Treasures of Yamagata was a collection of quilts created by the Peaceful Heart Quilt Group in Yamagata Prefecture in north-east Japan. They were set a challenge by Susan Briscoe who also provided three challenge fabrics. All the quilts illustrate the natural beauty of the area where the quilters live. It is a major rice producing region with both coast and mountains to inspire.
Sankyo Soko (Rice Warehouses) by Sato Seiko.
I love the cranes, individually appliqued, flying along the river.
Sennen Noki (A Thousand Year Old Tree) by Sakuraba Aiko
This ancient tree stands on Mount Chokai, the fifth highest mountain in Japan.
HaguroZan (Haguro Mountain) by Domon Reiko
I love the movement the three-dimensional applique cherry blossom gives to this quilt. 2446 stone steps lead to the top of this mountain, passing shrines, this waterfall and other holy sites.
Map of Yamagata by Ishikawa Keiko
I had seen this quilt in magazines but didn't realise until seeing it today, in the flesh as it were, that the pieces making up the map are all created with sashiko stitches. This style is Yuza sashiko on the traditional very dark indigo blue background. Here's a close-up:
Isn't it wonderful?
Yamadera (Mountain Temple) by Domon Koto
This quilt also included Yuza sashiko, on the paths and the mountain peaks.
Shonai Obako (Shonai Maiden) by Ikeda Chie
The maiden is dressed using the actual fabrics of the working clothes of farmer's wives. The face mask (hankotanna) and the hand covers (tebukuro) protect the skin from the harsh weather and maintain the beauty of the maiden. This quilt also included Yuza sashiko:
Later this week I'll post my photographs of the Oriental Fabric competition entries.