The map has a meaning?

Maybe I’m feeling a bit philosophical right now, but I think the map quilt that I just finished has some deeper significance than using up extra fabric. I had 3 pieces of fabric with maps on them and originally they were all going to go into a quilt together just because they were maps. I rejected one of them. The colors weren’t really compatible with the others and it just looked a bit too cartoonish. I used a large variety of other fabrics and assembled my quilt with a definite north-south orientation.

Deb's Map quilt 1

There were a few edits after this pic and then I started quilting it. I couldn’t bring myself to do the whole thing in a straight line grid, as this fabric suggested.

Map quilting 1

But maps are marked off and measured that way, as if you could get from one location to another by following that grid. The other map fabric showed some latitude and longitude lines, but it wanted a swirly design–like the winds that blew the early sailors and explorers from place to place.

Map detail 2

The rows of up and down strips are surely meant to be jungles and trees and grasses found in all those new lands. Map detail 1

I don’t usually give this kind of thought to ‘quilt’ quilts that I make. They are only covers, meant to keep you warm. Art quilts most often have some deeper thoughts behind them. I have no idea why this one made me so fanciful but I guess maps can open your thoughts up to all the possibilities of the wide world.

Map quilt done

In the real world, though, I’m happy knowing that I can make something to keep my loved ones warm and snuggly. Most days that’s as wide as my world needs to be.


4 thoughts on “The map has a meaning?

    • The quilting does not show in the photo of the whole quilt, just in the detail shots. I am far from a good photographer…that’s probably another class I should find to take!

      On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:



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