The actual Bento Box hasn't traveled but the fabrics all come from a cross-country trip 5 years ago. Yep, you heard that right. 5 years! I started piecing the blocks over 3 years ago, finished them last summer and then stalled when my machine wasn't quilting properly. Then this August I got the back made and I quilted it in September. This has got to be my longest WIP and I finished it!
During the summer of 2007 we drove from our home in Ontario through the states to BC with our family of 5. It seems like almost every little town had a quilt shop so my very enabling husband would stop, I'd hop out and take a quick peak around and pick out a blue and/or yellow fat quarter.
I love the back! I made a block from each place (or person) with the fabrics I got there.
I quilted it with organic straight lines. Doesn't that sound way better than not-so-straight and slightly wobbly? ;-p
Here's a list of the Quilt Shops. Do any of these happen to be your local quilt shop?
Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts - South Amana, Iowa
Hamels Fabrics - Chilliwack, British Columbia
Cotton Capers Quilt Shop - Choteau, Montana
Old Alley Quilt Shop - Sherburn, Minnesota
Country Fold & Quiltessentials - Abbotsford, British Columbia
Big Horn Quilts - Greybull, Wyoming
La Grande, Oregon (don't know the shop name)
The Quilt Shop - Custer, South Dakota
Idaho Quiltworks - Buhl, Idaho
Quilters Quarters - Spring Valley, Minnesota
Willow Ridge Crafts - Rock Springs, Wyoming
Heritage Designs - Amana - Iowa
Well...five years later, with that trip a distant memory, it doesn't have quite the exciting factor but it's done just in time for the cooler weather and we can definitely use a "snuggle quilt"!