Monday, September 1, 2014

25 Trips

I finally finished my last four Scrappy Trips blocks today. This brings the total to 25 of the 12" square blocks, which will make a comfortable 60" square lap quilt.

I started these blocks on a snowy day in February 2013, after seeing them here and there around the blogosphere. 19 months ago! It was the great quilt at Nifty Quilts that started me thinking. Her quilt is 96" square, or 64 blocks. I feel like I have been sewing and sewing and sewing, and I am relieved that I only wanted 25!

Remember that pile of off cuts from last time? I used 6 of them for the 25th block of the quilt:

I've learned more about my preferences while making this quilt. Repetitive machine sewing like this is not my thing. I'd rather have more challenge, or at least more variety, as I go along.

And although I love scrappy quilts, I've realized that I don't much like actual scraps. All of the strips for this quilt were cut from yardage in my stash.

There's only one fussy cut square in the whole quilt:

I just had to tweak it a little to get that seated figure to fit in the square.

The layout is the whole raison d'ĂȘtre for this quilt. I'll show that next time, when the blocks are joined. When I had it up on my temporary "design wall," it was clear that I'd have to put it together very carefully, without rotating any of the blocks, or the pattern would be lost. So, I labelled each block in the upper left corner, so I'd know which way is up:

I noticed that not all the blocks were as square as they should be. Let's hope it goes together well!


  1. Awesome blocks! You will have an amazing quilt.

  2. this will look great when all sewn together and quilted. I agree partly with you about repeative stitching, the one good point about it is it is so much quicker when all the same

  3. I love your organisation and eye. That one fussy cut is brilliant. I understand why you'd find the repetitive sewing tedious - I think I'd find the cutting even more so! It is going, however, to look amazing. I can't envisage it at all, but have no doubt it will reveal itself handsomely.

    1. Thanks, Jillian! Yes, it was fun how that one fussy cut guy worked out. For me, the cutting phase was still part of the designing, so it was still interesting. But once it's all planned, and all that's left is to sew it together, that's when it really became challenging!

  4. Looking great! I love scrappy quilts too but I agree, cutting lots of pieces from the scrap bin gets very old quickly.:)

  5. I'm sure it will go together very well. Love the look of the blocks you have shown us.

    1. Thank you, Katherine! I've been taking a break, but I hope to get back to them soon. The first two rows did go together ok, despite the variations. I don't know how flat the top will be, though!


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