The familiar site of yellow boxes waiting for me in an empty space still excites me, will I be able to make my booth look nice, who will I meet here, what things will they love and want to buy? All these things go through my head as I look at these boxes which represent weeks of preparation by the girls in the office and in the kit cutting room.
I had breakfast at the Moomin cafe where the choice of delicious sandwiches, pastries and all things Moomin abound.
Day one, thankfully we had customers and even nicer we had customers who had been to us the year before who brought photos of completed projects which was very excting.
After a busy day what nicer ending that dinner with friends, Priscilla (owner of Stitch Publications where we get our 'in English' versions of Yoko Saitao's gorgeous books, there re now 6 titles available with another three due later this year) and Nireko my good friend who is now living back in Tokyo.
Many of you will know Sae from the store, she is with me here in Tokyo and her lovely mum is also here helping me.
Here I am on the other side of the table with Reiko Kato and two new friends from Spain, Mercé and her husband whom I hope to see again later this year in Septemeber when I visit Spain for workshops.
It seemed that we were not the only ones that had a fun night out,,,,mama chicken had obviously been partying all night and was still confused when we came to work the next morning....poor girl....
Now for a few quilt pictures, I cant tell you much about each quilt as the information is all in Japanese :(
This ladies parasol quilt took my eye.
This quilt didnt photograph as well as I woud have liked which is a shame as its a lovely quilt.
The intricate flower border which is hanging from the edges of the quilt is made from hundreds of flowers and leaves which I think are the pre-cut leather type flowers and leaves that you can get easily here. Of course its possible that they ahve al been cut by hand...wow!
I really like the whole room displays they have here, they attention to detail to keep your eye interested and at every place you look there is something amazing to see. This quilt was floating in the space and surrounded by huge balls of flowers.
This is a sweet spring scene which I have tried to take a panorama photo for you (new gadget I just rediscovered on my phone) in the hope that you can get a feel for the size of the display.
The gorgeous wedding chapel was in the centre, for the rabbits to get married in perhaps?
This hexagon quilt is amazing, the design reminds me of the wonderful Moorish floors that you find in placs like the Alhambra in Spain and other buildings of that type, even the colouring captures the mood.
The hexagons are maybe 1/2" or slightly less as the Japanese work in mm's.
The handquilting was so tiny and as you can see each hexagon has been quilted in the traditional way.
Well I am out of time for this morning as I need to head back to TokyoDome stadium for day 3.
The first day there were a little over 27,000 visitors and yesterday was very crowded so it will be interesting to see how many visitors there were. The people sitting in the stadium seats are resting thier weary legs and eating lunch as this is the designated area for having your lunch. It was standing room only on the very crowded show floor.
bye for now