After a year of going with the flow and creating weekly quilt squares as seemed best at the time, the finishing touches took some thinking about how to make it all work together.
I had painted the backing in Perth and then sent it home along with the fabric paint and some other goodies. Coming by land rather than mail, it arrived home just before we did. I did a quick measure (I was pretty sure that it was a bit bigger than the front of the quilt so it could be trimmed to size) and then had great fun adding a few photos as well as a selection of quotes about travel that I had been collecting along the way – most particularly off the walls at the Mt. Cook Hostel in New Zealand. Big thanks to Nico Brink and Alicia Fuller for taking great photos and sharing them. Also thanks to Louise Mann for some great quotes that she found and used in a game on the truck.
|Here's the backing waiting to be cut down to fit the front.|
(Before I realized it was 1 1/2 inches too small in both
|Cal and I leaving Vermilion with 60 kg checked luggage|
for a year of travel.
|Nico took this photo one early morning in|
|This one by Alicia was on our boat trip in Chitwan National|
Park in Nepal.
|Sonya took this on the Franklin River (Tasmania)|
|Everest Base Camp (Tibet side).|
|And us returning home with 35 kg checked luggage|
|Here's the backing on the patio at our hostel in Perth|
To my dismay, the backing that I had designed to be cut down as it would be too big actually turned out to be too small... and with autographs right to the edge on the front of this quilt, I had to come up with a creative solution. The quilt police are no doubt shaking their heads, but if you think about finishing a quilt without the front on it and then appliquéing the front to the batting and backing you have the idea.
Simple machine quilting along the original square lines attached everything together. It was slow going which allowed me time to enjoy each square, notice some things I had forgotten, and think about which bits of stuff (a highly technical quilting term meaning anything you can figure out how to attach to a quilt) I had and where they were stored. Another couple of nights were spent hand sewing the silk sari yarn along the journey we had taken.
This journal quilt started in June 2013 and you can read about it here. I also mentioned it again just before leaving home in April 2014 when I talked about a “snivel kit” The front traveled with me for the year in a small dry bag and gradually gained squares.
|First fifteen squares. Follow the dark green sari silk yarn from|
Grimshaw to the market in Kashgar (China)
|Plastic Kyrgyzstan money. One of those countries|
where the currency had very big numbers
|Armenia's square - the felted flower was covered with tissue to protect|
it from rubbing against the other squares while travelling.
Next post about the quilt was in late July and I had completed eighteen squares to remember Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Tibet. It was a combination of being busy and of using my iphone to access the internet which was poor to non-existent.
|Next fifteen squares. From China through Tibet|
then Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia
Malaysia and on to Australia.
|The bits of glass were found on the south shore of Lake Issykul|
where we stopped for lunch. Begaim said it was probably
from champagne bottles. Memories of Cal's birthday.
|The shell at the top right corner was found during our week|
on Koh Tao. Cal says that is is in the process of becoming an
agate. So, it is a young fossil (or an old seashell)
We were 11 weeks in Australia and I created 7 squares. I blogged about them in January from New Zealand. Many of those squares have had shells and other found items attached. I’ve mentioned a number of times that as a “land locked Alberta girl”, putting me on a beach is a source of endless enjoyment.
|Squares 26 to 40. From Cambodia through Australia|
and into New Zealand
|From Perth to Melbourne. Seashells and a bit of wood.|
Beachcombing along the Nullabor
|My outback square with Emu feather (from Thread|
Studio) and a shell from Rottnest Island
|Perth square has had some shells added as well|
|Darwin to Perth. All these shells came from eighty mile|
beach which is just on the edge of Ningaloo National Park.
|Last fifteen squares. From Christmas in|
Christchurch to home.
|The Kiwi is sitting on a bit of greenstone Cal prospected along the lake|
while hiking in Mt Cook National Park.
|Memories of muttonbird scrub. The photo I took before|
sending the leaves home has been printed to TAP, ironed to
fabric and then backed with wool batting (to give it
dimension) and then outline stitched. Shells from
the beach at Mason Hut.
|Paihia (Bay of Islands) Shells (and a bit of weathered glass)|
came from the shore at Russell.
|Auckland - no simple picks to keep things together. A|
knotted bit of bamboo.
|Lombok shells from our lunch spot the last day.|
Surprisingly, we found no shells on the beaches
of the Gili islands.
|My fortune: |
"You are about to take part in an exciting adventure"
|If you look carefully, you'll see an emphatic|
|A few of the shells that are not on the quilt.|
Next project(s)? Probably a few smaller items. My sewing machine is feeling lonely... And I did bring home a lovely selection of fabrics.