I'm not even sure why someone named this quilt 'Trips Around the World'. I understand that the center square is probably supposed to be the world and all the squares around it are the trips. And that's kinda cute. It's just that sometimes I see quilt names and wonder how someone thought of naming them that? Anyway, I like this quilt. And now the name has kind of grown on me.
In the 80's my mom made a bed spread quilt for us in a 'Trip Around the World' design. Its tattered and in shreds now. (Why did I use it? It was beautiful. I know, quilts are made to be used. Still I wish it was new and fresh . . .)
Several years ago I decided to use that idea of her quilt and make a 'trips' quilt more scrappy with smaller squares and in my own busy style. I'm always trying to use up squares in my scrap bin thatI have precut cut into 2 1/2". When I cut anything out I either fold the extra fabric and put it into my mesh baskets or I cut the smaller scraps into 2 1/2" squares and save them in a bin for future use. I love 2 1/2" squares and I use them all the time. I suppose those may be my trade mark.
I didn't have a pattern for my 'trips' quilt so I had Chelsey help me lay the entire quilt out on the floor and then I had her hand me each row starting at the top working left to right. It was a little confusing to do it that way but it worked out.These are beautiful flowers my friend Chirine brought me on Valentine's Day when she came to visit my new sewing room. I don't know of anyone I have ever met that is more thoughtful than Chirine. When we were living in the big mess of the flood last fall many of my friends brought us meals and wonderful treats to get us through life with no kitchen. I will never forget the generosity and love my friends and neighbors showed to us during that difficult time. I think Valentine's Day represents all kinds of love and I was reminded during the big awful mess in the house that real love is love that serves and helps others. I have great friends and family that embody that kind of love. - nanette