Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Strip Pieced Trip Quilt ~ Work in Progress

A Scrap Quilt.
A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I am back in my comfort zone this week, doing what makes me happy - simple patchwork + pretty fabrics - and working my way through my fabric stash and even using up odd-sized scrap pieces from my scrap bin.

A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This quilt is an extension of my Single Irish Chain Quilt (the same, but different) and after some thought I worked out a way to make piecing this quilt less of a puzzle. I am always determined to find the easiest way to put together a quilt; to simplify the process and at the same to ensure that when it comes to sewing the quilt top together that all the seams nest. 

A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Maybe this is because I don't work with a design wall (there is just no wall space sufficiently close enough to my work space and I choose not to block a window and compromise good lighting for one). When needed I use the floor to lay out my pieces but I cannot have patchwork pieces laid out on the floor for extended periods of time as I don't have  my own sewing room. Laying a quilt out on the floor seems to draw interest and often coincides with a flurry of kids that need to pass by ... to the kitchen, upstairs, outside. It never fails. Mind you, I am not complaining. I do actually enjoy working where all the action is.

A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
50 Trip - Around the World - Blocks.
Strip Pieced with 2.5" wide strips.
Quilt top measures 58 inches x 70 inches.
All pieces - other than the triangle in a square units - are simple squares. 
Solid fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton -
including Kona White and Kona Pepper.

A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Strip Pieced Trip Quilts | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

And so this quilt was largely strip pieced in blocks. I'd say 80% of the piecing was complete prior to laying out the "blocks" on my design floor. Of course, the blocks that feature fussy cut fabric or patchwork elements were not strip pieced but these blocks were also pieced prior to laying out the blocks in anticipation of piecing the quilt top together.

Strip Pieced Trip Quilts | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I loved working on this project, the fabrics, the repetitive block piecing, and I love how it turned out! Next, I will prepare a basic tutorial to show you my process for piecing these blocks, sewing blocks together into a quilt top, and nesting all seams.

A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
A Strip Pieced Trip Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Single Irish Chain Quilt - October 2015
More RPQ Scrap Quilts

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27 comments:

  1. Wow, I love all the different fabrics! The pops of solid black are a great touch, the break up the pattern nicely.

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  2. I like those black stars. Something different and eye-catching.

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  3. I LOVE this!!!! This might be one of my favorites!!!!! How do you do the little black triangles? Their addition puts it over the top! One of your best!!!! ❤️

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  4. Holy cow! Those little black stars just pop. I cant wait to hear your technique. I think you work is so amazing.

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  5. Your quilts are always so fresh and inspiring! The star blocks are such a unique twist. Looking forward to your tutorial!

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  6. This is fantastic! I am glad to hear you are going to do a tutorial.

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  7. Can't wait to see the tutorial...thank you for your continual generosity in sharing! How did you piece the black triangular unit? Love the quilt!

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  8. Just gorgeous! And so happy to read those words that you will share how!

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  9. I think this is one of my favorites too!

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  10. Det vil være nydelig, fargerik. Arbeiderpartiet mye vil det ha å sette på. Hilsen.

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  11. I LOVE this! Can't wait for the tutorial. Count me in!

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  12. Love the addition of the triangles!

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  13. Charming in all aspects! I love the fussy-cut details that give an "I spy" feel to it. One could spent hours discovering every little treasure.

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  14. WOnderful - as usual!
    Ellie
    elliefpw@sbcglobal.net

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  15. Looking forward to the tutorial. I've been trying to decide on a design for a scrap quilt, and this might be it.

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  16. Wow...what a lot of work. Very bright and fresh looking. Nicely done. Hello from Canada

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  17. Me too, love the blank triangle stars

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  18. Just fabulous! I can't wait for the tutorial!!

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  19. Beautiful! Thank you, I learn so much from you.

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  20. Love all the colors and look forward to the tutorial showing your process. The triangle blocks really add just the right touch! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I just love all of your fussy cuts!!! And to think you do all of this in a shared space! You Rock!!!

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  22. This is just beautiful. Those triangles are the perfect detail.

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