Scrappy Trip Around the World -- in Red, White, & Blue

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My sewing room closet is still a mess but I've been making strides, really I have! Two shelves now have semi-neatly folded fabrics and I'm pretty happy about that. While pulling out fabrics to fold, I noticed that I have a lot of red and blue fabrics. This got me to thinking about a quilt I've been wanting to make, a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt. I think a red, white and blue scheme would work!

The first blocks I made brought me to the conclusion that just because it is a scrappy quilt doesn't mean there shouldn't be some planning involved. These blocks just don't work for me as the pathway is lost amidst the helter skelter of color.

The two blocks below feel better but still I'm not sure I will like how "planned" the quilt is going to feel. I'm going to make a few more and see how the design progresses.

 I'm sewing my strips in this order:
Dark Blue, Dark Red, White blue, Light blue, White red, Light red.

After sorting through red, white, and blue fabrics, I noticed that my stash is lacking in "light" and "white" (background) colors, so I auditioned some of fabrics to see if the backsides were candidates. I'm amazed that there are actually quite a few that look good from the back. Three "flip sides" made it in the blocks above. Can you tell I used the backside of the fabric? I can't!

If you are interested in a nice tutorial on making a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt, please check out Bonnie Hunter's blog. Her pattern is written using 2-1/2 inch cut strips but I have made mine at 2 inches and saved my hands and wrists by using my Accuquilt 2 inch strip cutter


  1. Nice job! I just finished one too!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Crystal! I checked your blog out and I love how you brought the scrappy look together with the red triangles. The blocks are a little addicting, aren't they!


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