I’m not sure that I’ve ever loved one of my quilts more. This is my color this year. Can’t say I’ve ever loved the color gold before, but gosh right now, all the quilts want to be gold. The only reason some of them are not is because I’m forcing myself to chill out. Gimme all your gold fabrics!
Let’s talk/gush about Trippy Quilt!
My Quilt Patterns
This is my third version of this quilt pattern. Find my first one here, my second one here and you can see the quilt top in progress for the gold one here. This quilt pattern is one of the three quilt patterns included in Scrappy Pattern Pack set to release late this month.
This quilt is most definitely my favorite of the three patterns. I talked a lot about it in the in progress post, but it’s a Trip Around the World pattern, a traditional pattern, well known, and can be found in a dozen places online for free. I know this! But I received so many requests for a version of my own after I made my first Trippy quilt. It’s different than others like it as it’s very random (which gives it a more modern feel) and has less fabric waste, which was an issue the first time I made it that had me a bit irritated. I’ve cleaned it up quite a bit. Most importantly it includes a video tutorial that would have been extremely helpful to me the first time I ever gave one of these blocks a shot.
I’ve named the pattern Trippy, so I can quit saying the whole TATW, plus looking at it feels a bit trippy, amiright? It’s interesting how it looks like nothing up close, but then you stand back and it gets beautiful all of a sudden.
Traditional Trip Around the World quilts use a tube method for making them, Trippy is no different. This tube method gave me a fuss the first time I tried it, especially since there was no video to actually see, but once you finally understand the method, you get this big ahhhhh moment and your rhythm comes and there’s no more thinking to do except for which fabrics look best together.
I will tell you that you will be besties throughout this process with your seam ripper. The seam ripper is actually part of the tube method. So you’ll need a good one and no, I’m not talking about the one that came with your machine. I found the Snip-a-Stitch scissors to be a godsend (if you get one, use my coupon: SOUTHERNCHARM7, and save $7 on any purchase over $25). I’ve got a video tutorial on these snips here.
Diagonal Seam Tape is a perfect solution for sewing straight diagonal seams without having to mark any lines! The special washi tape is strong, thin, and removes cleanly after sewing projects. Simply place the tape in front of the feed dogs with the red line in front of the needle as the stitch line. The black lines on either side of the center line represent a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance and are a great resource to use when making half square triangles, or learning to keep a perfect 1/4″. Each roll is 10 yards.
Melanie’s Tip: I wrote a blog post with video tutorial about this product here.
Trippy pattern comes with three different layout options, but there’s way more options than that. I keep choosing the same one over and over! I just like it the most, but I was interested to see what my pattern testers would choose.
Left to Right and Top to Bottom
- 1 – Made by Laura of 1LousyPetnia – Laura used one of the alternate layout options, having all the squares flow in one direction.
- 2 – Made by Erica of SkynMe2 – Erica’s version is the same layout as my own, but she used many colors.
- 3 – Made by Anna of @AtxSewCani – Anna used an off center diamond layout, and she also only used a handful of colors, but in varying shades.
- 4 – Made by Janet of BestJLB – Janet chose to also do a different layout. Her quilt shows how all the blocks look in a very random order.
- 5 – Made by Merrilee of @DriftedinDrive – Merrilee used a very limited amount of fabrics and she also put the fabrics in her blocks in the same order each time. The result makes the quilt look very well ordered. I also really love that she’s in the pic with her quilt. 🙂
- 6 – Made by Beverly of BJP657MT – Beverly chose to use less fabric options in her quilt and the result is more uniform. She also put more thought into the position of her fabric to achieve a different look.
- 7 – Made by Paulette of @Scraps125 – Paulette did the same layout as well. She used a lot of lighter colors which I think really shows how versatile the quilt can look.
- 8 – Made by Nicole of @NicoleGendy – Nicole used lots of tiny prints in her version. It think her quilt has a very vintage look because of that.
Tips for Trippy
From me – Don’t get discouraged by one or two blocks that you dislike. Get all your blocks on the wall and take a step back. You’ll appreciate the quilt more. Also, Trippy is an excellent place to hide ugly fabrics. I used many uglies in mine. I bet you can’t find them!
From Erica – Be wary and check your jelly roll if you are using one. They are not always perfect. If you use several that are “off” a little, it can really make a difference given how many seams are in this block.
When cutting sets into units, make cuts starting at both selvedges and avoid cutting in the middle.
Laura – If using fat quarters, count (2) 21″ strips as one. I found it easier to use 21″ instead of 42″.
Pins are your friends!
- 10 pieces
- Fat quarters or half yards
Pattern – Trippy
Size – 60×60″
Blocks – 25 blocks
Top Fabrics – All fabrics came from scraps
Binding – Illusion in Pink
Thread – So Fine by Superior in Blizzard for piecing
Patchwork + Quilt (a class for learning to quilt)
- Made especially for brand new quilters
- Comes with two quilt patterns: The Good Girl quilt and The Evening Walk quilt (the latter is exclusive to this class)
- You will learn: About sewing machines, how to work a sewing machine, a list of basic supplies, quilters terminology, all basic quilting skills, how to read a quilt pattern, how to make each of the blocks in the sampler quilt, how to cut backing and batting fabric, how to wall baste your quilt, how to meander quilt and how to machine bind a quilt
- Sampler blocks will include skills such as: half square triangles, square in a square blocks, hourglass blocks, flying geese, snowball blocks, log cabins, half rectangle triangles and turning blocks on point.
- There are 24 lessons in this class
- 3 hours worth of video tutorials including video tutorials for every step of the way for the Evening Walk quilt
- Class is set up to come to you by email. Once you purchase, you’ll receive a downloadable PDF where you will click and sign yourself up to the email subscription. Be sure to double opt in to get the classes started (check your spam folder if you don’t receive anything immediately).
- An email will arrive to you every few days on a set schedule, but you can also go at your own pace
I did things a bit differently this time around. I’ve talked about this on Instagram a bit, but I tried some stenciling with my quilting and pretty much failed. Not with the actual doing, but with the being able to see the hard work I put into the stenciling. I made several lovely feathers, but my meander was too loose, so they didn’t show up. I plan on trying again very soon and focusing on the sunshine and shadows (which I’ll tell you more about soon). I also hand stitched my binding and I didnt even complain about it. Picture me jumping up and down clapping. Hand stitched binding is a rarity over here.
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Thanks for reading along. Have a good weekend!