Monday, July 26, 2010

A Trip Around the World

I am working on a mini-quilt made for my secret partner in my first ever Doll Quilt Swap:  The Down Under Doll Quilt Swap.


As a regular reader of my partner's blog I know she loves all things bright and colorful.  My partner's sewing skills are an inspiration, and it was not without trepidation that I set out making this doll quilt.



I was indecisive about the quilt design, changed plans several times, and then decided to stick with a striking "Trip Around the World" block pieced with 2 inch squares, using some of my favorite fabrics.

I really enjoy this kind of piecing; simple and repetitive but also effective and eye-catching, involving lots of fabric play.  Each one of the 289 pieces (cut as 2 inch squares)  were laid out on my design floor and then chain pieced in rows, carefully picking up the pieces of each row ensuring not to mess up the design.

Next up: quilting. 

RELEVANT LINKS:
A Trip Around the World Finished Doll Quilt
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36 comments:

  1. wow! The colors and design are fabulous! What a lucky person to receive that in the swap!!

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  2. That is really beautiful! I love your choice of fabrics and the play of light and dark..... sometimes a simple old quilt pattern is really effective done small, and with gorgeous fabrics!

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  3. i love this; it's very striking. i'm trying to figure out how to strip piece this, but i just don't know if it's possible! i was hoping you would have some trick up your sleeve.

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  4. This is beautiful! We have a large trip around the world quilt that my grandmother's cousin made in the 40s. This quilt pattern will always be dear to my heart!

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  5. this is beautiful! I love the bright colors

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  6. this is really stunning ... lucky swapper !!

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  7. it's so cute! I love those fabrics. :)

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  8. LOVELY! :) You're going to have a super pleased partner... It's just stunning!

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  9. Rita, this is stunning (she said with her fingers tightly crossed)
    :-)

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  10. Yay! That's really pretty. Lucky partner.

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  11. What a lucky partner. It is very beautiful. Your workmanship is amazing!

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  12. beautiful...your partner will defiantly not be dissappointed, although she may be envied.

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  13. Rita, YOU CANNOT (in best John McEnroe voice) BE SERIOUS! Pah to quilty trepidation! I’d pay to be your swap partner (right before lapsing into my own terrorised quilty trepidation)...

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  14. Rita please...you're really making me nervous...this is magnificent! I hope mine will be good enough;) x Tam

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  15. Holy wow this is just stunning! ANYONE would be thrilled to receive this!

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  16. Lucky partner to receive this blog.

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  17. Another winner! What a lucky partner who will receive such a gem. Great pattern and love your colour combos.

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  18. Please post how you quilted this one... I just finished a bargello/around the world quilt top myself... I'm kinda stuck on the quilting. I have an idea, but it's kinda tedious.

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  19. Um...you....nervous....get outta here!:) That's so cool that we are both doing the DQS9...wish I was your partner!;) I mean how lucky is someone going to be getting a Red Pepper Quilt?!!:)

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  20. Bright and Beautiful, I love it!

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  21. just gorgeous! What a fantastic way to showcase FMF fabric :)

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  22. This is so incredible. I love the fabrics so much. Trip around the world is one of my favorite quilts to make. I am in love with this.

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  23. Gorgeous! I got excited thinking you were doing the DQS9 but it looks like it is a different doll quilt swap for just you gals in Australia. I am sure your partner will just love this beautiful, bright quilt.

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  25. Wonderful dolly quilt Rita!
    I did the same size squares for a 20" pillow cover for a swap. I did random pattern, but this would be great for the next one! You inspire!

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  26. Another beautiful quilt Rita! AND a very lucky recipient! Think I need to make one of those!

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  27. very pretty! your partner is going to fall in love with this!

    randi

    http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/

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  28. I've always been enchanted by this pattern. I love seeing your modern fabrics in it. Stunning!

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  29. I have just realised the quilt has rounded edges. What a great finish!

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  30. Love it. You've got a lot of my favourite fabrics in there too.

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  31. What a perfect trip around the world! How on earth did you keep your rows lined up so perfectly? This pattern has always been one of the ones I am afraid of....all those little intersections. I love yours!

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