I love these Tang Dynesty horses! Seven or eight years ago I saw a large exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Tang Dynesty sculptured horsse, mostly in bronze, and many drawings from that period as well. They were powerful and lifelike.
Within a few weeks I received a package from a quilting friend who often purchased more of a fabric than she actually needed for a project and then, knowing she would not use it again, she sent me the remnants because she know I am basically a scrap quilter. In the package were thirteen squares cut from the fabric you see here with the Tang horses and their handlers. After a while I made this wall hanging which is one of three or four that I rotate above my piano. It's obviously a nine-patch. So I still had four squares which I put away and have not used until the past week when I was in a swap that called for a quiltie on an "oriental" theme. Ah, a chance to share my Tang horses with someone else. So I made the little quiltie you see here and have sent it off. And, while thinking about it, I took down the quilt that was over my piano and rehung the one you see above. It's one of my favorites.
Yes, this is a quilt. I didn't make a note, but I believe it is by the well-known art quilter Barbara McKie and that the bears are thread painted. It seems very appropriate as winter set in around the county.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!