Welcome! To the forty seventh Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. Bring along your project and share in some of the news, views and inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community :-). You are welcome to share links to your projects and add your insights to the quilty conversations via the comments box at the end of this blog post 🙂
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.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have time to bring along a project to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations doing the rounds in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do share your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
As usual I’ve been working on more than one project through this week! Over the weekend I intend to make one or two more of the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks. I now have five made 🙂 I timed myself making a block – it takes me 35 minutes from laying the strips out on my cutting mat to pressing the completed block and placing it on the design wall.
The blocks have proved the perfect project for the ‘set me up for the day’ creative time slot. It has been so encouraging to start most days with a half hour or so of sewing.
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! 😉