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.
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!
While we were in China, we spent time in Shanghai, where Andy and Alecia were living.
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.
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.
Of course, there was some shopping at the pearl, jade, cloisonné and fabric markets.
We also visited the water town of Suzhou…
and hiked through 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.
After the quilting, the finishing touch was the label that summarized our most excellent adventure!
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.