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2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt | 2 comments

2002 Squares is my latest Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I’ve made a few Scrappy Trips, using the methods in Bonnie Hunter’s FREE pattern from her Quiltville blog. I altered the pattern slightly to accommodate my own math. I save my binding strips in big “cinnamon rolls” shapes. Once I have a few rolls, I’ll try to add them into some kind of strip-based or jelly roll based design. My binding, however, is cut 2-1/4″ wide, which means I need to switch the math a tiny bit for anything that is originally designed for a jelly roll, which are strips measuring 2-1/2″ wide. You can hop over to Quiltville to see the original, super-easy method to create these quilt blocks. Strip Method It is similar to a bargello-style quilt in terms of construction: Create a strip set Sew the strip set into a tube Sub-cut the strip set Rip out one seam to reveal a set of joined squares Rip out a second seam, etc Arrange the set to create a feature diagonal color Sew the block That is it in a very tight nutshell. Altered Math & Tips Here are some of the details & tricks for my binding scraps quilt. Since my strips were 2-1/4″, I ended up sewing 8 strips together in my sets. My sub-cut pieces were also 2-1/4″. The squares in this quilt finished at 1-3/4″ with 64 squares per block. Also, as I was using binding pieces, none of them were with regular width of fabric. To combat this, I joined many pieces of bindings that shared a similar value. Using this longer piece, I then created MEGA strip sets. Each one was probably over 2 yards long. Here’s a zoom in, below. You can see how much that bonus seam does not matter at all in the quilt block. By working with long strip sets, this quilt went together really fast. And that is saying something because, this is a fast pattern in itself. Blocks When creating my block, my only restriction was to choose the darkest color to be the diagonal line. As far as dark & light fabrics go, you’ll see from block to block the “darkest” fabric varies...

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Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

on Dec 1, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Last Scrappy Trip Along is Finished! The past couple weeks, I’ve shared the finishes of two Scrappy Trip Along quilts (Beige Quilt & Pink Quilt). This blue and brown quilt is my last of the three made in that style. Last ever? Doubt it. But certainly the last one for 2015!! Much like the last two quilts, the longarm quilting design in this project is virtually undetectable. The scraps are just soooooo busy that the quilting is really lost in the prints. I tried to create a hook type pyramid in quadrants of the larger scrappy block units. (Click the picture to enlarge it.) It worked out very well that the quilting is hard to see since my design didn’t take consideration for traveling across the quilt top. I suppose I should have tried to stop and start my quilting lines, but I didn’t. Livin’ and Learnin’ right? I do really enjoy the full-size scrappy blue and brown quilt and with a bit of washing and drying the quilt should have a prefect shrinkle to conceal any of those longarm quilting hiccups. And of course, stripe binding well within my comfort zone. If you aren?t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly....

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Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

on Nov 24, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is Finished! The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is finished. Sure, part of me wants to name it-?Scrappy Trip Along: Composition in Barbie, but lets just call it the Pink Quilt for now. It is FINISHED! After longarm quilting the beige quilt, which I shared last week on the blog, I realized that the quilting on this quilt would probably not be noticeable. I decided to abandon any ambitious wild quilting designs and opt to practice a linked circle design. See what I mean? Or actually… you don’t see… it is really hard to see the stitching at all. My friend quilted her Scrappy Trip with the same design. She placed the circles in each of her 2″ squares. Wow. It looked amazing…. but …. um, that seems like alot more work. My squares are 3″ and I decided to create the circles to span two at a time. Squint and take a closer look at the image; click on the picture to enlarge it. Ultimately, the quilt back is covered with linked 6″ circles. The backing is a complete piece of a vintage flat sheet. I’m going to file this one in the win column. It was a great quilt practice. It force me to try a few things I wouldn’t normally do: Make a holy-crap-that-is-alot-of-pink Pink Quilt Make a very controlled quilting design using the actual quilt piecing as my guide. Quilt with variegated pink thread. I was so far out of my comfort zone – I had to add a stripe binding to bring it back around. Hooray for stripe binding, right??!! If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very...

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Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

My First Scrappy Trip Along Quilt is Quilted! I joined the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Scrappy Trip Along project over the summer. You might remember me working on the quilt top and sharing some ideas on the blog in this post. This small-ish beige and blue quilt was the first project to load onto my new HandiQuilter frame. After doodling?a few designs on paper, I went with a sort of swirled hook with feathers around the swirl shape. I was so happy and so excited to give it a try…. WELL, turns out, you pretty much cannot see the quilting anywhere on the patchwork design. The only place you’ll even notice the feather/swirl is in the border. This is really good news!! I had to concentrate and really “hold it together” in the borders, right? But in the middle of the patchwork I could practice practice practice without the pressure. By the time I quilted to the final edge, the feather/swirl design was really starting to look as I envisioned. The quilt back is equally busy printed fabric, so the border really is the only place to see the quilting on the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very...

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Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, SAMQG | 2 comments

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make. In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right? I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right? Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched?10 strip sets, each with 6 strips. It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done? I decided to forge ahead. I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto. Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. ?Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way. In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie. Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor… Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman! Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the...

