Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and a Scrappy Trip-along

Happy New Year everyone!  It is day one of a new year and I think it is going to be a fabulous one.  


My plans for a little quiet time away from the sewing machine over the Christmas to New Year period were thrown in disarray by the #scrappytripalong virus that spread rapidly on Instragram.  Started by Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics and Megan from Lucy and Norman this Trip Around the World is highly contagious and I am hoping you'll join in too!


This quilt is strip pieced using 6 strips (each strip measuring 2.5 inches x 16.5 inch) to make 12.5 inch blocks.  A very useful tutorial can be found here:



I have enjoyed using my fabric stash for this quilt top to make a very scrappy looking quilt top.  I tried not to over think the color/fabric choices and simply worked on each block individually rather with a focus on the overall color palette of the quilt top.  And it's true, anything goes!


I have pieced 36 blocks and my quilt top measures 72 inches x 72 inches (which I may come to regret when I start basting/quilting).  I am in my element when patchwork piecing and I have a feeling that the humble square will continue to make an appearance in 2013.


Feel like joining in?  Please do!

Useful Links:
Instagram - Hashtag #scrappytripalong

Happy 2013!
Rita

30 comments:

  1. Yours is gorgeous Rita! Must try this.

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  2. It is absolutely stunning! I've got a couple of JR's and the ready and am about to start my scrappytripalong too :)

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  3. Great way to use up strip scraps. Your quilt is so fun. Thanks for sharing the tutorial link. I saw one on another blog, but the resource wasn't listed. I kept staring at the screen trying to figure out her technique. Happy New Year!

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  4. Gorgeous quilt, I certainly will give this a go, great way to make a scrap quilt

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  5. Wow!! Love the bright colors!! My sew groups did them in Reds and blues with a white center ( just 2 mos ago) and I just love the variety - THanks for sharing yours!!

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  6. Lovely. I love the bright, cheerful colours.
    The tutorial shows how deceptively simple it is and made me realise that this would also make a great group project, with each person contributing a block ... as long as everyone can sew an even 1/4 inch seam.

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  7. Wowzer! I want everything you do! Happy New Year!

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  8. Gorgeous..as usual Rita. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing.

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  9. LOVE this colorful, scrappy quilt!

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  10. Gorgeous! And the pressure, the pressure! Bloggers! Instagram! Twitter! Ok, ok, fine! Yes - I'll make one too!!! Happy New Year!

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  11. I've been watching (with envy) via instagram...isolated at our beach shack! (A fair trade really!) The thing that I find astounding is how much everyone's blocks look like them. Your's is so Rita! Now that I'm back I'm wondering about how mine might look! Aren't we funny?

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  12. Ooooh! This is looking really good.

    Happy New Year, Rita!

    Sona

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  13. I already said it on Instagram: love, Love, LOVE it!!

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  14. I couldn't hold back any longer and started mine tonight. It is all coming from my scrap baskets so I have no idea how it will look, which will be half the fun :o) Loving the look of yours. hugs

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  15. The Humble Square ... did you know that the pyramids are built on a square and they are still standing. Love your squares and I think they will still be around for a long time too! Happy new year.

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  16. Who knew it was so easy! I've always been afraid to try such small squares, this tutorial makes it look so easy. I have pillows on my sofa that need covering and tons of scraps, might be my New Year's Day project. Love it!

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  17. You are so amazingly prolific ~ love everything you do make! Hope this year is as productive and creative! Happy 2013 Rita!

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  18. I love these colors. They are so much more vibrant than a lot of quilts you see in this pattern. Gorgeous!

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  19. I agree, gorgeous, vibrant quilt.

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  20. Thank you for sharing this quilt-a-long. I love the quilt and need to go start digging through my fabric!

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  21. Argh! No! Not another thing I want to make! Between knitting and quilting, I'll never get any work done!
    Happy New year to you. Hope it doesn't heat up back home too much.

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  22. I LOVE your version of the quilt; it only my scrap stash was as impressive.

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  23. My fingers are itching to start my own! Question is: can I get done the things I *have* to do so I can blow off the things I *ought* to do and get started cutting and sewing?

    Also: "virus" is totally the right word--have you ever seen an -along spread so quickly on IG before? Nuts--in the best way!

    Yours is gorgeous, as always. Can't wait to see what you'll sew in 2013--you always inspire me! Happy New Year!

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  24. You really do have a remarkable flair for putting fabrics together, along with an incredible stash! :)

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  25. Your is so pretty! You have a pattern to yours that I really like. It must be how you place the blocks and it has a border. I really like yours the best. Wish i had that kind of stash.

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  26. Oh I'm in! So fun to do these blocks. Your quilt is so fun!

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  27. amazing, my scrap stash sure wants to play along

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  28. Your quilt turned out just amazing! Been following your progress on Instagram :-)
    I've been searching for the liberty stars quilt on your webshop, but can't find it. Is it sold out? Hope to get the pattern :-)

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  29. Thank you for the shout out on my tutorial! Your quilt looks wonderfully bright and happily scrappy! Love it!

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