Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Trip Around the World



I'm certainly on one, so it was only fitting to finally make one!

I've been working on a little wall hanging this weekend (it will be 25"x25" with one inch squares). I love the one that Pam made for her traveling gnome and I was so happy to find Bonnie's awesome instructions to help me out, as well!



This is a wedding gift for a friend in Romania. I'm so sad that I can't go to her wedding next month, but it's the first week of classes here and I just can't get away. She used to watch my foster cat while I was traveling and always enjoyed raiding my tea stash. When I left Romania in June, I gave her what remained, as well as my electric kettle. With this in mind, with the help of my mom - my US fabric connection - I chose 'tea' colors and patterns (there are lots of little leaves) for this quilt and will try to make some little coasters to go along with the quilt, two mugs, and some Finnish tea!

I thought I'd also post a picture of another little wedding wall hanging I made while in Romania. It's 20"x30", again with one inch logs. This was for the friend I mentioned in an earlier post researching African American literature, so I put black squares in the middle of the log cabin, as it's said people did this to signify Underground Railroad stops. Lots of traditional Romanian textiles have red, white, and black in them, so I used those colors and set them in the field and furrow layout to signify Romania's agriculturally rich countryside. (Boy, do I miss the produce - almost all organic - especially the eggplants and orange tomatoes that would be showing up in the markets and on the roadsides about this time. Yum.)

11 comments:

Veronica said...

From one new blogger to another - wonderfully colorful quilts! I looked over your previous posts and am intrigued with the purple blocks. Is the center piece appliqued? I would love to try a Trip Around the World, but haven't had the nerve to start.

Ali Honey said...

That will make a lovely gift for you friend. Well done. Best Wishes from Alison.

Dawn said...

I love your trip around the world so far! But I REALLY loved the other wedding wall quilt. Those fabrics are gorgeous! I"m so happy I came to visit!

Norma said...

Oh my goodness! One inch logs and one inch squares! Very tiny pieces. I love the gifts you have made your special friends. Be sure to share the stories behind the quilts with your friends--they will love them! The connection to tea and the green quilt is fabulous.

cher said...

beautiful quilts!

Cynthia said...

Both of your quilts are lovely.

Libby said...

What a special gift -- so much thought and love built right in.

Finn said...

Hi Hedgie, *VBS* both little quilts are just wonderful!! What a neat idea. I especially like the idea of the tea leaf colored fabric for that one, and the mugs and tea. A great gift that will much pleasure over time..*VBS*
For me...the red and white one is just perfect!! and is my favorite. You did a great job! Hugs, Finn

Laurie Ann said...

Hi there! Thanks for your comment. I've been making a quilt with all poodle fabric. I made two actually, one for a raffle and one for the president of the poodle club. The second one is taking forever because I keep procrastinating!! I posted drafts sometime in May. I should have more pics soon!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh I love your red and cream log cabin quilt - it's adorable. And, all of your other quilts are devine.

Andrea said...

RYN: It was actually your blog that got me looking at that TATW page and decided to make my own!

I had tried to make a TATW quilt once but I put it to the side because it was just so darn frustrating!

But this will be easy I think!

And you know what, I was just reading a fiction quilting book where they were talking about using a Log Cabin quilt with a black center square to signify a safe place for runaway slaves to stop and stay.

BTW Thanks for wishing him good luck. I hope I have some good news later today!