I have long loved the idea of traveling quilts. They are imbued with so much meaning, thought and care that I knew I had to find a way to be a part of this process one day – that day (or rather year) is here!
A year ago in March 2014, I was lucky enough to attend the Sew South retreat hosted by Jennifer Mathis at Ellison Lane. I could go on for days about what a great experience it was, but one of the best things to come out of it for me was all of the wonderful people I met there. I connected with a small group of incredibly talented ladies that weekend, and we decided to create a little sewing circle to help us keep in touch. (We call ourselves “Sew Carolina”.) My Sew Carolina girls have been a great source of inspiration, laughter and friendship over the course of the past year. We began by doing a handmade birthday exchange last year, where each person received packages of handmade wonder on the month of their birthday.
I was blown away by each and every item I received. So much thought and care was put into each stitch. I love having these minis, pillows and plushies around my house to remind me of these great ladies and our friendships.
This year we decided to change things up a bit and try our hand at traveling quilts. Each person decided on her own quilt theme, size, color scheme, etc., and then we each had to create a set of starter blocks to kick things off.
For my quilt theme, I picked “Travel”. Traveling is my passion, and I wanted a quilt that reminds me of all the places I have been, all the places I hope to one day visit and what makes traveling so special to me.
Using the templates from Sam Hunter’s Quilt Talk book for my letters, I slowly but surely built my quote.
Once the quote was finished, I felt like it needed a little something more, so I took the Circle of Geese templates from Pieced by Number and re-arranged them to create a trail of meandering geese. I love how the blocks turned out. It was a little difficult to package them up and ship them out knowing that I would not see them again for a whole year. But, I know that they are in very capable hands, and I CANNOT WAIT to see what these gals come up with!
I was left with a lot of little scraps from my paper piecing extravaganza, so I decided to make myself a Sew Together Bag with the scraps. (This really is one of my favorite color schemes.)
This way I can keep a little bit of my quilt with me while it is wandering around the Carolinas.
I am so excited about this project. Each theme is so unique and perfectly representative of each one of us. We are getting ready for our next shipping deadline. I have been busy working on Asha’s quilt this month and will soon post some sneak peeks of my progress. It is so hard to not give too much away!
If you are interested in following our traveling quilt journey, check out the #sewcarolina hashtag on Instagram. You can see little sneak peeks of all the quilts until the final reveal of the finished quilt tops in January 2016. (I have no idea how I am going to wait that long!!)
There are 6 of us in the #sewcarolina Travel Quilt group. You can find us on Instagram and around the web in case you want to learn more about what we are up to.
- Claudia from Snuggly Monkey (that’s me 🙂 )
- Kelly from Stitchy Quilt Stuff
- Laurel from Sing All you Want
- Patrice from Shrimp and Grits Quilts
- Phoebe from Pixiecup Industries
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