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Giant Trip Around The World

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 [1], or maybe a leisurely boat ride with Magellan [2].

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.

Supplies:

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.

Cutting:

Construction:

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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.

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.

Option 1: Diagonal Lines

Option 2: Symmetrical Diamond

Option 3: Asymmetrical Diamond

Option 4: Symmetrical X

Option 5: Asymmetrical X

Borders

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

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.

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!