i am big on these two things lately.
at the beginning of this year, my brother-in-law got married to a girl from madrid! the wedding was there so all of my husband's family got to go to spain to be there, and it was such a great trip. i will have to post some pictures when i get around to it. anway, for my wedding present to them, i thought i'd incorporate both embroidery and maps in a "quilt"--a map felt appropriate since this was an international union.
some of my preliminary planning
i don't pretend to be a quilter. this is actually more of a pieced blanket. also, the pictures aren't the best because we had to take them quickly in a cramped spanish apartment while the bride and groom weren't around.
i used mostly muslin for the main parts and then pieced some nice thick cotton solids in navy and green. i filled it with 2 layers of thin cotton batting. to get it to spain, i put it in a vacuum bag in my suitcase.
i sewed the layers together with a chevron pattern. it took a bit of measuring but the result was cute. i bound the edges with a striped seersucker that i love.
also, you can barely see it in the photo above, but in the upper left hand corner of the blanket i embroidered their names and the date.
i embroidered a world map on a separate piece--this is what i worked on for most of the plane ride. i highly recommend this project for the plane (if you can sneak the needle and tiny scissors past security like i did) because the time went by so fast. it was relaxing and almost mind numbing. after i finished, i ironed all the edges and then slipstitched it onto the quilt by hand.
i absolutely love how the embroidered map turned out. i am definitely going to do this in future projects.
if you look closely, you can see where i made little x's in both texas and madrid (their homes) and connected them with a little dashed line. there are also x's where both of them served full-time, 2 year LDS missions (this was long before they met each other). brian's was in ukraine and noemi's was in utah.
and here is the back.
i hope they enjoy it as much as i loved making it!