Saturday, March 2, 2013
I have been bitten by the Scrappy Trip Around the World bug! I first saw quilts made with this method on Bonnie Hunter's web site (tutorial here). Lately versions of this quilt are popping up all over quilt blog land.
Bonnie's tutorial has you sew six strips (2.5 inches wide by 16 inches long) together, pressing, sewing them into a tube, and cross-cutting the tube into six 2.5-inch cuts. Then you have to "unsew" a small seam in each crosscut section of the tube to get the above layout (look at the tutorial if I lost you; there's lots of pictures there to help you see the process).
I have a boatload of leftover 2.5-inch strips, cut the full width of fabric, and I didn't really want to cut the strips down to 16 inches, so I decided an experiment was in order. I did the sewing as in the tutorial, using the full 40 inches, then I sub cut twelve 2.5-inch cuts. If you can see the difference above, I used a different "dark" fabric as the middle diagonal, so that the two blocks would not be identical. I think that is going to work.
Don't worry, there will be lots of variety when I'm done. I'm including various greens in each block as I have a garden theme in mind. But there is no rush to get this project going (and I have others that need to be completed first). I will save this sewing for those days when not a lot of thinking is required.