By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA As I created all the quilts for East-Meets-West Quilts, the book continually evolved. Over a three-year period, I made 24 quilts. Seventeen are included in the book. I thought you might enjoy checking out the unpublished ones.
48" x 48"
This quilt has a complicated story. It was made before the Hachi Quilt Manifesto was formalized. Also, the patterned fabric was made by artist Peggy Juve who overprinted a simple indigo and white yukata cotton with her unique designs—so no similar fabric would be readily available.
40" x 48"
The design feature of this quilt is the tall panel that contrasts with the square blocks. This quilt was superseded by Lucky Owls, a larger quilt with a much bigger inserted panel.
40" x 40"
This spin-off quilt is made with leftover blocks from Kubuki. Although Kumadori has two innovative finishes—hand-stitching with Prismacolor pencil accents and an exciting curved facing—its overall look is just plain ugly. Sometimes a design doesn’t work out.
32" x 40"
Another spin-off quilt, this one was made with extra blocks from The Art of Flowers. Although Morning Glory is pleasing with its narrow, persimmon sashing, the quilt was ultimately too small to be considered for the book.
60" x 84"
This scrap quilt is made with 330 4" squares, positioned on point. Not every block is a different yukata cotton, but there are not many repeats! The problem with this quilt is its length. One edge is almost 2" longer than the other. Although a photo could have been skewed using Photoshop to square up the quilt, that approach seemed deceptive. So this radiant quilt didn't make the grade.
40" x 40"
This monochromatic quilt includes curved piecing. Because the book focuses on improv design, it seemed at cross purposes to include a pattern for the curved blocks. So the quilt was left out.
64" x 64"
Half the fabrics in this quilt have been silk screened with artwork from the vintage yukata cottons. White silk screen ink was applied to solid-colored cottons to produce the reversed patterns. Introducing a surface design technique to the book was deemed too convoluted.
Enough of looking back! We are about to open the door to 2018.
Wishing you a Creative New Year! If you want to see what’s actually in the book East-Meets-West Quilts +click here