Down to Earth

Before the end of 2017, I was asked if I liked to be a part of World Wide Whisper quilt project. Without much thinking I said yes.

What it was was, the first person make a quilt inspired by a picture and then following person make a quilt inspired by a picture of the previous quilt. Like Chinese whisper game. It is called World Wide because there are five countries making them. Canada, US, Scotland, Holland and Ireland and each country make a each series.

I was assigned to work on June. I got a photo of Margaret McCroy at the end of May. Margaret’s quilt was a picture of hot air balloons floating up. It was very pretty!

The thing I wasn’t quite sure was if I was guess the original one or just work from what I was given. After reading the instruction few times, I just decided to make one inspired by Margaret’s one.

And the next question was how much I should go wild. The following person was Olena and I was sure she can handle my wildness but I thought I might better not derail the theme going through. Well I actually had no idea what the theme was but guessed rainbow colour because the biggest air balloon was rainbow colour.

So what? Things went up the sky has to come down, don’t they. Parachute would be a fun way to come down, don’t you think( I haven’t done either of them in my life).

So here is my piece, Down to earth.

I pulled out all sort of green fabric for the background and they are pieced with curves just like Irish country side.

I picked up busy prints for the parachutes. They are all hand appliqued with a layer of wadding inside.

Quilting as to reflect landscape pattern. Field of grass, little stream, forest, ancient monuments.

People and sheep are fused applique. I didn’t stitch over sheep and hoping they won’t fall off.

There was a first show of all the quilts in Scotland a few weeks ago and they will be traveling around the world now.

You can find the rest of quilts on their Facebook page, World Wide Whispers global project.





Julie Fukuda
March 15, 2019 11:53 pm

That seems like an interesting challenge and you met it in an inspiring way. I will have to go have a look at the rest of the show.

March 16, 2019 7:06 pm

I haven’t seen the actual quilts yet but photos of them. It was very interesting. They all reflects each maker’s personality.

April 7, 2019 11:56 am

This quilt makes me feel happy

April 7, 2019 7:38 pm

That’s great to hear it! They will be in Ireland sometime and I can’t wait to see them all 🙂