Friday, April 30, 2010

April Finish - Map Quilt Completed

It's the last day of the month and I still haven't blogged about my April finish - that just won't do! I inherited this map panel from Brandy after her adopted son showed up unexpectedly last month. She had already pieced the back, so all I had to do was sandwich, quilt and bind it.We all decided that "it would be really cool" if I outlined all the states with invisible thread, so that's what I did. Fifteen broken needles later, here's what the back looks like. Of course, it's all in reverse, but I like the way it turned out.

Here's Florida in reverse, with a little sailboat outlined as well. The oceans and gulf were too empty, so I outlined some of the little pictures too.
Here's my home state of Wisconsin, and I'm sure the UP'ers, LP'ers and Minnesotans amongst us will recognize their states as well.
And here's Texas, complete with the Alamo (remember the Alamo!) and a cow. Texas was too big to leave empty - lol. And you can see the compass rose at the lower left, helping to quilt up the Gulf of Mexico.
Well, that's my April finish. It will take a few years for me to forget what a HUGE pain it is to work with invisible thread again, but it was worth it for this - especially now that it is done! 8)


Anonymous said...

L.O.V.E. I.T.!!!!!! Thanks for completing that!

Terry said...

Wonderful map quilt:) And an April Finish:) I did not get an April finish...try for 2 next month!

Sue-Anne said...

Great quilting Susan. What a fantastic idea for a child to learn about all the different States.

Micki said...

That is amazing! I never saw a quilt like that.

Linda said...

Did you hand quilt or machine quilt? I'm embarking on a world map quilt, using a panel from the same company, and I'm debating and debating how to go about it. I'm certain that outlining the continents is an important parts of it, and your quilt (which is lovely!) is the closest example I've found.