Monday, August 2, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Ever see a quilt and wonder *why* the quilt maker made it a certain way?

Well~this quilt certainly has me scratching my head and wonder *why* I made it like I did!

*Why did I only put two borders on it?
*Why did I choose rectangles?
*Why did I just chop off the rectangle border?

That's easy~to make the border fit! LOL

I made this quit about 4 years ago as a learning tool for DD's Girl Scout troop. At the time, the whole Girl Scout group celebrated International Thinking Day. Each troop would pick a country, prepare a display, dress in appropriate clothing, give out a food sampling, display the country flag, make a swap and a stamp/sticker for the other scouts' passports that visited our country. That year, our troop chose Kenya. So when I found the world map fabric, I made a quick quilt to show exactly where Kenya was located. (I think this is why the quilt only has 2 borders~time crunch.)

The backing fabric has animals one might find in Kenya.

I had planned to leave this with the Scout leader after we moved but DD begged that I make the leader another quilt and keep *her world*. Okay.

Well DS commandeered the *world* and hung it on his wall in his bedroom. DD was very sad.

(Like my long story? still with me?)

In the meantime, I have been looking for another world map panel. I found one on the clearance rack at Walmart* a few months ago.

Ta~Da...DD's remake of the scouts' world map. DD had picked out teal fabric but it really didn't match so she switched to purple. Definitely a little too *girly* for another *boy* to steal. I did add a coping strip on the bottom~which helped the bottom to match up but I still needed to hack a little off the top border to make it fit.

Do you suppose these panels are printed just a tad crooked?!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! :)
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Diane said...

definately printed crooked! I love your backing fabric...I think One Block Wonder when I see fabrics such as those.

Bonnie said...

Your story is great! I have the same panel in my stash along with some African fabrics, but no clue how to put it all together. I may steal your ideas - and hope that my panel is straighter!

kwiltnkats said...

I've heard you can apply fusible interfacing to the back and square up panels before you use them. Helps eliminate the crooked printing problems that are notorious on panels. I purchased a kit for my Mom that consisted of a tools panel. She tried hard to get the blocks straight, but just couldn't pull it off. I like your borders and never gave it attention that you'd trimmed off to make it work until you mentioned it. Still came out great and the reason for making it a very good one.

Stephanie D. said...

I vote for that story, too!