At last Saturday’s Beginners Course we reached the quilting stage of constructing our quilts. I demonstrated a few ideas for quilting using a walking foot eg. in-the-ditch, echoing, wavy lines… I’d had a think about how to quilt my version of the Dashing Stars quilt. In-the-ditch would work but I favoured stitching a quilting design over the patchwork to add ‘movement’, helping to take the eye roaming around the patchwork design. I considered a diagonal hatch across the quilt and considered curves, maybe echoing arcs or a swirl. Eventually I came up with stitching a large zig-zag down the centre of the quilt and then echoing the shape to either side.
The collection of Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks on my design wall continues to grow. I now have eight, just about keeping up with the schedule of the Scrappy Trip Along organised by Angie aka Gnome Angel.
To recap: The blocks are made using the strip tube method shown by Bonnie Hunter in this tutorial.
I’ve found the tutorial easy to follow. My only sticking point coming when deciding which of the seams to unpick in each of the tube segments. I have now found a sure fire way of opening the tube segments so the fabric squares form the desired diagonal pattern.
All of my scrappy strip sets have a dark pink strip at the top and a gold strip at the bottom. These two are sewn together to form the tube. My intention is for the dark pink squares to run across the centre diagonal of all of the Trip Around the World blocks.
Segment 1: I always unpick the seam between the dark pink and the gold squares.
I then look to the bottom two squares of this open strip and note the fabrics – in this case the beige and the gold squares.
I then take the second tube segment and unpick the seam between the beige and the gold squares.
I lay the open second segment next to the first, look at the bottom two squares of the second segment (the blue and beige squares). I then know to unpick the seam between the blue and the beige squares of the third tube segment.
And so I continue, always looking at the bottom two squares of the most recently opened tube segment to let me know which seam I need to open in the next tube segment.
Works a treat for me! No more time wasted trying to figure out how to proceed 😀
Hope this might be of help to you. Of course, you may fix on another visual clue to aid you in sequencing the strips of a tube block like this. Do share if you found this method helpful or if you use a different way to figure out this little puzzle.
Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social and Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss.
Over the snowy ‘Winter Wonderland’ weekend I persevered with the task of hunting through my stash (defined as any piece of fabric larger than a fat quarter) and my colour-sorted scraps (any pieces smaller than a fat quarter!) in search of fabrics to use for Gnome Angel’s #scrappytripalong2019.
I now have a collection of 144 strips, 16″ x 2½” ready to piece into 24 scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. Well! That’s not quite true… I have already made one block, so only 138 strips left! 😀 Having cut out all those strips I was keen to test the strip piecing method in the Bonnie Hunter tutorial Angie advised we use.
Here are some photos to show how I made my first block. I enjoyed the tube method of strip piecing, making these blocks will be good practice for the Bargello quilt I hope to make one day! 😉
Last Friday I took the short walk to our local Hobbycraft. There were several reasons – I needed some fresh air; I needed to stretch my legs; my Craft Group needed supplies; I was on the look out for a quilt magazine; and, hep-hem, I didn’t half fancy a bar of chocolate for lunch 😀 It was a beautiful day, I felt a lot better for the walk, I made some purchases for Craft Group and treated myself to a copy of Today’s Quilter and a bar of Cadbury’s finest 🙂
The free gift on the front of the magazine caught my eye: a set of templates designed for making Orange Peel blocks.
Of course, I had to have a go … And I was pleased with this first attempt at piecing an Orange Peel block – no wrinkles in the seams and smooth looking curves 🙂 There is a page in the magazine giving a few instructions, hints and tips as to how to use the templates. Yesterday I took the templates, my background fabric and some fabrics from my stash to the monthly sewing day at Brown Candover. Several happy hours were spent creating Orange Peel blocks in the gentle company of friends.
If you are curious about curved piecing here is a little photo tutorial of how I made the Orange Peel blocks along with some of the handy tips I picked up along the way.