Trip Around the World
Laura May Clarke and the Rebecca Jane Circle
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Pieced by Laura in 1932, quilted by the Rebecca Jane Circle in 1933
82" x 81 1/2"
MSU Museum Accession 6119.6
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by the MSU
When Bozena and Laura saw a quilt similar to this one on display at Hudson's
Department Store in downtown Detroit, Michigan, they immediately began
planning to make one. Together they made a detailed hand-colored diagram,
then Laura pieced it, and, lastly, it was quilted by their quilting group,
the Rebecca Jane Circle from the Union Boulevard Congregational Church.
The quilt is a simple pattern consisting of thirty-four bands of multicolored
and solid fabrics. The fabrics are arranged in groups of like-colored
prints followed by a coordinating solid. Small squares of fabric are sewn
together and arranged by color to form a series of brightly colored concentric
squares. The work was hand quilted in a grid of straight lines runing
through every square.
In 2002, RJR Fashion Fabrics of Gardena, California collaborated with
the MSU Museum to create a line of reproduction fabrics based on this
quilt - Trip Around the World: Reproductions from the Michigan State University
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.