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« on: August 28, 2010 02:55:40 PM »

A few months ago I posted in the quilting discussion boards, asking for some options on a Trip around the World quilt, for my best friend's wedding.  (You can see the post here: Opinions Needed - Trip Around the World Quilt  Thank you to all the kind ladies who offered opinions and advice!)

In the end I decided to go with the 10 color option, and I am really pleased with how it came out.  Especially since I finished it a whole MONTH before the wedding!  The pattern is a classic, called the Trip Around the World, chosen because of my friend's love of travel, and partially inspired by a poem that was read at my wedding.  Each fabric is indicative of a place/environment on earth, many of which relate to the very different places that Alison, her fiance, and I all grew up.
Purple - Migrating Cranes for Alison's graduate thesis in costume design, Madame Butterfly, which took place in Japan.
Arctic Blue - Abstracted Mountains for the icy cold poles that only the bravest travelers visit.
Mallard - Quiet Waters for the tropical islands we imagined running away to during grad school.
Hunter Green - Forrest Dreams for the forests in the Pacific Northwest where they now live.
Leaf Green - Meadow Grass for the Midwestern prairie where her fiance, Dan, grew up.
Saddle Tan - Jazzy Zebra Stripes for Africa, where Dan served in the Peace Corps.
Squash Gold - Forest Ferns for the fall foliage where I grew up in New England.
Cinnamon - Tonal Crackle for the south western desert where Alison grew up.
Wine - Sunset Ginkgo Leaves to represent Asia.
Deep Garnet - Lavish Woodgrain as a solid frame to build their life together.

This is the poem that helped inspire the quilt, by Wendy Paris:

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 to the tallest building on the highest mountain, in the biggest city.
And I want to go 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, holding my hand and kissing me.

The center is quilted with 4 hearts.  The rest is just crazy free-motion quilting.  The backing is a warm chocolate brown, with the same brown thread used for quilting it.  I really like how the brown blended right into all those jewel tones.

I'm thinking of framing a copy of the poem and sending it along with the quilt.  As always, comments and criticisms are welcome.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2010 03:07:59 PM »

Wow, that is so utterly amazing and beautiful!

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010 03:32:52 PM »

It's so beautiful. I LOVE the colours you choose. This makes me want to try a real quilt instead of those 3 animal rag quilts I tried. It's just soo time consuming Sad Guess beauty is worth it.

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010 03:35:28 PM »

That quilt is so beautiful, as is the meaning behind it!  I bet she is going to love it.  Ingram,... that's my maiden name!  A good one!

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010 03:42:15 PM »

That is completely bloody gorgeous Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2010 04:03:21 PM »

I love it!

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2010 04:38:36 PM »

What a lovely thing. Great colours!

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2010 04:46:43 PM »

sooooo beautiful!!!  Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2010 05:44:12 PM »

Two words..........THIS  *ROCKS*!

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2010 06:16:00 PM »

Beautiful work as always!!
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