This classic example of a vintage 1930’s Trip Around the World quilt was made from a quilt top that I was delighted to find at an antique show in the early 1990’s. I was delighted because the quilt was fabulous and the price was very reasonable, mainly because the quilt was unfinished, a pile of unjoined quilt sections. I can finish this and have a beauty, I thought.
On the drive home, I panicked. What if it’s unfinished because the quilter got halfway through and found that the pieces didn’t fit together? Crisis averted—the pieces fit, and only needed hand-stitching to complete. Having learned my lesson on a previous quilt (see story here), I took the time to add blue triangles all around the edge, so that it could be bound more easily.
This quilt was hand quilted by Quilting Plus in 1993.
Trip Around the World
This detail will show how amazingly this talented quilter used all the flecks of colors in a very wide variety of printed fabrics to make the transitions from one solid color to the next.
I have always assumed that the quilt top I bought was made from a kit, where all the wonderful fabrics were provided to the quilter. Although a possibility, Audrey and Douglas Wiss suggest differently in their book Folk Quilts and How to Recreate Them, 1983. I found this book at EBHQ’s library sale, particularly interested in the picture seen here:
These authors suggest that scraps of pastels “must have been saved for years before this piece was attempted” and “Only through careful planning and arrangement of the shades of these solid, calico, and striped materials was the quilter able to achieve this delightful, almost kaleidoscopic effect.”
Unfortunately, the true story of each of these quilts is lost forever. I guess this loss is part of what fuels this blog and my attempt to include as much information about my works as I can remember.