Week of October 23, 2016 – Trip Around the World Quilts
When I started collecting antique and vintage doll quilts, I thought I would collect mostly Log Cabin or Bears Paw block quilts since they are my favorite. I soon found that you can’t always predict what will come your way. I guess that’s because life is like that as well. We don’t always know what will happen next week. And our favorites can change over time.
For some unknown reason, I began to find myself with several Trip Around the World Quilts. The first one I am sharing is a little quilt I found on E-Bay. I loved the vibrant red, yellow and black colors put into it. I also appreciate the nice hand quilting that holds it together. It turns out that what appears to be black blocks actually has little red cars in the fabric. What a fun conversation print from a long time ago.
The next one is a little quilt I made my mother for Mother’s Day in 2005. She loves pastels, so the sweet pink, yellow and green seemed perfect for her. She was also a quilter when she had good vision. Even though she doesn’t get to make them anymore, at age 92 she still loves to collect and admire them.
I think I have come to realize why these Trip Around the World quilts come to me. It is because I have been fortunate enough to have many travel opportunities in my life. With my husband’s business, we went to Europe once or twice a year for about 15 years. We also went to China and I have been to Africa and India as well. So of course, I should collect Trip Around the World quilts!
This next one is also a treasure from E-Bay. It is only a top and has never been quilted. At first I thought I might finish it myself but I can appreciate how precious it is just like this. It has wonderful solids and prints from the 30s.
The last one to the right is not a doll quilt. It is just over 50” x 50” and I made it as the final project for a Heather Thomas class on color theory. It combines all 12 colors on the color wheel and I love it hanging in my bathroom. Is there anything better than lots of colors traveling Around the World. It makes me feel like I just got back from vacation!
Just for you – Quilt Quote: “A Quilt is a Treasure which follows its owner everywhere.”
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