Bellvue Art Museum

One of Masako's students goes to Seattle to see Ichiro play baseball at Safeco Field every summer.
I'm not sure how many of you know of Ichiro who is a very popular Japanese baseball player and has been playing in the US for a long time.

The game that she watched was the exact one that Ichiro played at as a member of The Yankees for the first time.

Before going to Seattle, she saw a post of our blog where we talked about our American friend, Maggie who lived in Seattle and visited Tokyo then had lunch with us together last May. So she asked me to email Maggie if she knew some quilt shops in Seattle.
Then Maggie gave me info of an exhibition that was held in Bellvue which was just 20 minutes away by car from Seattle.

Last week the student came to CRIB QUILT for a lesson and showed us pictures of the exhibition!

"Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the collection of Corrie Riley"

More than 50 quilts which African American people made from circa the 1910's through the 1970's were displayed. They were literally "bold" as you found the expression in the title!

The collector, Corrie Riley found herself drawn to quilts which had the stunning color combinations and free patterns 50 years ago, and since then it has set her on a quest to look for their quilts.

The materials chosen for the quilts often reflected their intended use. You would find old cotton, wool, corduroy, flour sacks, old blue jeans and fabric remnants.

The exhibition runs until October 7, so if you have a chance to go to Seattle, please visit and tell us your thoughts.

Here is a link of the exhibition. http://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/current/bold_expressions/index.html

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