Thursday, May 8, 2014

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Last January, as I sat nursing and rocking Felix for hours, days, weeks, months, I developed a new appreciation of smart phones.  With my one free hand, I visited my favorite quilting/sewing blogs dreaming of a time in the future when I would have time to sew again.  One quilt I kept seeing over and over again was the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt.  I had to make one.  Like right then right there.  So when I did manage to have two free hands, I dug through my scraps (and a few prints from my stash) and began cutting them into strips.
Have you made this?  The tutorial (found here) is rather clever but I did not find this quilt to be as quick as people claimed.  Though, admittedly I am a pretty slow sewist/quilter even on a good day.  Still, unpicking all those seams and sewing them together again was slow going.  Eventually, I just embraced it and found a little peace in the rhythm. 
I say this about most of the quilts I make, but I really love this quilt.  I love how you can throw a bunch of prints and colors together and they all work somehow.  Also, since most of the fabrics were scraps, it's a bit of a memory book of the many projects I have created over the years.

June also loves this quilt and has claimed it for herself.  She sleeps with it every night. I asked which colors she loved the most and, as predicted, she pointed to every pink print she could find. 
Fabrics: Mainly scraps.  Backing is the infamous Ikea Britten Nummer and some assorted prints from my stash (Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, misc)
Quilted: Running Stitch in horizontal rows (great description of this stitch found in Camille's post)
Started in Jaunary 2013 and completed in December 2013