Tuesday September 2nd 2014

Spotlight on Japan: Miyako Suwa

Make sure you reserve your tickets now to the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012.

Visitors to the show will be amazed by the new exhibition on display: “Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists”. This stunning quilt display includes 50 of the best textile art pieces coming from Japan.

Click Here to learn more about this exhibition

This exhibition is free with AQS Quilt Show Admission

Today, we’re spotlighting one of the works in this exclusive exhibition: One Last Present by Miyako Suwa.

Color development in Japanese clothing culture is strongly related to Japanese culture and to the people’s character.

Miyako Suwa made her quilt, One Last Present, using fabric from her mother’s colorful kimonos, which she wore when she was young. She passed away in April 2012, before celebrating her 88th birthday. Miyako made this quilt thinking of her mother with the hope that this quilt and her mother’s smile will protect her.

Click the image to the right to see a larger version of this stunning tribute to Miyako’s mother.

The quilt is machine pieced, hand embroidered with featherstitching, and hand quilted. More than 50 yo-yos surround each hexagon, and even more yo-yos surround the diamonds. If you look closely at the detail, you can see how the yo-yos hold the hexagons and diamonds together after the shapes were completed and quilted.

This quilt will join 49 others at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012.

Order Your Tickets for the Des Moines Quilt Show Today

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