Monday, 19 January 2009

Trip Around the World

One of my new students came into class last week with a book showing a Trip Around the World quilt that she wanted to make. I have to say the instructions were more than a little convoluted and I was sure there was an easier way to make it. I was thinking bargello.

I made a trip around the world quilt in 1999 although because I used signature squares I didn't strip piece that particular quilt.

Virtual Quilt Around the World (1999)

This quilt was made as part of a Millenium challenge where I swapped 3 1/2" squares and a signature square with quilters from around the world. This was made from the remaining squares from the first quilt I made and all the signature squares as I wanted to preserve the signatures this quilt is not used.

I haven't found clear instructions for this technique and so I have set about writing some myself.

In order to properly teach the technique I have a large quilt in various stages of completion. One quarter of the finished quilt is shown above. I used 4" squares from fabrics from my stash and since I am currently working on my own design of the Circumnavigation quilt I thought I would keep the same theme of Mike Perhams challenge and so I used blues and greens in this Trip Around the World quilt.
I wanted to show my students the completed quilt design without having to make a second large quilt and so, using the same selection of fabrics in the same layout as the larger quilt I set about making a miniature version. The squares in this quilt are 1" (one inch). I just have to put borders on it, quilt and bind it. I started these on Sunday afternoon, they are just so quick and easy to make. I have half the full sized quilt complete, a quarter with the strips joined and ready for cutting with the final quarter still in strips. It should make for a nice little extra project for my students this term.


Papoosue said...

This is lovely, Carol and I really like your original - and what a lovely way to have a little piece of so many friends from all over. I'm sure I've done a sample of this in the past - sewing strips and cutting and repositioning I seem to recall - well, it was something like that! I love the colour theme too - one of my favourites. XXX

Tonniece said...

What an awesome teacher you are.
Love the quilt, and you know me Blue is my thing.

Elma in Lochwinnoch said...

The mention of the
Y2K swap takes me back too to the time we all swapped these squares!
I managed to make one King size quilt and *still*have dozens of squares sitting in a large box :-)

Love your quilt too!