I have always wanted to make a Trip Around the World quilt. This summer was the right time start with this project. As I am aiming to use my stash that I have bought over the years, I got out my fabrics and started cutting strips of 2,5″ x 16″. My idea was to make 24 blocks, each block is 12″ x 12″ finished size and has 36 squares.
A tutorial for Trip Around the World quilt can be found here and here and here – with fabric requirements and colouring page download sheet. Here some quilt inspirations. I have decided to combine the design with an Irish Chain quilt pattern and I have chosen a yellow solid fabric for the diagonal squares of each block.
I have used for the first time Aurifil Mako 40/2 quilting thread in Light Sand. Really good quality thread, definitely will be my choice for the future. I have quilted this quilt using the walking foot in straight lines on the diagonal.
The backing of this Trip Around the World quilt is pieced with three different fabrics : a pattern one that I have bought as backing fabric and two Kona solids from my stash.
This time the choice of binding fabric was easy : I have used all the cut offs from the quilt backing that I have cut in approx 22″ long strips and pieced together interchanging the fabrics.
One more photo of the folded quilt :
Quilt details :
quilt size : 48″ x 72″
block size : 12″ x 12″ finished, layout of 4 x 6 blocks = 24 blocks = 864 squares
Paper piecing is the next adventure on my quilting journey. I have made a few small projects some time ago with this technique and I was not really keen on it. But when I wanted to make a cushion cover with a unicorn block, there was no way around, but to start once more with paper piecing.
The cushion cover is for Kate and I have used the same fabrics as for the previous cushion covers and the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt. The background fabric is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK and the prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective.
I have quilted the unicorn cushion cover using the walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread in straight lines, both on the front as well as on the back.
Size : 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm – for a standard inlet cushion size
By the time I have made the unicorn paper pieced block I started to like this sewing technique and I got confident with it. So I knew that I shall continue with paper piecing. The next project was already on my list … – more in my next post.
Over the last few weeks I have finished some mini quilts for decoration at Kate’s new shop. Yes, Kate from our local patchwork and craft shop has moved to new – larger and brighter premises. And I thought mini quilts would be the right present for a new shop.I have practiced a new free-motion quilting pattern with squares/rectangles instead of a curvy, meander style. It was a bit challenging at first, but only practice helps to get more confidence with free-motion quilting. I was really happy with my first “squary” free-motion mini quilt finishing. Not perfect, but nearly.
The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman – Pineapple Farm. Last year I have made with the same pattern a table runner for my sister-in-law as a Christmas present.I have used the leftover cuts from both pineapple minis to create a raw edge triangle application design that is framed with dense pebble-free motion quilting.And photos from the design and sewing process.The other two mini quilts I have made are with squares that Kate has received as samples from Makower Fabrics. I have decided to use the same design but different quilting. The Marina mini quilt is quilted with the walking foot with a wavy design.The Fantasy mini quilt is quilted with the free-motion squares/rectangles all over design. Well, I have to practice this one!Thanks for stopping and enjoy quilting!
This place mat is the result of a Frances Firefly block that was not wide enough to use it in a small version of the Fancy Forest quilt. Precise piecing is a must for all blocks as well as accurate cutting and pressing. So that you do not end with a few more place mats.
I have decided to practice my free motions skills on this small project and got out some variegated cotton threads from Superior Threads : King Tut Quilting Thread. I have been using this thread for many years and I think that the quality is outstanding. I buy neutral colors in cones and color threads in spools.
But what free motion pattern? I started practicing an “eight” pattern on some scraps. After getting more confident I filled the wings and the body with the new design. Even though my Bernina sewing machine came with a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) for easy free motion quilting, I prefer the ordinary embroidery foot. And practice, practice and practice …….
For the background quilting I used the pebbles pattern. It keeps the place mat nicely flat and smooth.
The binding fabric is a solid in bright fuchsia. Solids are my favorite fabrics for binding a quilt – it is like adding a frame to a nice picture. It should underline the quilt design, but it shouldn’t be the highlight.
I didn’t quilt the small colorful 1″ squares on top, they just pop up.
My next project is a second place mat with Hazel Hedgehog block, once more with free motion quilting finishing to match this place mat.