Sail Around the World - a Finished Quilt

  So, you saw all the scrappy trip around the world quilts that were so popular about a year ago, right? Two years, maybe? Did you ever see them and think, "that's nice, but they're not really TATW quilts. I would do a classic TATW. Scrappy."

This is a terrible plan. I'm still convinced there's an error in here somewhere. But if anyone spots it - don't tell me. I don't want to know.

I started with strip sets, which ended up being a confusing mess of keeping color order and seams pressed in the right direction. In the end, I made up a document {which you can get right here if you're crazy enough to try this} and just sewed long rows. It wasn't worth the effort of trying to keep the same fabrics from touching.

The quilting is a big, loose, ribbon-y swirl. I don't really know how to describe it - I just kind of went with the flow. I want to do something similar, with flowers, on Ripples and Reflections, so I figured I should get in some practice. And for fun, I used a RWB variegated thread.

This did a good job of emptying my darker blue scrap bins. I'm slowly replacing it with more brighter blues - like the pearl bracelets and crosshatch. RWB can be modern!

This quilt is going to one of my husband's former commanders, a Navy guy recently promoted to Captain. Or Commander. Navy guys have their own weird rank system. His wife is the most enthusiastic and giving person I know, and a huge inspiration to me - both in military life and running. She ran Boston last year and will be running NYC this fall. The front is sailor stuff for him, but I snuck some floral in the back for her.

The binding is more red dots. Yes, I did buy pretty much every single dot fabric in the Korean fabric market. Why do you ask?

I used 3" unfinished squares, and a 25x29 layout, for a 63x73" final size.