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Scrappy Trip Along

Scrappy Trip Along

on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, SAMQG | 3 comments

Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild fired up a Scrappy Trip Along quilt along this summer. It is a fun fast pattern AND it uses precut strips (jelly rolls). Cool, right? I started out with a collection of strips that I cut myself. I ended up not using a precut jelly roll fabric bundle. The design is a strip-pieced quilt. You sew rows of strips, sew them into “tubes” and then cut them. All the directions are over on Bonnie Hunter’s?Quiltville website. Strip-piecing quilts are so easy! If you haven’t tried one, you should give it a go. The pattern can look super scrappy by using any color in any placement. The trick to making this scrap quilt have order is to choose a common color/fabric to place in the diagonal position of each block. I went with a dark browns. Fortunately/Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. My blocks are 16″ square and I decided to make as many as I could with the strips I had cut. This turned out a little brown baby quilt sized piece. I know on the Quiltville site there are many Scrappy Trip Along quilts with borders. I think the whole modern quilt movement is anti-borders, but then again this is not a very modern quilt pattern. I thought on it for a little while and decided to try to add a modern-esque border to my traditional top. I ended up adding an off-white color, squares leftover from an extra strip set, and an asymmetrical flare. On the top and left lower edges, the squares go all the way to the edge and will eventually touch the orange binding. Do I think it is modern? Nope. Do I super like how it turned out? Yeppers. How big is it now? 64″ x 80″ To quilt it, I’m thinking I might try to make little “points” all over the quilt, to emulate the zigzag/chevron design in the block arrangement. Of course, who knows how I’ll actually quilt it. Now here’s the kicker… I’m not good a quilt-alongs. I thought I’d be using up my scraps and sewing with my friends online. The time table is set up (1) for...

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Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

on Sep 16, 2017 in Blog, Featured, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 0 comments

What is a jelly roll? It goes by many names, but the trademarked name, Jelly Roll, is by Moda fabrics is a 40-42 piece fabric bundle of 2-1/2″ strips of fabric. The fabric is cut “straight off the bolt” so each piece is as wide as the width of fabric, 42″-44″. Pick up your own Jelly Roll in a variety of different colors and styles, here. There are many tutorials featuring the precut pieces and today I wanted to share with you a few things created here in the studio over the years. Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day with these quilt ideas. Batik Braid Quilt This is by-far the most popular tutorial on my blog, to date. It may be one of the older how-to’s posted, but it is still a great one. See how easy it is to create a braided look with your fabric using this Batik Braid tutorial. The Infamous 1600 Quilt This is the first quilt style that had me busting open my purchased jelly roll fabrics. It is a simple pattern and free tutorial (from the internet, not from me) where you stitch the short ends of the 2-1/2″ cut pieces together to form a strip, roughly 1600″ long. Yes, 1600″. From there you fold the strip, sew a seam, fold again, sew a seam, fold again, etc. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Jelly Roll Race on this sewing tutorial.Adding Military Fabric to 1600″ Quilts The Jelly Roll Race or 1600″ quilt (linked above) is addicting. I did notice, though, that I could incorporate my own fabrics to create a more interesting look when blended with precut 2-1/2″ strips. I ended up making quilts and adding fabrics for each branch of the service, for a special project. I had help on this big collection. Thanks to my weekend sewing team! Mixing military uniform fabrics and bright quilter’s cottons is the foundation for my book, Deploy That Fabric. Check it out. Cut Your Own Roll Once I started cutting and adding in military uniforms, I realized, I could easily cut my own jelly roll. Lord knows, I have a small bit of fabric to work with. I’m guessing you...

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Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

Blue Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Along project. As I mentioned in a couple previous posts, I’m not really good at the quilt along setting. Turns out, I just want to sew sew sew until I’m finished. I’m not too great at waiting for deadlines and pacing myself. Le’Sigh. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. It is a free tutorial. I changed the math, ever so slightly, so that my strips are cut at 3-1/2″ wide and my finished block is 18″. But this quilt was FUN to make. After my pink Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I decided I’d make something with much darker tones. Darker than hot pink? Well, yes. These are my browns. Yes, I realize they all have bright punchy flowers on them… but in my mind these are my brown fabrics. I pulled a pile of browns and added one single row of blues to create my diagonal effect. First, you stitch the strips into strip sets. I laid mine all out on the ironing board, but opted not to iron the sets…. just to see how it would work out. In my case, not ironing worked out fine. Hooray! The next steps involve sewing the strip sets into tubes and cutting the tubes. For me, six of these little babies would make up one quilt block. See all the pieces I cut in the background? There were little sets everywhere! Ripped a few seams, organized a few columns… Stitch the whole sha’bang back together and voila – quilt block. Turns out all the browns ended up reading like a blended quilt. I suppose that is fine by me, I just needed to decide on a layout. If you head to Instagram and use the hashtag #scrappytripalong, you’ll see loads of this style quilt and tons of ways to arrange them. Squares? Zig Zag? Around the World? Yep. That is the one I went with. Around the World. I haven’t ever made a quilt with this all-squares-square layout. (However, a similar squares-made-from-half-square-triangles is on the cover of my book, Deploy That Fabric?and pattern is included in that book.) Anywhoo, 720...

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