Special Feature Exhibit Little Women

Special Feature Exhibit Little Women interpreted by Four Quilt Artists

Little Women is the coming-of-age story of four sisters growing up in 19th-century America. To mark the 150th anniversary of the novel’s publication, four Japanese artists render the story of each character in their quilts. Oldest sister Meg is portrayed by Reiko Washizawa. The boyish and active Jo is presented by Kathy Nakajima. Quilter Suzuko Koseki takes on the theme of the quiet and lonesome Beth. Yoko Saito depicts youngest sister — and talented artist — Amy.

Our beloved Little Women

Since its publication in 1868, Little Women has been a favorite of women around the world, and several film adaptations have been made over the years. One reason for the novel’s enduring popularity may be that readers find that each of the four characters’ stories resonate with them in different ways. Hand-made quilts figure throughout the story. In one memorable scene, the sisters sew a quilt as they chat in front of the fireplace. Fourteen outstanding artists create quilts inspired by the sisters and by key scenes.

Quilt artists

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Precious needlework from the collection of the house of Little Women is showcased — the first time it has ever been shown outside the Orchard House.

Used with permission from Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

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The Complete Collection of Works by Fumiko Nakayama: In Praise of Molas

Fumiko Nakayama, the leading artist in molas, or reverse applique, is also a collector of needlework created by different minority groups in the world. Molas is a traditional art form of the Guna people in Panama. Several layers of bright fabrics are cut, and then reverse-appliqued to depict animals and nature. Enjoy the lively world of molas created by Nakayama, depicting the vast universe and untamed jungles.

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My Way of Quiltmaking A Return to the Forest'

Four quilt artists create their interpretations of the theme of a forest teeming with life. The colorful images they create include the forest fairy Tomte from Scandinavian folklore, a chameleon in a rainforest on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, a house made of cakes and candies from Hansel and Gretel, and a huge forest-dwelling dragon.

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Newly Created Quilts by Japanese Quilt Artists Japan in My Heart

Giving form to the idea of “Japan”
47 outstanding quilt artists create visual expressions of what Japan means to them.

Quilt artists

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Kichijoji Story: Where Quilting Started in Japan

Quilt House Yama (1976-2007) launched the quilt boom in Japan. Its founder, Takako Onoyama, built the foundation for Japanese quilt culture. Her efforts, which continued until her death in 2011, included importing quilt fabrics from the USA and inviting artists from overseas.
This exhibit features antique quilts from the 1800s from the collection of Takako Onoyama. In addition, quilt artists Shizuko Kuroha — a former teacher at Yama — and Naoko Shimoda, who works in the Kichijoji area, also show their works.

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Picture Book Quilts The World of Eric Carl

Enjoy the world of Eric Carle, children's author from America, in framed quilts.

™ & © 2017 Eric Carle LLC.

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Mini Stage

Sat., Jan. 27 and Sun., Jan. 28
Kathy Nakajima
Hawaiian/Tahitian Dance
Tues., Jan. 30
Kuniko Yamada

* Performers are subject to change.

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Partnership Quilts Tree of Life Project

Quilt blocks collected from viewers of NHK's popular television program Suteki ni Handmade (Joy of Working with Hands) have been pieced together into 60 different fun quilts, all incorporating the Tree of Life pattern, under the supervision of quilt artist Sanae Kono.
Raffle tickets will be sold for these Partnership Quilts throughout the festival, with the proceeds to benefit a charitable cause.
This year, a total of 9,141 quilt blocks were collected.

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On-the-Spot Lessons

At four booths placed throughout the site, quilt artists give lessons and demonstrate techniques all day throughout the festival.

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Quilt artists

Little Women Interpreted by Four Quilt Artists

  • Kathy Nakajima
  • Suzuko Koseki
  • Yoko Saito
  • Reiko Washizawa/Momoe Miura

Our beloved Little Women

  • Ritsuko Ariki
  • Sanae Kono
  • Toshiko Kobayashi
  • Tsuneko Shimura
  • Chieko Shiraishi
  • Hiroko Ninagawa
  • Noriko Nozawa
  • Hideko Mayuzumi
  • Megumi Mizuno
  • Isako Murakami
  • Junko Yazawa
  • Pachiko Yoshida
  • Kimie Yoshimasa
  • Masako Wakayama

Complete Works by Fumiko Nakayama In Praise of Molas

  • Fumiko Nakayama

My Way of Quiltmaking A Return to the Forest

  • Osami Gonohe
  • Akane Sakamoto
  • Miki Yakita
  • Mayumi Yonenaga

Newly Created Quilts by Japanese Quilt Artists Japan in My Heart

  • Yoko Akafuji
  • Mitsuyo Akita
  • Keiko Ike
  • Etsuko Ishitobi
  • Noriko Inafune
  • Yoko Ueda
  • Emiko Toda Loeb
  • Akiko Endo
  • Eiko Okano
  • Satoko Okamura
  • Yoshiko Katagiri
  • Masako Katase
  • Ayako Kawakami
  • Kim Sa-Sook
  • Yoshiko Kurihara
  • Hiroko Koike
  • Keiko Goke
  • Kiyoko Goto
  • Teiko Saito
  • Miyoko Sakai
  • Junko Sawada
  • Taeko Shinozaki
  • Toshie Shinohara
  • Yoko Sekita
  • Michiko Sonobe
  • Keiko Takahashi
  • Naoko Takeshita
  • Hitomi Hanaoka
  • Kiyoko Harada
  • Junko Himeno
  • Kumiko Fujita
  • Noriko Masui
  • Yoneko Maruya
  • Keiko Minato
  • Keiko Miyauchi
  • Junko Miyazaki
  • Machiko Miyatani
  • Mieko Miyama
  • Mitsuko Murakami
  • Miyoko Murata
  • Miwako Mogami
  • Keiko Morishita
  • Keiko Morita
  • Toshie Yamagata
  • Yoshiko Yokoi
  • Kyoko Yoshida
  • Sachiko Yoshida

Kichijoji Story: Where Quilting Started in Japan

  • Naoko Shimoda
  • Shizuko Kuroha

Picture Book Quilts The World of Eric Carle

  • Mayu Eguchi
  • Yoshi Oide
  • Momo Ozaki
  • Shinobu Katano
  • Masami Kunishige
  • Emi Kuronuma
  • Miki Gomi
  • Akiko Sato
  • Kaori Zenke
  • Tomoko Takagi
  • Kozue Nakamura
  • Noriko Hanazawa
  • Kanako Hamamoto
  • Akiko Fukui
  • Masako Fujimura
  • Taki Horiguchi
  • Naoko Masuda
  • Seiko Matsunami
  • Yukiko Maruhama
  • Emiko Mohri

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