Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fun stuff

Erratum: My quilt photos from yesterday seemed to have loaded in the wrong order. The junior winner was the fish quilt not the intricate pickle dish. 
Saturday was sumo day. On the way we stumbled across a temple in beautiful gardens, complete with a performing monkey and a christening. 

At the end of his tricks his,owner turned on the heater for him!

The baby cried thru the whole ceremony. That's grandma in the middle dressed in lots of finery. 

We watched a few wrestlers arriving like film stars on the red carpet. They are massive!

Sunday we hopped on the bullet train and headed for Hiroshima. Lovely city despite its history. 

I hope the girl next to me didn't  mind her picture being taken! Mt Fuji in all its glory on the five hour train ride. Amazing trip. Why can't we do something like that. 

Gardens everywhere and proper coffee shops. 

It looked like a meth lab. The coffee is produced from a test tube and a Bunsen burner thingy. Very modern. 

All around the Peace Park are these pAper cranes - thousands,of them and so pretty. 

These are all made up,of individual origami cranes. Beautiful. 
Finally at dinner we saw this little guy out for a walk. How bizarre!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tokyo Quilt Show pt 2

This won 1st prize in the Original Design category. 

Winner in the Junior category

I'd love to make this 

This was a 1st prize winner but I can't remember what it was for. Beautiful. 

This was amazing and what a great idea. Little hexies on bigger hexies. 
Today we went to the Tokyo fish markets for breakfast. What an experience. Couldn't identify half the produce and all the breakfast menus were fish related. Very interesting!
Went to Yuzawaya department store and found the fabric section OMG! Echino for $14/m! Japan's Spotlight for sure. And found a Kinokuniya store for the magazine Patchwork Tsushin. Bargain at $11 - usually $30 in Australia. 
Tomorrow is punk city - the land of Anime. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tokyo Quilt Show pt 1

We are finally here! It's freezing and raining but who cares. These are my travelling companions, Heather, Esme and the long suffering Tony
As you can see we're all rugged up 
Note the diamond quilt on the forecourt!
We queued for 30 mins for a ticket, then 30 mins to actually get in. All those umbrellas are out in the rain. 
This is the view on entry. The show is over the baseball pitch with the stands all around for eating and resting. 
Just a few pics of quilts I liked and more in the next post. 
All the pieces in the compass were appliquéd not pieced. 
Close up of the above. 

Amazing stretched diamonds. 
This was,so intricate. 
More tomorrow with this great free wi fi. We're off to have yummy ramen for dinner. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Summer schools

Friday saw me at Quiltsmith in Annandale for a workshop on my Scrappy Windmill quilt. 
Twelve lovely ladies came along and made a block each. Some were hand piecing but most were machining. 

Lots of beautiful  fabric combinations were appearing on the design wall...
We had Kaffe inspired, some reproductions and most were just scrappy. How the block looks best I feel!
A good time was had by all and the day is being repeated on Sunday 12th April for those on the waiting list. There's also a new quilt - Atomic Star - being offered on the same day. Call the shop if you're interested.