Scrappy Trip Around The World, take three

Some of you may remember that I made a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt a few years ago as a wedding present for friends, and another one for a friend’s baby.

The larger quilt was queen size: here it’s being held up by my father (6’4″) who is standing on a chair:N&AHuge

The smaller quilt was for a baby:

Both were made using the Quiltville Scrappy Trip pattern.

I initially thought about doing a pieced back for the large quilt, and I’ve had blocks 12.5″x12.5″ cut for ages with no purpose.  Instead I decided to use them for a new, small, scrappy trip around the world quilt.

The newest quilt will be a lap quilt, in differently-formatted blocks: they’re blocks of 4 instead of blocks of six. The colors are a departure for me, and I’m not sure I’m going to want to keep it in the end, but it’s been really soothing to get back to my machine for a quilting project again.



do.Good Stitches, August 2013

As part of the INSPIRE circle, I make up two quilt blocks a month, and mail them to a group member who takes all our finished blocks and makes them into a lovely quilt.

This month the blocks were a beautiful paper-pieced star, which I have to confess made me a little bit nervous, since I’ve never paper pieced before. Turns out I love it!

This is the first block I made:
August INSPIRE block #1
I’m proud of it. The background fabric is the handwriting print from Architextures, and I have to say, I fell in love with it while I was making this block.

This is the second block:
August INSPIRE block #2
I’m not as fond of this one: the blues and purples are too close in value to give the kind of inner pop that the yellow does in the first block. And the background is a pearl bracelets in almost-white, which works, but it turns out I’m not as much of a fan of that print (which I usually love) in such a low-volume context. Live and learn!

I’ve also been working on a quilt for a friend’s new baby, (I’ve got a few months of lead time there, though) and have two finished quilts that I have to photograph before I mail them off to their expectant mother. Those two are on a serious deadline.

What have you been working on?

Circa 1934 meets Filmstrip.

Happy Friday the 13th!

This quilt is (hopefully) going to be a quick project. I’m following the tutorial for a Filmstrip Quilt at Crazy Mom Quilts.

This is what it looks like right now:
I’m not happy with the way the print repeats in the upper right hand corner, but I’m not sure how to fix it. Suggestions would be awesome.

I cut out the pieces on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, and ironed the ones that were being stubborn about curling where they’d been folded. (I know I should iron before cutting, but I was just so impatient… it hasn’t caused any problems yet.)

I’m using five fat quarters of the Circa 1934 and 1 yard of a Kona cream-colored cotton (I don’t recall which exactly), which were enough to make 15 block centers and 15 block borders, with a teeny bit of each print left over, which I may add to a scrappy binding, spaced out with black. I may also just bind it in a red-white-stripe. I cut my solid stupidly, and had to piece together my last two 9″x2.5″ strips together from scraps, which was a little annoying. I’ll know better next time.

This is it all cut:

I pinned all of the blocks to their short borders first, which took a while, but meant that I was able to chain piece the 15 red-centered blocks in one fell swoop, which was nice and fast:


I finished all the white-bordered blocks first, before embarking on the red-bordered ones.

Another two bouts of pinning and ironing and trimming later, I have all of my 30 blocks, trimmed to 8.5″.

These pictures show half of them, before I trimmed them:


I made up a schematic the other day and decided that I really want there to be sashing between the blocks: so I’ll be adding 1.5″ strips of black between the various blocks, and arranging the blocks diagonally, rather than horizontally. This is my very awkward mock-up:


I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going to do with this quilt once it’s done, but I can figure that out later.