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Travel-Inspired Quilts

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  • Total submissions: 16
  • Total countries: 6
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 9

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A Southern Tribute A Southern Tribute
By: Christine L, Washington, USA

This Underground Railroad quilt is a Tribute to my years in the great South, Growing up as a kid with all the history of the South. I have hand quilted this quilt and placed warm n natural for batting and flannel for the backing. Keeps me warm here in the Pacific North West on our rainy days.

Quilt size: width: 76" height: 76"

Caribbean Sunset Caribbean Sunset
By: Kathi Tate, Illinois, USA

This quilt was made for my oldest daughter’s first baby. My daughter and her family live on a sailboat. My husband and I had sailed the Caribbean with them a year prior to the birth of their daughter. The quilt was inspired by the beautiful sunsets we saw as we were sailing.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 60"

Dogwoods in the Smokeys Dogwoods in the Smokeys
By: Dodds Jay, Texas, USA

I took a class at Arrowmont in Gatlinberg, TN..in the heart of the Smokey Mountains…on dyeing fabric using a reduction of color technique. With some additional fabric, quilting and painting, I created this quilt to hang in my house as a reminder of a wonderful trip!

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 40"

Grand Canyon Quilt Grand Canyon Quilt
By: Lynn P, Texas, USA

In April of 2009 my husband and I made a once in a lifetime trip to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We rode the mules down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, spent the night and rode out the next morning. It a blessing from God and we loved the trip.

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 60"

I Saw a Moose I Saw a Moose
By: Debbie Clarke, South Carolina, USA

Highlights from a family trip to Alaska are remembered in each block..from The Chapel on the Hill to Glacier Bay and Index Lake to Anchorage. I drew patterns for all the appliques, including the purple moose. I named the quilt for the happy dance my daughter did when she saw her first moose.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 73"

Les dames de Cormatin Les dames de Cormatin
By: Patricia Fuentes, Switzerland

Inspired from a trip to “bourgogne” in France. This is an adaptation of the picture I took from the castel of Cormatin.
I made it for a contest in France : “jeux de dames” (ladies games) that’s why the castle is made like a check board.

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 24"

Linda Parker Linda Parker
By: Linda Parker, Montana, USA

Once upon a time I made star quilts and only star quilts, then my daughter drug me to Hawaii, kicking and screaming of course. The Honu star is a direct result of the rainbows, the green sea turtles, the sun, the water, the beach…..

Quilt size: width: 36″" height: 36″"

Memories of North Dakota Memories of North Dakota
By: Kaaren Biggs, Ontario, Canada

On a trip to Western Canada several years ago, we drove through several Northern U.S. States and I looked forward to seeing endless fields of sunflowers – this is my “souvenir” of the trip! I learned so much from this project that I now teach drafting and sewing of Mariner’s Compass designs.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 39"

Moonllight Journey Moonllight Journey
By: Lorraine Shergold, United Kingdom

Original design from the memory of a late evening walk by the sea while on holiday in Cornwall. Midnight blue bridal remnant fabrics for the crazy patchwork ‘sea’, with sheers for the Moon & Sails. Machine quilted using rayon thread and embellished with sequin stars.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 13"

Our beautiful land Our beautiful land
By: marilyn mugford, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

I have always wanted to a flag quilt;here it is the flag of labrador;and we take it on the road when travelling in our big land.

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 84"

Papillons de Paris (Butterflies of Paris) Papillons de Paris (Butterflies of Paris)
By: Debbie Allred, California, USA

Paris-themed fabric in center is one piece of fabric. I chose blocks whose names seem to relate to Paris and French: Souvenir and Quatrefoils. Butterflies were not part of original plan but I fell in love with the fabric and included it. Quilting includes stylized Eiffel Towers. My original design.

Quilt size: width: 51" height: 71"

Prairie Sunshine Prairie Sunshine
By: Toadally Quilts, Nebraska, USA

This quilt was inspired by a trip in late summer across western Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. It was amazing seeing fields of these sunflowers! The only picture I have of this quilt is the pre-quilted one.

Quilt size: width: 76" height: 76"

Puerto Colombia Puerto Colombia
By: bohemiannie! art, Colombia

Before moving to Colombia, I took this picture at Puerto Colombia from a pier on the Caribbean and translated it w/ fabric & paint. The shacks are where the locals fix you a meal if you’re sitting on “their” part of the beach and the A-frames are potties. It’s a wildly beautiful area.

Quilt size: width: 29" height: 18"

Rest Stop at Red Top Rest Stop at Red Top
By: Dinah Tackett, New Mexico, USA

Red Top is a real place on old Route 66. Based on an photo of mine with an older motorcycle in front, I imagined at break on a long trip.
A combination of applique and fabric painting.

Quilt size: width: 20.5" height: 18"

Texas Wildflowers Texas Wildflowers
By: Starwood Quilter, Colorado, USA

I lived in Texas for eleven years and don’t miss the weather except for the springs. Spring in Colorado is cold, so I used to travel back home to Texas every spring break. When I saw this line of fabric, I knew I had to make a quilt out of it, so I can always feel like I’m in Texas in the spring.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 72"

Trainquilt Trainquilt
By: Berit Stavik Hansen, Norway

Made this trainquilt for my first grandchild. All the train is embrodeied.

Quilt size: width: 28" height: 28"

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This post was published on November 4th, 2011. Post topics: Quilt Gallery.

5 Responses to “Travel-Inspired Quilts”

  1. karen says:

    I think you need it is very good job. many beautiful quilts to choose from.

  2. moehi says:

    Wow! What wonderful works. The decision isn’t easy

  3. Robin says:

    Hi! I know that is not related to this topic, but I read about the Saral transfer paper and your tests. I am DESPERATE to find out if you actually used the Saral transfer paper on a REAL quilt, quilted it AND it came off!

    Or do you know if any of your followers/winners used it, quilted over it AND it came out?

    I thought this was going to be the end of all my problems, but in my tests I have a MESS and am afraid to continue as this is not my quilt.

    Hoping you (or someone else) see this and respond with your experience.

    Robin (quilting a top for a friend who made it for her granddaughter)

  4. Mishka says:

    Hi Robin,

    Most of my quilting is free motion or straight lines, so I haven’t marked quilting lines with Saral yet. I have used it for applique placement and didn’t have any problems. What problems have you run into?


  5. annie! says:

    Thank you all SO very much for voting for my quilt, Puerto Colombia! What a thrill and honor it is to have won.

    Create your life,


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