Trip Around the World!
made using planned chains of color that form radiating diamonds
around each center square,
pattern is called "many trips around the world".
let's take the organized rounds of colors away,and free ourselves
while letting "anything go".
are just scrappy tripping!
You can still see the
diagonals that make diamonds, it just adds alot
more interest and fun to have it riotously scrappy :c)
Here is one made by Janice K
set in "Barn Raising"!
Made for a neighbor friend in 2005, it measures 100"X100"!
To make one 12" scrappy
trip block you will need:
(6) 2.5" X 16" rectangles
of varying contrasting colors including
lights and darks.
Don't worry about matching
or color coordinating, EVERYTHING GOES in
I like to lay my 6 strips
out side by side to figure where I want the
colors to fall. while you are doing this, realise that you dont want to
start the panel and end the panel with the same color. In this
instance, I am going to end up with the red on the far left touching
the yellow on the far right so I want those to contrast.
Place the strips right
sides together and stitch all 6 strips into a
panel WITHOUT PRESSING. It is easier to press after all the strips are
This picture shows how to
press the seams towards EVERY OTHER
strip. You need to press this way so that when you go to stitch
your chains together, the seams automatically oppose and butt up
against each other..this eliminates alot of bulk and pinning.
When your seams are pressed
as above, you will be folding the panel in
half as shown with right sides together:
Sew this seam the length of
the strips turning your panel into a "tube".
Now take your panel tube to
your cutting mat!
Square off one end of the
panel tube, and then cut the tube into (6)
2.5" sub sections.
When you pick these up, you
will see that you have 6 loops of squares.
Now the fun begins! Grab your seam ripper, you are going to need it!
Hint: seam rippers go dull
just like rotory blades do. If you are
having to fight with yours to cut thread, chances are it is time for a
When picking open these
seams, you dont have to pick EVERY stitch..I
pick about every 4th stitch...and very carefully open the seam....you
might have to pick closer if you use a very small stitch size..I like
to do my patchwork with my bernina set to about 2.5 stitch length.
Begin by removing one seam
as above...and opening the loop into a strip
Then you are simply going
to open up the next loop so that the square
that WAS at the top of the first strip, is now at the bottom of the
second strip. Each square is going to stair step UP. The third strip I
opened, was between the blue and the purple print so the purple became
the new top, and the blue was now at the bottom, and so forth:
Open all 6 loops and lay
them out in their proper position to the side
of your sewing machine. If you dont have alot of table top space where
you sew, I find a TV tray to be very handy!
Stitch the strips of
squares together in order with a 1/4" seam. Your
block should resemble this!
Here are 6 blocks laid on
the floor...I like to twist and turn them and
lay them out as I go:
you can see the patterns
start to show as the diagonals are twisted
around. Play with it and have some fun!
Here is another scrappy
trip quilt made with 10" blocks (5 strips per
block instead of 6)
I personally like the 12"
blocks better because the diagonal chains are
longer through the center of the block..gives more optical illusion!
Have fun taking a scrappy
trip through your scraps.
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!!
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