One of my favorite blogs, Celebrate Hand Quilting recently asked readers to share a favorite hand-quilted piece and here is mine - Road Trip. I made this for my husband for a rather significant birthday.
We used to take a lot of road trips together and since I am not happy unless I have a project in hand, I figured these tumbling blocks would be good to work on in the car. It has fabrics I bought in shops from Maine to France and it's almost completely hand-pieced and entirely handquilted.
The backing is this very funky fabric with the states names. I couldn't bring myself to cut it up.
If you look at the top left corner you will see a bit of pink in the binding. That's a little reminder of a rather significant 'road trip' we took: our honeymoon (we did it by plane, but I think it still counts). You see, we had a great wedding even though there was a hurricane and we had to evacuate our home and the electricity went out and we weren't quite sure if anyone would come. We got married by candlelight, had a lot of champagne and people came from everywhere. Everything went well until we got to Bermuda when I realized I forgot my passport. Here we were, a weeping, forgetful bride and an exhausted, patient groom and an extremely kind Bermudian immigration officer. He let us in the country on the condition that we would be gone seven days later. We were.
I have the feeling they're still talking about us at the airport.
The good thing is my husband and I are still laughing about it 28 years later.