Friday, July 18, 2014

Purple Scrappy Trip Around the World Finish

I have loved so many of the scrappy trip around the world quilts that I've seen that I just had to make one. However, I don't have as much time to sew my own stuff lately as I'd like, so I had to figure out a way to modify it. Another thing I didn't like about the traditional pattern was the amount of waste you had if you tried using entire widths of fabric--you could make two blocks but then you'd have 11" or so left and I found that frustrating.

 I solved both of those problems by increasing my strip width from the traditional 2.5" to 3.5". Doing this made the blocks finish up at 18", so only 20 blocks made a 72" x 90" quilt. Perfect.
 With the 3.5" strips, you need 21" (plus extra for squaring up) to cut all six sections for the block. It was perfect to cut widths of fabric in half or to cut strips from fat quarters. Seriously, perfect.
 I've been working on this on and off for a few months, but it seriously went together so quickly. Scrappy trip blocks are already really fast, and making them bigger just made that even more true.
 I used a Joel Dewberry voile on the back and it is SO SOFT. This may be my favorite quilt to use from now on. I seriously love it. A scrappy binding finished it off nicely.
 I quilted allover feathers on the whole quilt. I wanted to practice them and this was the perfect opportunity. The busy patterns on both the front and back hide my imperfections nicely, but I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I haven't had a lot of experience with feathers, but I'd feel comfortable to put them on a customer quilt now.
I'm linking up today with Finish it Up Friday and Link a Finish Friday.


  1. Oh its beautiful! I love Scrappy trips also, thanks for the tips using the wider strips!

  2. Wow - I really like this and the tip for cutting larger blocks is a great idea. Must make another one

  3. great quilt, love the pinks and purples!! Thanks for sharing your tip about the size too

  4. How pretty! Thanks for the tips too. Might have to make another one.

  5. cool! thanks for the tip on the larger blocks ... I hate the waste and love the speed!

  6. Oh, what a great quilt. and this is coming from someone who is not normally a fan of purple. That whole Radiant Orchid business left me cold, but I am becoming more and more a fan of these colours. As for your pattern modification... brilliant. Looks like you have just given me what I needed to tackle this scrappy trip!

  7. Beautiful quilt! It reminds me how much fun a scrappy around the world quilt can be! I may have to do another one myself!

  8. Ooh! I seriously love your quilt. Purple and pink are my favorite colors and you did spectacular on choosing the right combination of colors and patterns with the fabric placement. I am now inspired to start a scrappy trip around the world. I want to wish you "Good Luck" with your adventures on Sewvivor Season 3.


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