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quilt rejects

quilt rejects

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 I thought you might enjoy checking out the unpublished ones.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 This quilt was superseded by Lucky Owls, a larger quilt with a much bigger inserted panel.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.

morning glory

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.

changing directions

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 IN East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs +click here


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11 comments to “quilt rejects”

  1. Janet Wright says:

    You were one busy girl. Looking forward to the May Retreat. Still rearranging the Geisha Girls in my black, gray and red quilt. Might have it finished by the time of the retreat. Have a great New Year.

  2. Kerry says:

    Patricia, it’s really great to see more of your fabulous quilts. I love the fabrics, and having the opportunity to see your quilting stitches. Happy New Year!

  3. LeeAnn says:

    Fun to see these! I can understand the reasons for all. Mottainai is especially beautiful. Too bad about its length. I hope you can use it on a bed.

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Hi LeeAnn—I gave Mottainai to my husband Michael for Christmas this year. That way it will always be on MY bed! Happy new year, PB

  4. Nancy Anders says:

    The simplicity and softness of Clover appeals to me. My fav in your book is Pine Needles.

  5. Ms Sam Nicholson says:

    Love them!! Thank you so much for showing them!!

  6. Rachel says:

    I LOVE the Iris quilt. What pattern did you use for that? The contrast of the yellow and red is amazing. I might need to borrow that idea and fly with it. I have been looking for a way to use bright yellow in a quilt but I have been struggling finding the right pattern. This idea is the ticket!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Hi Rachel—Please consider buying my book East-Meets-West Quilts. In the book is an improv Manifesto for making all the quilts in the book and the quilts that were not chosen for the book. I think you would like it. Best, PB

  7. heidi says:

    Lovely! All of them – mottainai indeed! 😉

  8. Kathryn Dalheim says:

    Thank you for showing us these! I LOVE the Iris and Morning Glory quilts. Kumadori would work with more contrast, I am sure. Great concept, though. I have the East Meets West book and it is a gem!