Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Scrappy Trip Along, Of Course!

I don't like to make New Year's resolutions (besides my ongoing resolution to live fabulously!). I'm happy I wasn't tempted to let this new one sneak in this year: to finish one old project before starting a new one. Because if I had, I'd have broken it before 6:00am on January 1st. Because this is what I did ALL day on New Year's Day:

scrappy trip along squares

I've been eyeing the scrappy trip quilts on flickr for quite a while now and it seems that I'm not alone. I couldn't resist any longer! I woke up bright and early on New Year's Day, walked straight to the studio and started digging through my scrap bins.

I cut up every red, pink, orange, green and blue print that was large enough to cut 6 2.5" squares. In most cases, I had to cut from several pieces to get 6 squares. I really wanted to use my scraps! I still need to cut up my grey and brown scraps and then I'll move on to yardage.

Each block uses 6 fabrics and I don't want to duplicate those prints in any other block. That means this quilt will have 216 different fabrics! I've cut 156 different prints (936 squares) and have 60 left to go (360 squares).

scrappy trip along squares

I realize that cutting and sewing 1,296 squares will take much longer than the clever tutorial most people are using but I have my reasons for doing it the hard way:

1. I wanted to use scraps and most of my scraps are smaller than the required 2.5"x16".
2. I hate using the seam ripper.
3. After much practice, I'm getting really good at piecing squares together and I actually like it (she says before piecing 1,296 squares).
4. I don't mind spending more time with these gorgeous fabrics.

I'm so jealous of all the beautiful quilts and blocks showing up in the flickr group. I'm anxious to start piecing my own blocks but I want to finish cutting all my squares first. I have a four day weekend starting tomorrow and you know I'm going to be up at 6am cutting like mad...stay tuned for actual blocks soon!

5 comments:

  1. This'll be gorgeous when it's finished!

    I'm still resisting this one, though every time I see one that someone's working on, it wears away at my defences a little more.

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  2. This is going to looks SO AWESOME! But you have the BEST scraps ever, so how could it not look gorgeous! I can't believe all your different scraps! I'm rather jealous!

    How do you store your scraps? I used to store mine in gallon ziplock bags by color, but that was when I first started and didn't have much fabric or scraps. Now I pretty much dump them all in a huge bin. But that's not very organized and then I forget about them. Just curious how you store yours!

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  3. This is going to be so gorgeous! Look at all those yummy fabrics.... :)

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  4. You have pretty much replaced the liger as my favorite creature.

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  5. Another big plus with your method is having more variety in your blocks. I, too, jumped on the bandwagon and am enjoying my increasing stack of blocks. I realize though that my stash is a lot smaller than many others in blog land, and that's OK. What I have I love and use. Keep sewing!

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