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We love projects that involve mail in some way, and when BorjaBoroda recently brought to our attention Laridian's world quilt, our jaws dropped… a gorgeous quilt, made with fabrics sent to them by postcrossers — what a thing of beauty! 😍

A quilt featuring a world map, with different fabrics covering each country,

Laridian tells us that the whole thing started when the first fabric arrived back in September 2017, and was only recently finished — so a project 3 years and 7 months in the making, slowly accumulating pieces and stories from all over the world. The final work turned out unexpectedly big, measuring 1.27×2.2m (50×87in)… but they say this was actually a good thing, as many smaller countries wouldn’t show up otherwise.

Making the fabrics in the quilt match the sender’s origin would have been an impossible task (as Postcrossing doesn’t have many members in a lot of countries). In the end, there were 120 fabrics from 25 countries, and these were matched to the country based on the size of the piece, the patterns or colors. There are a couple of neat details, like the cow that fits India’s size perfectly! :)

We were curious to know more, so we asked Laridian a few questions about it:

What inspired you to do this map quilt?

I’ve always loved maps and fabric art. I’d previously made a cross stitch map of the world, I enjoyed making a cross stitch map of the world, and I wanted to do something similar for my love of Postcrossing. I’m a fabric artist and making a map seemed like a good way to show my love for both.

Did members share stories about these fabrics with you, when they sent it?

Yes they did! It was a great part of the project, hearing their stories. Such as how the fabric came from their wedding dress – I have more than one of those! – or clothes made by the postcrosser’s grandparent, or for the postcrosser’s grandchildren. Some of the fabrics have national symbols and designs, and others are mass market. More than one said they were glad to see the fabric go on to a new life in this project.

While most of these were received with postcards, a handful of fabrics were sent without postcards by Postcrossers who had heard about the project and wanted to contribute.

Did you have a few favourite fabrics?

It’s so hard to choose! Some that stand out for me, however:

An African detail of the world quilt map A detail from northern Europe, in the world quilt map

Angola has a little surfing dog. By the time I received the fabric, I was working on Africa, and searching for “surfing in Africa” brought back the result of Angola. And also the moose (elk) of Finland! That fabric did come from Finland.

Detail of mushroom patterned fabric, in French Guiana

It’s just a tiny piece, but the orange mushroom fabric used for French Guiana in South America.

How do you feel about it, having completed this nice endeavour?

I’m so proud of it! :D And I loved getting fabrics and the stories behind them from postcrossers. It was a wonderful surprise to receive them in the mail along with the postcards.

I still have fabrics left, and I’ve received more, so I’ve started my next “Postcrossing Quilt”. It won’t be a map this time, though! I’m looking at a more traditional quilting pattern to use the new fabrics. I don’t have room to hang another huge map! :)

Congratulations Laridian, and good luck for your next crafty project. We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

PS – For even more inspiration, check out Annett’s quilt and Marina’s scarf of friendship, featured previously on the blog.

