A couple trips around the world…

I got bit by the Scrappy Trip Along bug a few months ago after seeing all the amazing quilts and blocks on Instagram. It’s a fun take on a traditional quilt block (A Trip Around The World) and could be a great way to use up scraps (ha! yeah right! then what would be my excuse for buying new fabric??)

For the first quilt I started, I decided to use V and Co.’s ombre solids. I wanted it to be scrappy but without getting too cray cray. So the ombre was perfect! The colors changed for each square yet all the colors worked perfectly together.

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Although, after making 15 blocks it still wasn’t big enough and I was starting to get a little bored. So I decided to beef it up in a quick way! I made 4 blocks at double the size. Originally, I envisioned them creating an offset border but now I’m loving them in the center.

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That made it bigger in no time! But… I still need a few more small blocks to finish it up. Also can you spot the block that went wrong? (drinking and sewing doesn’t always work out)

So while that is sitting on the back burner for a second, I decided to start a new one! We had just got the beautiful Nordika fabric in the shop from Art Gallery. The rich colors and cute prints had me hooked! I knew the small, non directional prints would work perfectly so I picked my favorites and went from there.

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I added in another blender from AGF and two Mirror Ball Dots from Michael Miller. Then I just needed to decide the order for the strips. I decided to do the double size blocks and I wanted to keep the same order for each of the four blocks.

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Sewing them up was easy peasy. I went back and forth on making the the layout a hug or kiss (x or o) but liked the way the “hug” looked best.

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I love that the stripes flip for every other block!

Then just some quick petal quilting and binding (with a little assistance from Lauren and Lisa) and BAM! this cute quilt was done in no time!

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I love how it turned out! I’m almost considering making another one in the new Joel Dewberry Bungalow we just got in stock. The 4 big blocks make it the perfect size throw for the couch. (or even an oversized baby quilt for some tummy time)

We have a class starting next week to make the bigger version like my Nordika. It’s really a great block to jump into quilting with! Plus we’ll cover not just the piecing but basting, quilting and binding.

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