I arrived home this past Friday night from a spectacular adventure in Japan.
I’m filled with wonderful memories – and I’m tired. Yesterday I attempted to organize my thoughts and pictures, but we experienced, ate and created so much that it’s going to take me a while to to be able to share it concisely. So here’s a brief overview 😊:
There were 18 of us total in our group and our Japanese guide couldn’t have done a better job. It was a delightful group. We all got along well and everyone stayed quite healthy. Praise the Lord!
The Great International Quilt Festival was fantastic, overwhelming and deserving of a post of it’s own.
Tokyo, Mt. Fugi and Kyoto were each different and very special in their own right.
We were amazed at how friendly the people were, how clean and litter-free everything was, and how few vegetables were included in many of their meals (rice, noodles, seafood, fried food and salt were available in abundance).
I did enjoy the meals, and tried it all. They were beautifully presented but I must admit, I was ready for a hamburger when we returned home!
Then there were the classes and fiber art exhibits! We were bombarded with so much inspiration and creativity. These too deserve their own post.
I believe one of the highlights for all of us was to see Vicki Spiering’s quilt in the Quilt Festival. Her snowboarder quilt “Shred the Gnar” was not only accepted into the show – but she won an award!
Their awards are presented in picture frames (to the right of the quilt) instead of the ribbons so popular at our shows. Vicki’s quilt was quite different from any of the other quilts in competition and very worthy of the prize. Congratulations Vicki!
I look forward to sharing more of our adventure soon. Until then, please read on to learn about an art quilt show taking place now!
The ThreadBenders Fiber Art group (of which I’m a member) currently have an exhibit of their work at the Whitewater Arts Alliance through February 23rd. I was in attendance at our opening reception this afternoon. Quilts from 3 of our challenges are on display as well as a room filled with our own “artists choice” quilts. Here are a few photos from the exhibit:
The details follow! Please plan a visit – you’re sure to enjoy!