Trips Around the World

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I'm not much of a traveler. My husband and I are pretty much home bodies. So I think this 'Trips around the World' quilt is maybe the closest thing I have to traveling around the world.

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
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PamKittyMorning said...

I love this quilt. You have such a nice way with unexpected use of color. Love the border fabric, In the Beginning, I think I have a stash of it. Yummy.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Nanette, I love it! Could you come live with me and teach me how to arrange all those colors? If I did it, it would look like a big mess. Love your new banner!

~D Spack~ said...

Nanette: Great quilt! I love the curvy edge. I made a baby quilt with 2.5 squares (formerly 1/3 of a jelly roll). It is a real great pattern, the squares are sewn in a grid to plain white fabric, backing, batting all in one swoop! It's called vintage baby squares. I love it! ~D Spack~

Darlene said...

Another delightful quilt. I've been pulling fabric for a sweet Spring quilt and your colors are similar to what I've been digging for. Soon I'll have my second Nanette flag completed, too. :-)

Sherry said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the colors you used in this one. Pretty flowers from your friend too. Beautiful quilt & pretty flowers, just the thing to brighten up a winter day!

~D Spack~ said...

Hey Nanette: You are being "talked about" ~~go see T at Purple and Paisley! (It's all good!)

Jeanne said...

I love this quilt, too! The flowers look so pretty and springlike. Thanks for sharing.

Kairle said...

Your TATW is a breath of fresh air in the midst of this long, dreary winter.

J said...

Very pretty quilt! I am all about the 2 1/2 inch squares on hand at all times. Great fabrics.