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Asian Memories Quilt

In April, 2007, we took an amazing two week trip to China to visit Andy and Alecia.  To commemorate our visit, I made a quilt that I gave to them as a Thank You gift.

Asian Memories Quilt made to commemorate our 2007 Trip to China
Asian Memories Quilt made to commemorate our 2007 Trip to China

When we arrived, it was my birthday, so Alecia greeted me at the airport with beautiful flowers and also surprised me with a lovely birthday cake when we arrived at their apartment.  It was very thoughtful.  The best gift of all was seeing her and Andy!

My birthday flowers and cake
My birthday flowers and cake

While we were in China, we spent time in Shanghai, where Andy and Alecia were living.

View from Alecia and Andy's Apartment
View from Alecia and Andy’s Apartment
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Living Room

 

Alecia & Andy's Home in China (on 27th Floor)
Alecia & Andy’s Home in China (on 27th Floor)

It was quite a change from their home in the North End in Boise as you can see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also toured Beijing and climbed the Great Wall and saw the Ming tombs.

Marv on the Great Wall
Marv on the Great Wall
Ready to climb the Great Wall
Ready to climb the Great Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We attended Kung Fu theatre and the Peking Opera.  So many sites to see and we hiked into the Forbidden City, Tinanmen Square and the Summer Palace.

Tinanmen Square

 

Our Most Excellent Tour Guides at the Summer Palace
Our Most Excellent Tour Guides at the Summer Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, there was some shopping at the pearl, jade, cloisonné and fabric markets.

Jane at the Pearl Market
Jane at the Pearl Market
I found "My Store"...
I found “My Store”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also visited the water town of Suzhou…

Canal in Suzhou
Canal in Suzhou

and hiked through the Administrator’s Garden.

The Administrator's Garden
The Administrator’s Garden
Touring the Administrator's Garden
Touring the Administrator’s Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an incredible trip and when I made their quilt, I found fabric that reminded me of some of the birds we saw in the Administrator’s Garden.  The pattern I used for the quilt was called BQ from Maple Island quilts.

Close-up of quilting by Evette Ebaugh
Close-up of quilting by Evette Ebaugh
Another close-up of quilting
Another close-up of quilting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the quilting, the finishing touch was the label that summarized our most excellent adventure!

Copy of the Quilt's Label
Copy of the Quilt’s Label

It was a trip of a lifetime and we had so much fun.  The best part of the trip was  spending time with Alecia and Andy and seeing how well they had adapted to their new home in Shanghai.  They were very comfortable in China and did a great job as guides during our visit.

Quilts are a great way to commemorate a significant event in our lives.  What quilts have you made to help remember a special time or a special someone?

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful August weather.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

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