Friday, July 11, 2014

Old World Map Quilt. A Christmas Gift

{ The last two Christmases, I gave my parents the same quilt. The first year, it wasn't finished, but I wrapped it in its backing with the binding tied around it and promised it would be finished soon. It took the whole year, but I finally gave it to them Christmas this past year. And because everything about that quilt seemed to take a while, it's only fitting that I'm posting it now.  I recently went home to work on things and while I was there, I took this quilt off the wall and finally got photos of it so that I'd be able to blog about it! }

My parents looooves maps, especially old antique type ones. And my mom loooooves quilts. So after they finished a fabulous remodel and update of their home,

I googled map quilts and couldn't find anything that I loved, or actually anything at all, so I set off to find a map of the right size and use it as a guide. I found a World map at a teacher's store and used it as a guide for drawing the shapes that would be appliquéd onto the ocean.

I "twilled" along the edges of the continents and used different colors that reminded me of an old antique world map I'd seen once in a coffee shop. Then I embroidered the names of the continents and oceans.

I added a compass.

I quilted it on the latitude and longitude lines. And then went back and added islands by making twilling knots all throughtout the quilt. 

I'm quite pleased with it. I think they like it, too.



Quilt Started November 2012
Finished December 2013
Pattern: My own
Appliqued and twilled
Machine Quilted
Fabric: Random pieces?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quarterly Goals :: Starting the Second Half of the Year

So here we go again...

Somehow I deleted my entire second quarter update post....  WHOOPS. So I'll start this list fresh! It'll be like a nice restart for the middle of the year.

Category 1: To Be Quilted

1. Etchings -- Really need to get my tush in gear and just finish this.

2. Scrappy Trip

3. Hearty Good 20 -- I've got a backing and a simple quilting plan, so I should just get on the ball.

4. Warm Cool HST quilt -- the baby is here, so the quilt should be quilted, right?

5. Curio Quilt -- at the quilter!

6. Char's Quilt -- for a really good friend. It's at the quilter, too.

7. Mini Dwell -- it's a mini! How long can it possibly take?

Category 2: Tops That Need to Be Finished

1. Low Volume

2. Swoon

3. Christmas #stlouis16patch -- This is is a MUST finish top for this month, because the fabulous Abby Latimer (@alatimer  & ) is having a Christmas long arming special for tops that get sent in during the month of July!

Category 3: Quilts I Haven't Started

1. Reindeer Family Tree Quilt

2. A Wedding Quilt for my cousin

3. QuiltCon inspired! I'd like to enter this into QuiltCon 2015, so I need to get a move on.

4. Running

5. Kanji Quilt