Long Trip {a completed quilt!}

Introducing “Long Trip”….

Long Trip

As I shared in my last post, this quilt has been sitting partially finished in my quilt cabinet for about 8 1/2 years!  I know that seems crazy, but here’s the story.

I started this quilt right after my husband and I lost our first baby.  After trying for a couple of years to get pregnant and then announcing the news to our friends and family and even to the point of wearing maternity clothes, our loss was devastating.  One of the ways I found to cope was to make myself busy piecing together this quilt top.  I have said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but quilting is my therapy.  When I’m stressed or overly anxious about all that life brings my way, sewing always calms me down.

After I had completed the top, I went to start quilting it on my Bernina.  This is a large quilt and I quickly became very frustrated with my not-so-straight lines and then turned the quilt over to see creases and puckers in the backing!!  I thought it looked absolutely horrible and just couldn’t bring myself to unpick it.  So instead I folded it up and put it away.

Long Trip 2

Thankfully not long after this quilt top was done God blessed us with our son.  Life of course became very busy and when I got back to quilting I had moved on to other projects.  I’ve never forgotten about this quilt and have pulled it out to admire it a number of times, but I just wasn’t ready to finish it…until now.

Long Trip on steps

When I pulled it back out this week and then looked over my “horrible” quilting, I realized that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had originally thought.  In fact, I wasn’t going to unpick ANY of those stitches.  Yes, there are still puckers and creases, but they are on the back and I just don’t care about them any longer.  This quilt is never going into a competition to be judged and will stay at home to be loved by me, so a few puckers won’t hurt a bit 😉

As I sat down to finish the quilting I was able to take some time and remember our sweet angel who is waiting to greet us in heaven.  Tears came back to me but this time the tears were not of devastation.  They were tears of thankfulness and joy for all that God has given me in the last 8 1/2 years.  It’s always hard during those difficult times to see the good, but looking back it is there.

Long Trip quilting detail

Originally I had planned to cross-hatch quilt this, but have now decided that straight lines in one direction looks great…and done is good!

Long Trip quilting detail2

I purchased this Trip Around the World quilt as a kit produced by RJR fabrics.  It is a reproduction from the original quilt made by Laura May Clarke in 1932 and is now in the Michigan State University Museum.  Can you imagine hand piecing and quilting the 2245 1 1/2″ squares that are in this quilt?!  I’m pretty sure 8 years would have been fast if that were the case!

I want to say a special thank you to my friend Michelle who helped me take these photos today during our lunch break at the Indiana War Memorial.  It was so windy that we struggled, but had a lot of laughs in the process!  It’s nice to be work across the street from such a beautiful building to use as a backdrop.

Long Trip at Memorial

Quilt Stats:

  • Pattern:  Trip Around the World
  • Fabric:  RJR Fabric reproduced for this quilt
  • Size:  approximately 70″ x 70″ square
  • Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. 2021

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12 thoughts on “Long Trip {a completed quilt!}

  1. I am so glad you finished it! It is glorious!
    And what a wonderful quilt to cuddle and remember with…. Even the sad times make us who we become.
    It looks light an afghan hanging, but I love the picture on the steps.
    And I keep seeing quilts referenced back to the MSU museum. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been there, but I don’t remember any quilts. Might need to take a road trip. Long Road is a great name!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing this story and your beautiful quilt. I think the quilting looks perfect for this pattern, and the fabrics are so retro and sweet. I also miscarried my first child, and though I’ve given birth to three wonderful children (now young adults), I find myself at times grieving the loss of that baby 25 years ago and know that I will be able to cuddle her in heaven.

  3. Wow! I came to see your lovely finish! I adore a good repro fabric and all those teeny squares are such a treat. But I had no idea the story behind the quilt. Tears. Thanks for sharing your sweet journey. I glad you didn’t redo the original quilting. It is a memory the way it is.

    Hugs to you!
    Anjeanette Klinder

  4. Every Quilt has a story, and a good number of them have been baptized by tears during their creation, what wonderful therapy quilting provides us. I am so glad you were able to finish this quilt, it’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing your precious memory with us!

  5. How did I miss this?!?! You must’ve posted the very day you took those pictures (which, by the way, we might have to recreate tomorrow on our own trip). I’m in awe of your strength and so happy to have found such a talented and thoughtful friend 🙂

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