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84 comments so far

yudi, Indonesia
Wow....
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AnnScot, Germany
That is beautiful! So many hours of work must have gone into it...
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alison41, South Africa
Absolutely fabulous! Can't wait to see what you make for your next project.
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booboo_babies, United States of America
This is totally amazing! Love it!
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Kandinska, Canada
Wonderfull idéa!
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
WOW!
Incredible & beautiful!
So thankful you shared this story.
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Pullen, Netherlands
Beautiful. Postcrossing is more than sending a card.
It's connecting in many ways.
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Pacomole, France
Just great and beautiful
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abbyaguas, Philippines
Was it difficult to do Vatican City, Singapore, and the tiny islands in the Carribean?
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Laridian, United States of America
@abbyaguas, thank you for your question! City-states and very small islands and nations are not included due to the difficulty of applique and satin stitching such tiny pieces.
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sunshine_jumbo, Canada
Good therapy.feeling connected 👍📞
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Mamiielariie, Belgium
Lovely one!
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Nonnie, United States of America
such a stunning and beautiful quilt! You are very talented. I wish that you were either related to me or that you were my best friend.
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hyacinthbucket, United States of America
This is fabulous! I love the thought and the painstaking care you took with each of the fabrics. I love this story!
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petrini1, United States of America
What a lovely idea! And the finished quilt is just beautiful.
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Sandristica, Spain
Oh, it´s beautiful!
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LuSays, United Kingdom
WOW!!!! just WOW!!!
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porkwithbones, United States of America
Congratulations on being featured on the Postcrossing blog as well as on finishing this massive project, Laridian!
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Katy1905, Germany
What an amazing handicraft✂️📍
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Verona10, United Kingdom
A true work of the World! Awesome.....
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depechman, Russia
I give you a standing ovation! I can't imagine how much patience is needed for such a job...
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thibcabe, Switzerland
Wow ! 😍
And I believe my fabric was used for Switzerland, so cool.
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Liudmyla_Kh, Ukraine
This is the perfect patchwork quilt that I could only see.
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betslets, United States of America
Absolutely a work of art! Sending well-deserved congratulations, especially for your creativity, patience and attention to detail! Many thanks for sharing with us.
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shiguzman, Costa Rica
Wow! Congratulations, Laridian! Love your hard work, creativity and dedication. ♥
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IllyasJames, Netherlands
Yay Laridian. I'm so happy your quilt got featured. :}
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CatharinaG3, Netherlands
Awesome!
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Flippie, Canada
Thank you Laridan for sharing this with us.
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valdavid, United States of America
What a beauty! And I love that the scale of Africa is more accurate than what the Mercator projection shows.
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NanaPam, United States of America
Absolutely incrediable work! It shows so much creativilty and skill-thank you for sharing.
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Carellen, New Zealand
What a wonderful project - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed seeing the result. Best wishes for the next one!
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KoJep, Indonesia
Congrats Laridian. Thanks for contact us again about the result. Im happy to get your address and can be a part of this amazing project.
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HookedonPostcards, Canada
So beautiful. So touching. Truly representative of Postcrossing reaching out and connecting people all over the planet.
Next stop: make a postcard of the quilt! ;-)
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Nique, Canada
So pleasing to the eyes! What a masterpiece👏👏
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MVB38449, United States of America
Incredible! Love it!
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LemonCakes, United States of America
Lovely quilt reminds me of common misconception that South America is right below North America when it's actually directly below Florida.
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fozziebear, Australia
Lovely quilt, It is different, are you making anymore
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167marina, Russia
O, that's wonderful!!!!
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Schwobi, Germany
Wunderbar! Eine sehr schöne Idee und Umsetzung!
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stonyblue, Germany
Congratulation to that wonderful project! ❤💚💛
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ctim, Sweden
Wow!!!😮😮 Fantastic work!
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Laridian, United States of America
@fozziebear, I am still accepting fabric from postcrossers, and am working on the next pattern now :)
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Tatyana2021, Russia
OOOOOOy! So fantastic! Respect! Bravo!
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Jauho, Finland
The world map is quite an impressive jigsaw puzzle of fabrics. Could one of the next patterns be like the version of Picasso's cubistic painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon for example? Or like Andy Warhol`s pop art paintings, but topics about postcrossing (envelopes with stamps and addresses made by sewing patches of different colours). Uh huh!
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alterego, Canada
Congratulations on this wonderful and creative art piece!
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mounten, Italy
What a great artistic work you made congratulations, i wonder what your next piece of art will be !!!!!!
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manencov, Romania
Congratulations Laridian! Amazing work! The image of your work deserves to appear on a postcard under your signature.
Good luck in the work you do!
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, definitely. ❤️
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Threejewels, United States of America
This is simply amazing! I hope it brings you joy!!
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mapa, Belgium
Super! Great job! Congratulations!
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philadelphius, United States of America
What an awesome idea and a beautiful project!
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NIDUSKA, Finland
nice work
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MrsBabl, United States of America
It’s gorgeous! What an amazing idea! I hope I’ll have the chance to participate in a world project like that. Love it!
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Joyful_SMILE, New Zealand
This is amazing! So happy to see NZ is on it! 😂
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nagem, United States of America
Stunning! This should go in a museum.
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Cassisia, Germany
A VERY impressive artwork! 😃 So heartwarming that many Postcrossers have contributed to it. 💛 Great story, thanks for sharing it with us!
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zerowaste, Germany
What a marvelous job . Amazing .. you are very talented 😍
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Maa-Rietje, Netherlands
Magnificent! Congratulations with this great result! Glad I could make a small contribution. And good luck with your next project!
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candyflosscurls, United Kingdom
It's so beautiful - well done!
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JetteLise, Netherlands
A masterpiece and so beautiful ! Congratulations 😍
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BarneyFamily, United States of America
So lovely--thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us.
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Lisenok, Russia
This is a very interesting idea! I like a piece of cloth with orange mushrooms💝🍄
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Telopea, Australia
This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!
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MishaMellow70, United States of America
Gorgeous! I especially love Australia! :)
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carruzzo, Russia
This is fantastic! very interesting idea! I like surfing dog) hugs from Russia!
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Zhang-Emily, China
Wow! So beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
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KirstenNyk, Denmark
I wonder where Denmark is???
But the quilt is fantastic anyway - well done!
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mildred40, United States of America
What a fantastic and interesting idea. I love postcrossing!
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ipuenktchen, Iran
wow, absolutely amazing!!!! even all 3 projects, Laridian's quilt and Annett’s quilt and Marina’s scarf of friendship, I cannot imagine how patient you are, to finish each of this huge projects!!!!!!?!?!! congrats, deep from my heart!!!!!!!
and thx for sharing, dear ana!!!
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ipuenktchen, Iran
hi, again, I just remembered, that I took part in a crotched project from forestchapel80 in NL in march 2014, when I made 2 granny squares and sent to her and later she sent me the pic of her blanket when finished!
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GuyT, Canada
I am speechless. What a wonderful piece of art !
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Clari, Germany
absolutly awesome!
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Langfordlibrarian, United States of America
What a lovely tribute to Postcrossing and a visual of how we make a woven tapestry of art together. This was delightful to read about.
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BasilDays, United States of America
Beautiful! Love it!
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rockycip, United States of America
Your quilt is lovely, visionary, artistic, incredible, extraordinary, imaginative, delightful, just magnificent. I run out of words to say how gorgeous your quilt is!
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lauranalanthalasa, Germany
The quilt is absolutely amazing!
But I also wonder where Denmark is. It sure isn't so tiny that it's difficult to do.
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Knerq, United States of America
Looks amazing! Seems like it would fit a king size bed
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KaFrie, Germany
Wonderful!!
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rsamwaldron, United States of America
This is a wonderful project. It helps us see our world as connected, het with many colors and patterns and much diversity of individuals.
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shayper, Canada
Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your work!
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clutsche, Germany
A beautiful piece of art and craft.
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meerminfan, Netherlands
kunstig kunstwerk
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Cheryll, Suriname
Very nice work 👌😊
it's also great that you used a greenish pattern/cloth for Suriname, the greenest country 🌳🌴🌳
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isagv, Germany
Amazing artwork.WOW!
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