Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Day

For the most part Toronto has not seen the bad weather that most of the northeast has received this year. I often say that we have a protective bubble over us! Today, though, we caught it. It has been snowing and blowing all day, and we have had at least 30 cm (one foot) of snow at our house.

A good day to stay inside and sew! I know two other ladies from my guild who said the same thing to me this morning. I started a new quilt! I made two of these:


And two of these:


These are the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks that seem to have taken Blogland by storm (I have storms on the brain today). Bonnie Hunter posted this demo in 2005. Recently Hetty made a few blocks, which caught my eye. Then LeeAnn made her massive 96" square version, which really tempted me. I was holding the line, though, until I had a look at the Flickr group, which is at 1300+ photos and counting. I started to look for interesting settings and I was a goner.

Usually the line of contrast runs from corner to corner, but I saw one quilt sewn this way on the Flickr group. You can make some cute layouts with this block.


I love the way it looks like a collage of old newspapers! All the fabrics for this quilt are from my stash. I bought the text-based fabrics for another quilt (Collector, actually), and then changed my mind and decided to use just one fabric in the background there. Personally, I think this quilt is a way better use for them!

12 comments:

  1. I have been SO tempted to make Scrappy Trips, but have refrained from doing so up til now. Your blocks may have just tipped me over the edge. I particularly like your controlled color scheme so far. It seems we both have a taste for fabrics with text!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen. This is the whole plan - red and white. The plan is to go graphic and modern, so I thought, what could be more graphic than text?

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  2. I love the way the text works here, have not seen fabric like this but new to quilting so will have to keep my eye open.
    Best of luck with the snow, everything grinds to a halt here with a centimetre!!We are due some tomorrow but fortunately it will not be much
    will pop over and check out your links now.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. eQuilter gets the credit for those text fabrics. I did a search on "letters" or "words", and bought everything that fit my colour scheme. I love them!

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  3. I have seen a few of these blocks too. They look fantastic and I love yours too. The fabric looks brilliant in this block. Sharon who is on my first side bar did one on her blog a while back too.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine. I think they are so popular because there are so many different ways you can go with them. I will look for Sharon's (Shez?) too.

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  4. these are awesome blocks that you made with the fabric! E quilter really does a giant variety of fabrics that is for sure.

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  5. It is a really inspired use of he text-based prints. It's hard to imagine a better use. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I've been getting good mileage from my stash recently. Now that it's all washed!

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  6. I've always been bothered by Bonnie's quilt because it is too much of a hodge-podge for me, but I love the way you're putting these blocks together. Not *completely* planned and definitely scrappy looking, but still, there *is* a plan. I like this one!

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    1. Thanks very much, Susan. Trust me, it's very difficult for me to do anything *without* a plan, lol!

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