Trip Around The World wedding quilt

 

A great first quilt, the Trip Around the World is a strip-quilt, which means you sew strips of cloth together and cut them up, sew them together again, cut them again and then sew the strips together to assemble the quilt. It's all straight lines, which makes it very easy for beginners. We tied the quilt, quilting only the borders by stitching-in-the-ditch.

Since this was going to be a wedding gift, I envisioned it as a bed quilt and made a queen-size quilt. That was a bit overwhelming for a first project, and if I had it to do over again, Mitch & Katia would have received a throw instead. It took a lot of extra time and effort, including some private sessions with my quilting teacher, to get it completed in time for the trip to Brazil for the wedding, especially since we were travelling on what should have been the day of the last class. I'd gotten Mitch to ask Katia for her favorite colors without telling her why, so I chose fabrics that included those. I also wanted the quilt to be bright since I imagined Brazil to be vibrant. Then I worried all through working on it that was too bright and you'd need sunglasses to look at it without hurting your eyes!

 

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It's important to label quilts, so even my very first quilt had a label, even if it wasn't very fancy:

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After stitching-in-the-ditch, I had to go find the places where I'd stitched extra fabric into gathers and rip them out. I had a few, but it wasn't too bad for a first effort.

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Mitch & Katia admire the quilt. Note the clock on Mitch's lap. I worried so much that the quilt would turn out badly, that I had Scott work on a substitute wedding gift. Since they both turned out well, we gave the happy couple both gifts :

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