Symphony of Colors Exhibit

Symphony of Colors was a special exhibit during Quilt Week at Paducah this year. The quilts are original designs by Japanese quilt makers, often pieced and quilted by hand. Sizes are rounded off as these quilts were measured to the 7/8-inch (perhaps because of a conversion from the metric). Part of the official description: “Quilts came to Japan at the end of 1970, as a new hobby from America. Japanese women received it as an American culture and started making them. They studied about quilts in books and some advanced people started a school to teach quiltmaking. After ten years, Japanese quilters found their own way to make and build up the new category of Japanese Quilts, instead of copying American quilts… In this exhibit, some of the quilts feature a strong expression of the Japanese style, while others express it more quietly.” p.136, Quilt Week, Paducah Show Book.

Notice the subtle change in applique shapes from fish to trees to birds to triangles.

White Woods, Symphony of Colors Exhibit, 73x89

White Woods, Symphony of Colors Exhibit, 73×89, Keiko Yoshida

White Wisteria, Symphony of Colors

White Wisteria, Symphony of Colors, 68×83, Keiko Yoshida

World As If Floating, Symphony of Colors

World As If Floating, Symphony of Colors, 69×69, Pachiko Yoshida

Autumn Breeze, Symphony of Colors

Autumn Breeze, Symphony of Colors, 78×79, Akiko Kawata

Rose Garden, Symphony of Colors

Rose Garden, Symphony of Colors, 81×81, Akiko Kawata

Honoka, Symphony of Colors

Honoka, Symphony of Colors, 57×53, Yoshiko Katagiri

All of these circles have finished edges and are appliqued by hand!

Life, Symphony of Colors

Life, Symphony of Colors, 79×79, Yoshiko Katagiri

Wild Flowers, Symphony of Colors

Wild Flowers, Symphony of Colors, 78×76, Yoshiko Sakurai

Rose Garden, Symphony of Colors

Rose Garden, Symphony of Colors, 91×78, Junko Yazawa

Flowering, Symphony of Colors

Flowering, Symphony of Colors, 78×78, Sachiko Yoshida

Dianthus, In Memory of My Mother, Symphony of Colors

Dianthus, In Memory of My Mother, Symphony of Colors, 77×77, Sachiko Yoshida


Pompom Mum, Symphony of Colors

Pompom Mum, Symphony of Colors, 67×74, Reiko Naganuma

This was my favorite, Autumn Sky.

Autumn Sky, Symphony of Colors

Autumn Sky, Symphony of Colors, 68×90, Reiko Naganuma

Peony, Symphony of Colors

Peony, Symphony of Colors, 74×75, Kuniko Saka

Poet Byakuren, Symphony of Colors

Poet Byakuren, Symphony of Colors, 67×78, Kuniko Saka

Poet Byakuren, detail

Poet Byakuren, detail

Waves and Weeping Cherry, Symphony of Colors

Waves and Weeping Cherry, Symphony of Colors, 43×55, Kathy Nakajima

Waves and Weeping Cherry Tree, Symphony of Colors

Waves and Weeping Cherry Tree, detail, Kathy Nakajima

Spring Ocean, Symphony of Colors

Spring Ocean, Symphony of Colors, 55×39, Kathy Nakajima

Usuzumi Sakura, Symphony of Colors

Usuzumi Sakura, Symphony of Colors, Eiko Okana

Usuzumi Sakura, detail

Usuzumi Sakura, detail, Eiko Okana

Next time I’ll wrap up Paducah with some of my favorite quilts, no particular category. Quilt shows can be overwhelming and make you doubt your abilities and work. They can also be very inspiring and encourage you to try new techniques. My only disappointment was that I was looking for Japanese taupe fabrics to make some quilted household items. I think I will try to dye some fabrics myself as I only found a couple batiks at Hancock’s of Paducah (not to be confused with Hancock’s chain store) and some hand-dyeds at a little shop downtown. I was also looking for a small red and green stripe for the binding of my Christmas quilt–nary a one in this huge warehouse of fabrics. I can get back to quilting this now that I have more 75/11 needles, which is what I’m using with the mono-poly clear thread. I have quilted the center blocks and now can do the outside blocks. If I were really brave, I would free-motion the straight lines but instead, I do a lot of pivoting.

Fabric purchases

Fabric purchases

Straight line stitching

Straight line stitching

The other project which is taking a lot of my time is rebranding myself. I want to change my blog/website name but I’m having some domain issues. We’ll see how it goes after holidays are over. Till next time, be sure to keep an eye on your local weather and stay safe. Poor Texas is floating away again.







Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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