Monday, March 4, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World | A Finish!




My scrappy trip around the world is a finished top! I LOVE this quilt. I had so much fun sewing the blocks together the other night. At first I was just going to sew a couple of rows, but you know how that goes...it really wasn't taking that long so I decided to finish it up!




Here are blocks 29 - 32...the group above is one of my favorite sets.


And here are blocks 33-36!


The finished top takes up most of the sewing room floor! It measures 72 1/2'' x 72 1/2'' right now.




As I was setting the blocks and rows together I had fun looking at each and every fabric. Some of these fabrics have already been included in cherished quilts, some will shortly be used in projects, and others are ones that I've been afraid to cut into until now!

Now I have to decide what to use for backing. I don't think I have anything on hand, so I want to buy the perfect fabric. I'm also still thinking about quilting this myself. If I do, it will be the biggest quilt I've quilted on my own, so I'm not sure. But this is definitely going to be one of those "wash for the crinkly look" and "use it all the time" quilts, so it will be okay if the quilting isn't perfect!

The tutorial I used for this quilt can be found here:

Thanks so much for following along on the journey of this quilt! Have a wonderful day!

53 comments:

Lesley said...

Your quilt is like a breath of fresh air! Loved seeing your journey and will look forward to seeing it quilted and ready to be enjoyed! Thanks for sharing!

Kath said...

Stunning Sherri. I love the colours and the way you have made it. I cant wait to get back to mine. I think I have about 20 blocks so far. A way to go yet...

Tessa said...

Love it!!!!

betweens said...

I think this is going to be on my list for one of my retreats! I love this quilt and have lots of scrap that I am trying to use up...3 quilts so far out of the scraps started, this way I can procrastinate on cutting my other fabrics.
It looks absolutely fabulous!

Fran said...

It's lovely!

Kate said...

Love, love, love it! I'm having trouble deciding on a backing too...

Fiesta said...

Sherri it is beautiful. I made a Christmas one and I so want to make another but I mostly appliqué and rarely have strips

Fran Kingston Dill said...

It is so fun and colorful. I just finished my scrappy trip and already thinking of making another one.

Fran Kingston Dill said...

It is so fun and colorful. I just finished my scrappy trip and already thinking of making another one.

Donna said...

Very pretty.

Nedra said...

I'm almost done putting mine together, too! Love your colors more :) and I'm thinking of quilting it myself, too, and will wait and watch how you do yours.

Siobhán said...

Sherri, it's beautiful! You must be so excited to have it done. It's so bright and fresh--very happy looking. :)

Wanda said...

Your quilt is just lovely. I noticed that you have white(?) in the blocks and that it ends up making a great sashing. How did you manage to make sure the white would be in the right place? I've been wanting to make one of these quilts and I really like the way the white works to separate the blocks. Thanks.

gailss said...

What a very nice "happy" quilt and can see where you would want to use all the time. Great colors.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

A beautiful trip for you and us! Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

It is beautiful Sherri!! Congratulations on finishing a big project!! :) Can't wait to see what you find for your backing.

Needled Mom said...

It looks beautiful and I love the colors!!!

Cindy said...

Such a pretty quilt! That's the kind of quilt I enjoy hand quilting. Very easy cross hatching. Do you ever hand qui9lt?

Maja said...

This will be a really fine quilt when it´s finished!
Good Luck with the quilting!

Lisa D. said...

It's so beautiful! I love how it turned out.

Tracey Holzer said...

Gorgeous!

Tracey Holzer said...

And honestly, you've never seen a barn in your life? How bout a tractor or a combine? We live on a farm and barns are a part of life up here...but they have now gone from wood to steal and not so pretty! Take care!

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

This looks fabulous!

Ramona said...

Just like the old days when quilts were made out of old shirts and dresses and were filled with memories. It turned out great. Have fun shopping for the backing.

Donna said...

To keep with the "old" scrappy look you can get away with using unbleached muslin for backing. Congratulations of a great quilt.

Annette said...

Your quilt truly is awesome. It has that come and snuggle up with me feeling to it. Love it!

Darlene said...

