Our Anna Smith served as the Around the World Quilt co-coordinator for this first time and amazing creative fabric arts project. Here is her photo story….
Around the World (ATW) quilters aboard the Oceania Insignia 2016 World Cruise have reason to celebrate. Their ATW quilt creation is a stunning work of fabric arts and has just been completed! 35 ATW guests and entertainment staff from beginners who have never sewed before to expert quilters contributed a total of 72 8×8 in. blocks depicting ports of call and activities during the 180 day around the world cruise adventure on Insignia. Each block was uniquely created on board using a wide variety of fabric arts techniques from simple embroidery sewing, elaborate fabric painting, needlepoint, photo transfer to crazy quilting, chain and applique stitching. ATW quilters gathered each sea day in the Horizons lounge where natural light, peaceful background music and a welcoming ambiance enabled block creation, quilt design and story telling creative juices to flow. The 4pm high tea awaiting the quilters was an added bonus.
At the beginning of the voyage fabric artist and frequent Oceania Artist In Residence Anna Smith coordinated the design, production and assembly of the ATW Quilt and aided by AWT Hostess Trica Walsh. Anna taught beginners embroidery and various quilting and stitchery techniques and offered suggestions on fabrics and materials to obtain during ports of call visits. Each quilter shopped for, designed and assembled their blocks with anticipation and excitement. The multicolored ATW quilt backing purchased by Anna in Luanda Angola contributed to the quilting frenzy on board. Teamwork, a sense of pride and creativity was abound. When Anna left for home in Capetown she stated “I shall return – with sewing machine, quilt borders colored to match the guest’ block colors and needed quilting supplies” and she did just that in Tahiti. Using a self standing design wall, the quilters carefully laid out each block and carefully experimented with the quilt design until ready for final assembly.
Guest Sukey created a map of the final quilt showing the name of guest who made that block. The team busily stitched borders to each block. Anna’s sewing machine and guest Joan’s sewing machines worked overtime to add sashings, piping, borders and bindings and final quilting of the ATW quilt. A fun quilting bee atmosphere was shared in what is affectionately known as “It takes a Village” while the team stitched the quilt batts and quilt back to the quilt front in a huge circle while the quilters shared travel stories and fun times.
When Insignia General Manager Victor Conceicao initiated the ATW quilt project with Anna Smith at the beginning of the World cruise in January 2016, no one expected the high number of participants, number of blocks created and especially the creativity, passion, pride and teamwork that ensued. The first public showing of the completed quilt at an ATW reception near the end of the World Cruise was packed. The quilt will be on public display on board and ATW quilt raffle proceeds of over $4500 will go the to Insignia crew welfare fund.
Anna and husband David Smith (travel photography guest lecturer) just published a digital photo story book about the ATW quilt project and here it is! You can browse the pages by clicking the front cover of the book below
The book is available as a high quality Blurb hard cover book or an instantly downloadable eBook. Order your copy by selecting the appropriate link below:
Anna Smith resides in West Vancouver, BC where she instructs fabric arts, quilting and photo transfer classes at art galleries and quilting guilds. She has served as a fabric Artist in Residence on the Insignia, Marina and Riviera ships and has lectured on exotic fabrics of the World on cruise ships worldwide. Her works have been have exhibited in art galleries, offices, stores and museums. Her husband David Smith is a frequent cruise ship guest lecturer and workshop leader on travel photography. For more information contact Anna Smith via their web site www.interfaceimages.com.
About the Authors. David and Anna Smith are World travel & fine art photographers, Bloggers, photography and fabric arts workshop leaders, key note speakers and cruise ship guest lecturers, Their world image archive: Interface Images and Celebrate the World fine art gallery. David has just published a brand new series of online travel and general photography courses, visit their blog Travel Photography Tips & Adventures for more. Please share our Blog posts on your social networks.