Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Scrappy Trip

I'm probably the last quilter in this century to make a Scrappy Trip. I'm not a big fan of really scrappy quilts, so while the idea was great and so many of the quilts I've seen are beautiful, I didn't have an inclination to make one. Until I saw Allison's of Woodberry Way.

She made a gorgeous planned Scrappy Trip and I fell in love with it. I decided to go ahead and try one using a limited color palette of black, teal, mint and pinky red.


The top is done! I followed Allison's directions found here. She made the blocks larger than the original quilt design.


I made one slight variation to the directions because I wanted all my seams to nest, which makes it tons easier to put the blocks together.

When piecing the strips, I pressed all the seams away from the background fabric. This made the rows go together easily within each block.

With this design you make 2 different blocks {one with a print in the upper corner and one with a background}. I wanted the seams to nest as I sewed the blocks together, so instead of turning them, as Allison directs, I created 2 different blocks.  This also allowed me to keep the black squares going diagonally across the quilt.

The rows for each block are pressed in opposite directions making the seams nest as the blocks and rows are joined.

Block 1:


Block 2:



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Block 2:


Thank you all for the advice on my bag {that many of you pointed out would make a great bin!}. I'm thinking the heavy quilting just shrunk {shrank?} the bag too much. Several of you suggested, measuring the finished outer portion and cutting the lining once the bag is quilted. Always adding interfacing to the lining fabric sounds like a good idea also! I still need to add the handles or maybe I'll just use it as a storage bin! Fat quarters maybe?


19 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful quilt! I love that pattern but haven't been able to think of a colour scheme because I've been seeing all scrappy ones. I really like the flow better using a background fabric as you have done! I've been stashing navys, beige/mushroom, and terra cottas lately...I will have fun thinking up one more colour to add to that scheme (white as a background)!

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    1. Ps: any suggestions for an additional colour would be most welcome!

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    2. What about a touch of citron to give it some pop. Or brown to tone it down and have your terra cotta be the pop color.

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    3. Great suggestions, thanks! I have lots of browns, so that would work. Or if I'd go with citron, I have almost none of that stashed so I'd just have to go and buy some more, haha!

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    4. You could add my go-to, aqua or minty green. The green would feel very Fall like. Or how about a plum?

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    5. I was thinking about plum! I'll also audition the aqua and mint, thanks!!

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  2. Very pretty! I love to see quilters build off each other's ideas, too.

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  3. Love your scrappy trip! (I want to make one, one day too)

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  4. Love the colours you chose it is on my to do list. Am just putting my sewing room back together after new floor coverings. Hope to get bavk to the sewing machine soon.

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  5. That's one of the prettiest scrappy trip quilts I've ever seen! Your bag/bin came out cute! I can think of lots of uses for it! Well done! Have a great day!

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  6. Perhaps one day I'll get around to making a Scrappy Trip. Thank you for the pressing tip to allow for nesting of the seams! The deliberately planned color palate is striking.

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  7. I love everything about this quilt! I especially love your colors! So pretty! 😊

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  8. Love the quilt! You are not the only one who had not made one yet!

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  9. Very pretty scrappy trip. Those colors are definitely YOU!! A scrappy trip is on my radar too, but there are soooo many others on the same "to do one day" list.

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  10. This is the coolest quilt ever! I love the colors you picked too. Good grief I have so many scraps I could make an entire house cozy... maybe this pattern would fit the bill.

    I just made my first "bin" but did not really quilt any of it. YOURS looks wow great!
    I have saggy inside too. Oh well. Handles are cool now. Put some on. Maybe lap them on the side and put buckles on them or cute buttons :-D

    I really like that quilt, great tips too, Thank you for those

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  11. I like the change to the scrappy trip tutorial. Especially the idea of bigger blocks with strips. You aren't the last one to join . . . I probably am too. I made a scrappy version first then decided to do a checkerboard version to use my traditional leafy prints up. I liked the simplified look of the checkerboard. You can see a little about it here. http://www.springleafstudios.com/search/label/Scrappy%20Trip%20Around%20the%20World

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  12. I love your Scrappy Trip! I made the really scrappy one. It's OK, but not my favorite. The worst part is that it didn't make a dent in my stash.

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  13. Hey Cindy,
    thanks for your tips on this beautiful quilt. You're NOT the last quilter on the planet to make a scrappy trip, because I'm getting ready to. =)

    thanks again,
    Julia
    @RedRainbootsHandmade

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