Friday, May 13, 2011

Let's take a trip

Welcome to the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.   Finally, after blogger being down. 
 Hope you are enjoying all the quilts.
Take a trip with me....A Trip Around the World, maybe. 
  I like easy, easy ,easy.  Trip around the World, and variations of it,  fits the bill.   I used Eleanor Burns' pattern and fell in love with how easy this one is. 
   First up is The Road Warrior, my husband's retirement quilt.  After 35 years and a million miles, he should have been round the world at least once, so this pattern seemed perfect to make.    I used  just a few  flying geese in the corners to finish it off.
   I like his so well, I had to make one for me.  The World is a Garden done in florals, of course, and lots of quilting, too.  I made a few adaptations  to the pattern to get a blended watercolor effect.  I cut the strips narrower and used twice as many fabrics for this one.  I never tire of looking at this one.  There is just too much to see.

  Evening Serenade is a wall hanging.  The background was a practice piece using the quick quarter trip pattern from the same book. I wanted to try the technique to see if I liked it before tackling a full size quilt.  Just recently,  I "uncovered" this  in the closet  and turned it into a wall hanging with thread painted dragonfly and a frog. 

Can you stand one more?

   Shenandoah Colors is the quick quarter trip too.  It is so big, I wasn't able to get a full size photo.    I used about 22 fat quarters plus the border fabric for this---each color way for some of the sights and things we did while on vacation in the Shenandoah Valley.  The vineyards, the caverns, garden tour, and dayliliy farm, and the beautiful mountain views come to mind when I sleep under this one. 
   Same pattern and technique, and  four  different quilts and overall effect.  I like that.  Just viewing them again makes me want to put together another one. 
Anyone want to take a trip?

  Enjoy the festival, thanks for stopping by, and come back when you can visit longer.
Happy stitching,


................Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters said...

I like your "Trip Around the World Quilts." The Shenandoah Colors is of special interest to me because I grew up in the little town of Bridgewater, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. Thanks for sharing. --Julia

Linda @ a maiden hair fern said...

Wow, these are beautiful! do you paint in watercolor as well? Thanks for sharing your talents.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I love your world is a garden, water colour quilt: really pretty

Thanks for sharing

Eileen said...

Just beautiful. My two favorite are the middle ones but they're all fantastic. Love Eleanor burns' books...the directions are always so clear and detailed. Would like to try the type you have here someday. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Janet said...

How fabulous! My favourite is the Evening Serenade wall hanging. I'm amazed to hear you say these are easy quilts to make.

Karen said...

A great collection of quilts. Love all the design and colour variations.

Pattilou said...

Evening Serenade is a great wall hanging. Great practice when it turns out so well. The others are certainly awesome quilts too. The process of sewing strips for my own trip quilt has come in handy as I'm making a coins strip quilt now and the author didn't include how to stop the curving of the strips sewn together and I was so glad I already had learned that--of course after one curved set. LOL!

Really like the flying geese in the border of the Road Warrior!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

They are all pretty but that garden is just striking!

Hollie said...

Gorgeous quilts!

Quiltbenaco said...

Tutti stupendi, veramente!
Ottima la scelta dei colori!

Brava, brava, brava!!!!!!!

Desley said...

Beautiful. I like them all, but my favourite is Shenandoah Colors.

quiltmom said...

Hi Debbie,
I love your watercolor trip around the world- very pretty and wonderful color choices. Trip around the world is a terrific pattern.
I have done one but not in watercolor- perhaps someday.
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the festival.

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