Last week was a crazy fun blog week, between my top two all time favorite quilts, my giveaway, your quirks, and the Super Bowl, there was always something going on. It feels good to be back to normal this week, blogging about another one of my finished quilts, it's like having a great vacation but being so happy to be home.
I went through a brief, very brief, Asian fabric craze. I made quilt #3, Irish Chain Nine Patch, from Asian fabric, then started on this pattern. This pattern was from the 2005 Easy Piecing Quilting magazine, is called Oriental Plates, and was designed by Gai Perry.
I went right to town making those plates, I made several from different fabrics thinking I could pick my favorites for this pattern. I couldn't find any fabric for the "shelves" in the pattern or a border fabric to please me so I started thinking about what to do.......
Look what I found in my binder with this pattern, my rough draft of how I would change this pattern. This was my fourth quilt and I was already changing up the pattern, something I continually do today. I just can't help myself, I remember my Mom continually saying, "Thelma, can't you leave well enough alone!" Guess not.
Here it is....so instead of going with the plates on a shelf idea, I decided just to sew some rows of plates together and make some smaller plates for the border.
This is quilt number 4, I made another just like it for a friend which is quilt number 16. Number 16 lives in Boulder, Colorado.
This is the second and third quilt I made from a pattern out of a magazine.
The background fabric is a white on white gingko pattern. I think the quilting sets off the plates nicely.
I kept all these fat quarters of Asian fabric until just few weeks ago when I finally admitted my Asian fabric stage was over, and gave them all to a friend. I'm happy to have the space and she was happy to get the fabric.