Evening Ladies and Gentlemen. I'm in the planning stages of a new quilt for my best friend's wedding, and need some fresh opinions and advice.... Alison and her fiance really love to travel. (He even spent a few years in Africa in the Peace Corps.) She's from Salt Lake City and grew up surrounded by desert. He's a Midwestern boy who grew up surrounded by prairie and corn. Alison and I went to graduate school together, and she was my maid of honor at my own wedding. In planning for that, I happened upon this poem, which a friend of mine read at our ceremony:
I want to go everywhere with you.
I want to go to Italy and Israel and down the street.
I want to lie on a raft under the sun in the South Pacific with you and float and float and float.
I want to go the tallest building on the highest mountain in the biggest city. And I want to up on the roof with you and look around.
I want us to pool our talents and pool our resources and create together, that which we have not been able to create independently, alone.
And I want you in smaller ways, too, right here, with me, holding my hand and kissing me.
That poem, and their love of travel inspired me in the design of their quilt. I knew I wanted to use the classic "Trip Around the World" pattern, and for the fabrics, I wanted to use fabrics that represented the world's various environments and design aesthetics. I know I won't be able to include something for EVERYTHING, but I'm trying for a somewhat balanced feel to it.
I used the Quilt Wall feature on eQuilter.com today to plan the quilt out twice, once with 9 fabrics, and once with 10 fabrics. I think I've decided which one I want to go with, but I'm always excited to hear what you all have to say.
This is the version with 9 fabrics:
Here is a detail shot of the 9 fabrics:
(Left to right: Asian flying cranes, snow-capped mountains, calm turquoise ocean waters, deep forest, grasslands, African golden zebra, autumn ferns, cracked red clay, garnet wood-grain)
This is the version with 10 fabrics:
Detail shot of the 10 fabrics:
(Left to right: Asian flying cranes, snow-capped mountains, calm turquoise ocean waters, deep forest, grasslands, golden zebra, autumn ferns, cracked red clay, red violet ginkgo leaves, garnet wood-grain)
Aside from wondering which version you all prefer, I am also stumped about what color thread to use to quilt such a bright quilt, and what to go with for a backing. I'll be free-motion quilting. I've toyed with the idea of incorporating the poem somewhere on the back, but I don't want it to be too cheesy, or to be too reminiscent of my wedding, when the focus should be hers. I've also toyed with the idea of writing the poem out and framing it, and giving them the two together. (Something I did for my cousin's wedding quilt, which was inspired by Frost's, Stopping By The Woods On a Snowy Evening