn't seem to be a problem where you are.

  3. thanks for sharing these incredible quilts - just forwarded this to friends.


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