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Giant Trip Around The World

on May 8, 2019 in Blog, Featured, quilting, tutorial |

I have a fun easy pattern for you! It is a GIANT Trip Around The World. Not a jaunt across town; think of it as a BIG trip. Think of more like Jackie Chan’s Around The World in 80 Days, or maybe a leisurely boat ride with Magellan.

The blocks are big; the quilt is big and the best part- You can stitch it quickly while using up your less-than-one-yard fabric pieces. The quilt finishes at approximately 88″ x 88″.

Please note that the fabrics in the digital blog tutorial are different than the two actual quilts pictured above. The pattern is the same.


  • 28″ of SIX different coordinating fabrics.
    • NOTE: You’ll need exactly 28″ cut straight, if you need to true-up or square your fabric, you may opt to work with 30″-32″ x Width of Fabric (WOF) pieces.
  • 12″ solid fabric for inner border
  • 1-1/4 yard fabric for outer border
  • 2/3 yard fabric for binding
  • Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide (optional)

Tips for Selecting Fabrics

If you find that you do not quite have the required 28″ of one single print, consider pairing it with a fabric of a similar hue or value. This will trick the eye once the quilt is finished.


  • Cut each of the six different 28″ fabrics into four 7″ x WOF strips.
  • Cut eight 1-1/2″ x WOF strips from 12″ inner border fabric.
  • Cut nine strips 4-1/2″ x WOF from 1-1/4y outer border fabric.
  • Cut nine strips at 2-1/2″ x WOF for binding.


  • Arrange the 7″ strips into four piles with six unique fabrics each. Keep the strips in the same order in each pile.
  • Join the strips, using a straight stitch and 1/4″ seam allowance, in each pile. Press seam allowances in one direction.
  • Here’s where the magic happens. Join the far left strip to the far right strip to create a tube. CAUTION: When joining these, note that the fabric grain may have shifted. The strip ends may not necessarily line up. It is more important to make sure there is no wavy or ripple in the fabric than it is to have the strip ends line up.
  • Press.
  • From here, I work with one strip-set/tube at a time as to not get the pieces mixed up.
    • Also from here- these are the same type of construction directions as a regular Scrappy Trip Around the World or a Bargello Style Quilt.
  • Make a Tube: Carefully place the inside-out-strip-tube on your cutting surface. Make sure all seams are parallel. They should not be stacked exactly on top of each other.
  • Slice The Tube: Using rotary cutting tools, cut across the tube to create six 7″ strips. Cut conservatively as you’ll need a full 42″ to get all six strips from each tube.
  • Rip One Seam Per Tube: Rip out one seam per tube. Open the tube to reveal a line of six squares. Make sure to rip different seams on each tube, working around the circle.

In this sample, I opted to have the lightest square form a diagonal line. By moving the strips around, you can feature any shade/fabric in the diagonal.

  • Sew each column of six squares together, pinning at the block intersections.
  • Each quadrant should measure 39-1/2″ x 39-1/2″.
  • Repeat these steps to create four quadrants.

Build the Quilt

You have a few options when building this quilt. There are only three seams left in the main body of the quilt.

No matter the layout, the construction is the same.

  • Join the top two quadrants and the bottom two quadrants.
  • Then join the halves by sewing the long horizontal seam.
  • Make sure to match up all block intersections.

Option 1: Diagonal Lines

Option 2: Symmetrical Diamond

Option 3: Asymmetrical Diamond

Option 4: Symmetrical X

Option 5: Asymmetrical X


No matter your layout choice, the border application is the same.

  • First, join pairs of 1-1/2″ wide strips at the short ends.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the narrow strips to the patchwork center.
  • Add the top and bottom borders first, press. Then the right and left sides.
  • Press.
  • Join pairs of 4-1/2″ wide strips at the short ends.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the narrow strips to the inner border.
  • Add the top and bottom borders first, press. Then the right and left sides.
  • Press.

A quick tip for quilting: Unless you’ve used solid fabrics, this quilt is quite busy with a collection of prints. Custom quilted designs didn’t seem to show up on my samples. I’d opt for a quick meander design over the project.

  • Use the remaining nine binding strips to apply the binding using your favorite method.

A Helper

Of course, when I was trying to snap this picture, I had some help. There are quite a few images of her walking across, walking off, then sneaking back on after I had climbed on the couch to get the “from above” shot. It’s just a big quilt, so it was tricky to photo. Trickier with the camera diva.

Changing The Sizes

I’ve made this Scrappy Trip Around The World in a few sizes.

2002 Squares | Scrappy Trip Around The World | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs
Scrappy Trip Along Beige By Jen Eskridge
Scrappy Trip Along | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I hope you enjoy and share this tutorial. I’m sure your GIANT trip around the world will look fantastic!

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