It's delightful, Sherri. I love it! I can tell you had fun making this one. :-)

Deb said...

can you tell your audience how/if you dealt with the plethora of pressing seams/issues with this quilt?? YIKES~~~ i'm so frustrated~ like a bad nightmare~ it's almost taking the fun outta making the quilt. did you throw caution to the wind and "just go for it"? or, were you methodical and able to nest/butt your seams together? short of pressing every seam open, were you able to figure out a clear-cut process? there heve been SO many STATW quilts made/being made, and NO ONE has addressed or mentioned the pressing issue. is it just ME?? your quilt is lovely by the way! i love that you placed the white in the center of each block~ gives your quilt such a clean-fresh-cottage-y look! SO pretty!!! thanks for any help you could throw my way~~

Little Lady Patchwork said...

It is the perfect wash and use for all time quilt!
Stefanie

Satu said...

Sherri, your scrappy trip around... quilt is PERFECT. So fresh, fabulous, gorgeous, awesome... and so... Oh, I JUST LOVE IT!!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Well Done it is fantastic!!

mindingmomma said...

Definately one to be loved.

Nanna said...

congrats on your finish top! I can't wait to have time to sit back down with mine, I actually miss my sewing room! lol!
Helen

Michelle Jensen said...

SO SO cute!! How nice does that look all sewn up together. I really like the scrappy look to it and the colors I bet are super fun to pick out which projects they are from or will be from. Great Quilt to share.

Bari Jo said...

I love the scrappyness of this quilt! You always inspire me!!!! It is so pretty - can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Shel @ Crafty But Not Creative said...

Great job! It looks wonderful, and I love the few bits of dark fabric...they provide a lovely contrast. The awesome thing about a scrappy quilt is that you can use pretty much anything on the back, and the color will match.

To address Deb who commented above asking about pressing seams, I made a STATW quilt recently, and after I followed the pressing instructions for the strips, the blocks themselves lined up perfectly. However...when it came time to sew the blocks into rows/a top, it wasn't so easy. I really didn't want to re-press an entire quilt worth of blocks (nor did I want to press everything open),so I just laid out my blocks how I wanted them, then when sewing blocks into rows, I pinned my seams, making sure the seams on the bottom block(the one touching my machine bed) were going away from my machine, and the ones on the top block were going towards my machine. It made everything line up and nest properly. There were quite a few "twisted" seams, and a good deal of pinning, but I didn't find it hard to quilt through at all, and in the finished quilt, it is not noticeable.

Stephanie said...

Scrap-tacular!

Michele said...

Beautiful Sherri! I'm sure you will do an amazing job on the quilting :-)

Patricia said...

Exquisite Sherri just exquisite.
Love
P xxx

Helen L said...

I love this quilt!! It has a wonderfully warm and "sunggle under me now" look!! I was wondering, what direction did you press the seams: there are so many, was there a method that you found worked best to reduce bulk? Thanks!! H in Healdsburg

jennyg said...

Oh quilt it yourself do an all over loopy lines and to break it up pop in a heart or a leaf or a star or all of them.

Kerry said...

Lovely feel to your quilt. Delicious. Kerry in sydney

Polly said...

I love it, Sherri!

Thimbleanna said...

It turned out great Sherri! Congratulations!!!

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

I love the quilt also. One of these days I am going to make one. I did print off the pattern.

Anita said...

Love, love, love it! Perfect color combos :)

Jocelyn said...

How beautiful! I love the white sashing & larger squares set between the blocks. It creates a great design & gives the eye a place to rest.

Carrie P. said...

Love it.

Millie said...

Love your top, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the tutorail too.

Prima Donna said...

Your quilt blocks are beautiful! I am making this quilt for my granddaughter's high school graduation. It's scrappy with lots of reds (her favorite). She also loves monkeys. I bought the backing first...sock monkeys printed on a red background! Won't she be surprised?

Patti said...

You can do it!!!!!!
I am no where near as accomplished a quilter as you are and Quilted mine on my own using only my little singer sewing machine ( I did mine the same size as you) and it all went great! The only sad part is I gave mine away as a bridal shower gift,,,what's fun is now I haveanotherexcuse to make another!
Go ahead youcando it!!!
Your quilt is beautiful by the way... I love how you used white as the diagonal marker in your quilt ...I may consider that as it lends such a fun and fresh look !

Dawn said...

Great job! It's one of the lovelier ones I've seen. Can't wait to see what you pick for the back.

Mama Pea said...

It's pretty stinking awesome! I love how even scrappy you can still see the trip around the world design. Well done!

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