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.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
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!