I finished it!

Good morning everyone!   The Trip-Around-The-World quilt is finished!  This quilt was 45 years in the making.  It is the longest project I’ve ever had on my plate.

This is a memory scrap quilt, and that spurred me on to complete it. The fabrics in the top are leftover scraps from my Grandmother’s sewing, my mother’s sewing, my sisters’ and my Home Ec. projects, and old cotton sheets. Most of the fabric holds a memory of a person, place or time.

This was the first quilt I ever started.  It is made of 2 1/2” squares set on point.  I had grand visions of hand piecing and hand quilting the entire thing.  In the end I gave up on hand piecing partway through, but I did finish the hand quilting, which is what has taken me so long.

It originally had wide borders on it to make it big enough for our queen size bed.  But I did not like the fabric, so cut the borders off and used the fabric for binding.

I had problems sewing on the binding as well.   I took too wide a seam allowance, therefore making it very difficult to turn the binding and stitch it firmly over the edge of the quilt.

If anything could go wrong with this project it did.  I learned on it.  I made a lot of mistakes on it.  Not the least of which is the all cotton top with a polyester cotton backing!  It will look interesting if it’s ever washed!

The main thing is it’s done.  It won’t win any awards, but it will keep us warm in our TV room.  And it will make me smile every time I look at it.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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