Monday, February 13, 2012

the trip around the world

trip around the world quilt top
The trip around the world quilt top is finished up.

It may be my new favorite quilt!

Now, I just have to figure out how to quilt it...
and I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. On one hand, I'd like to hand quilt it with some perle cotton and on the other hand I'd like to machine quilt it with a pretty pattern radiating from the center.
Why does it have to be so hard to choose?!
:) Jessica

52 comments:

Kelsey said...

WOW!! This is amazing - truly inspiring work :)

Suburban Stitcher said...

it's SO pretty! great job! i vote for machine quilting...but probably because I'd bee too scared to touch it with hand quilting...

Karin said...

OH< it's SO amazing!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I vote for machine quilting, but that's just because hand quilting takes SO long, LOL. how about quilting it in squares starting at the center, working out to larger ones (so the lines dissect the on-point squares) - or maybe working in quarters do triangles starting from corner to center, then to the neighboring corner? Like < on the right side, > on the left side ^ on the bottom, etc.?

Katie Webb said...

Oh wow- it's beautiful!! How on earth do you get your quilts so straight?! I'm just starting out quilting and I'm feeling like it's all a bit useless as I can't seem to stitch a straight line upon my machine! Is there a beginners book you could recommend? Also I wanted to get a good machine- which one do you use? I am so inspired by your things- one day I shall make my little boy a bowtie like you made yours- they're amazing!! Thank you for all your inspiration!
Katie- England

the Campfollower said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to make a trip around the world quilt. It is on my quilt bucket list for sure. Yours is so wonderful. Any way you quilt it will be perfect.

Alisa said...

Amazing! I love it!

I like the radiating from the centre idea... How big is the quilt?

Mary said...

It would be gorgeous hand quilted with perle cotton!

twin fibers said...

Everyone - Thank you so much for the kind comments and ideas about quilting it. :)

The quilt top is about 68" square.

~Jessica

angie@sfquilts said...

It's very pretty. I can't wait to see it quilted.

shannon said...

it's just beautiful!! don't rush the quilting decision...the quilt will tell you exactly what it needs.

Shanna said...

Beautiful!! And the quilting would look lovely either way!

Janine said...

This is looking wonderful!

Greta said...

It looks great! Why don't you do both? You could machine quilt it like you said and then add some hand quilting in between for even more interest.

Kati said...

This is so beautiful. The colors are fabulous. Good luck in your quilting decision. Anything would be great!

Cindy said...

One of my favorite designs! So simple but so striking at the same time. Yours is gorgeous!

imquilternity said...

It's beautiful! I just love TATW quilts.

**nicke... said...

i would hand quilt it, and then i would kick myself because it takes so long, and then when it was done i would hug myself for sticking it out! it is so beautiful and whatever you choose it will be perfect! :)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

It looks stunning!!! I always have a hard time deciding how to quilt as well. I am sure whatever you decide will look amazing!!!

Jeni said...

Oh MY! Love it so so much Jessica! I have no quilting advice, but I don't think you could go wrong with this quilt! Seriously, so pretty!!

Erica said...

I love this quilt! I can see why it is a favorite!

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a beautiful quilt. It will be great no matter what you decide!

traceyjay said...

so great. :) this is one really special quilt.

Linz said...

That is gorgeous!! Seriously... I think it may well be my new favorite too!!

Sharon T said...

Love, love, love it! Great color choice!

Angela {fussycut} said...

AMAZING!! Seriously! Ivote for machine, but really, either will be amazing. Good for you!!! xo

Domina said...

Beautiful! I vote for hand quilting, Jane Brockett style.

marycatharine said...

Wow, it's so striking!

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

Have enjoyed the posts leading up to the finished quilt top. It is gorgeous!

Tubaville Quilts said...

Gorgeous! This is one I will do someday...but probably as a mini-quilt :)

the quilted fox said...

Awesome job! I agree with another commenter, do both! Radiating from the center both machine and hand quilting- I think would look very cool and unique.

P├ętra said...

It's beautiful!! I would be stuck with quilting on that one too you could do something modern with machine quilting but hand quilting would be so sweet. Can't wait to see what you decide.

Judith said...

It looks just fabulous and well deserves to be the favourite.

Tiina said...

It looks SO good! I think I have to make one myself...

Happy Valentines day!

Susan said...

I really like your quilt! Now I want to make one too. Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it!

Leslie said...

so gorgeous!!!

Carrie P. said...

Beautiful job! I have the worst time choosing how I want to quilt a quilt. Good luck!

danih03 said...

I love these colors together. This is gonna be a stunner!

Jacey said...

It's stunning. Truly. I don't think you could make a wrong choice on the quilting. It will be a treasure either way!

Lisa C said...

Orange is my favorite so I am truly loving your creation.

Sigrun said...

Very beautiful!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

This is stunning...
..my head hurts though trying to work out how you did it! :o)

Brandie said...

It's amazingly beautiful!

Heather said...

It is gorgeous!!

MaryAnnB said...

Just beautiful! I love the colors and congratulations on finishing this top!

twin fibers said...

Thank you so much everyone for all the kind comments and suggestions about quilting it! I'm still thinking about it, but I'm leaning toward using the perle cotton. I just have to figure out what kind of batting would be best to use for doing all that hand quilting.

Katie Webb - I'd be glad to get back with you about your questions, but you are a no-reply blogger. Please send me an email if you'd like to!
Maybe I'll do some posts about what my sewing machine is and what books/supplies I like best.

Thanks again, everyone! I am so grateful for your kindness and encouragement with this project.
~Jessica

Bailey said...

Such a gorgeous quilt!! I think I would lose my mind trying to figure out what comes next as I was piecing. Is it pretty easy to keep track of what you are doing?

Beth said...

What a beautiful quilt! I vote for the pearle cotton, I think that adds such lovely dimension to a quilt (I'm a Jane Brocket fan.)

I hope you find the time to do some posts on your machine, books, and supplies. Your work is fabulous!

Lori said...

I can see why. Its a cool quilt with much care sewed into it, I am sure.

diplofam said...

Jessica,
you are the second Michigan blog friend who has made a trip around the world--and they have both come out so amazing that I have to try my hand at it--mine will have to be scrappy--can't wait to see how you quilt it!
Carin

amandajean said...

wow!!! this is amazing!

i've been wanting to make a trip quilt. why are there so many quilts that I need to make?!?!

good luck choosing your quilting method.

Ulli said...

Oh, such a fantastic quilt!! I´d like to make one myself.

Julie said...

this quilt is beautiful and amazing. I have a vintage trip around the world quilt that was my grandmother's. It was hand pieced and quilted. I would love to make one of my own.