Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

Friday, April 22, 2011

While I was working in Japan, I took some time off and my husband and I traveled to Kyoto. As is the case on most of our urban vacations, I dragged him to the Kyoto Modern Art Museum (MOMAK, as they call it), only to find out that they were closed.  It was not a day they were normally supposed to be closed, so I was a more than a little irritated, which my husband, no doubt, can confirm!  The Tokyo Modern Art Museum had been a bit of a disappointment - I was interested in understanding the modern art movement in Japan specifically, however, what we saw at the Tokyo museum was mostly european style modern art simply made by Japanese artists.  I wanted to see Japanese modern art and was sure the MOMAK was going to deliver.

Once we realized we were not getting into the MOMAK, I begrudgingly agreed to go across the street to the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art at my husband's suggestion.  Boy, was I glad we went.  It just so happened that some students were setting up their textile arts for their graduation exhibit.  It didn't actually open until the next day, but they let us wander through anyway.  What we saw just blew my mind.  There are only a few spots left in my memory anymore (thank you chemo-brain) and this exhibit definitely made it in.

Kyoto Municipal Museum. Click on the photo to see more images from the exhibit.

By the way, we did finally make it to the MOMAK.  They had a much better collection of Japanese modern art than the Tokyo museum, however, nothing that took the place in my memory of the textile art exhibit.  

Tokyo Subway Quilt - 3/5 complete

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I took a break from the SuperNova Quilt-a-long on Saturday to do some more work on my Tokyo Subway Quilt.  I was able to get blocks 13, 14, and 15 completed.  Unfortunately I misplaced block 13 from the last time I worked on it and had to re-do it!  Hopefully I won't run out of fabric from those particular subway lines!

Supernova - Layout

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I could hardly wait to work on the layout after this weeks instructions were posted. Here are the finished 9 blocks. I didn't deviate too far from the original plan, just a minor tweak in one of the blocks.

Supernova - Weekly Assignment Complete

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I ended up changing the layout of the colored blocks. I had started to put them up two by two as I completed the piecing of each color set. But when I had them all up like this, I decided I really liked the look of it, so I think I will leave it this way! Can't wait 'til the next post so I can complete these squares!

Supernova - Six down, Three to Go!

Monday, April 04, 2011

I managed to get six of the partial blocks for this weeks assignment done. I still have three more to go (plus a spare).

AMQG BOM - Block 6

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I put off doing this block for so long because I was dreading circles.  The only circles I've ever pieced were appli-pieced rather than the traditional way of sewing wrong sides together.  I did ok with this technique from 'This and That', however, I must say, it's really bothering me that the finished product is not a true circle because of the 1/4" seam when attaching the quarter pieces together!

Well, amazingly, I'm caught up on all the Block-of-the-Month blocks.  Can't wait to see what's next!

Supernova Partial Block 1

Friday, April 01, 2011

It only took 2 hours (with at least 3 picking sessions), but I have 1/9th of this week's homework completed! I started off being stubborn and not following her instructions to press open the seams, but when I struggled to get the angled seams lined up, I decided to concede. For this particular quilt design, open seams do work best.

I've also learned from this first block that I will assembly line the remaining eight blocks. If you don't do this, there will be a LOT of changing feet!

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