Well we did it! We made it to the Quilt Festival in Tokyo.
My wonderful husband wins the prize - he came along to help me through the train system and to push Charlotte in a stroller. He did enjoy some of the quilts, but I know he came along mainly for my benefit, which I greatly appreciate! This was his favorite quilt:
When we arrived in Tokyo it was freezing cold and raining, but we managed to slosh our way through cold puddles and climb stone steps to make it to the ticket booth at the Tokyo Dome.
I have never been to any quilt show before, so I don't know if they're all big like this, but I felt this one was huge! Here's a shot from the second floor when we first walked in.
We started by wandering among the display quilts. There was so much amazing handwork - tiny perfect little quilting stitches that made some gorgeous quilts.
They had a whole hexagon display - I'm a sucker for these.
That one was hand-quilted.
Do you hear me?
Look at all those teeny tiny stitches!?!
Such inspiring detail.
After we browsed around, it was time for lunch: Bento boxes :)
and of course the Japanese have invented the tidiest way to eat ice cream - a cone pocket encasing vanilla ice cream. There was no dripping.
Then I went shopping!
I bought some Liberty of London, Moda Japan, and an adorable little kit to make a teeny tiny coin purse. There were thousands and thousands of people there. The Japanese have this way of very politely shoving you to the side if you are in the way - so you know, when in Rome. And actually my baby bump came in handy - I just used it to push my way through all those tiny Japanese women to see what I wanted to see :)
There was one section of the designer's booths.
Some of them were there to answer questions and give little speeches.
Here were some of my favorite booths:
How cute are these little kiwi and orange pillows?
It was a really great day - long and tiring for a Mama almost 8 mo. pregnant, but totally worth it.
So I'm working on a project with my Liberty of London to share with you later in the week.
Hope you all had a great weekend!