I have made several of these blocks for Bees before using Bonnie Hunter's awesome tutorial. So way back here I decided it was about time I make my own Trip Around the World quilt. (and yes that is way back :) So I had some bee mates help out and got some blocks back, and then they sat, and sat, and then sat some more. And it wasn't until this month that I finally pulled out some scrappy red, black, and white strips and made enough blocks for a quilt top. And I had forgot just how much fun these blocks were to make. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to make more, because they really were a blast and went together super fast. And now, I can finally say, I have made a Trip Around the World quilt and I am just so thrilled!!!
I made this in Red, Black, and White because it will get donated to my Alma Mater at some point to help raise funds for student scholarships. Again, I am so glad my school colors are red, black, and white, because they are just so classic in a quilt!!! And I especially love seeing those colors in all of their scrappy goodness in this quilt. I don't even know how many prints are in it, but there are a lot!!! It just makes me so happy. And I kept the scrappy goodness going with the binding, using up lots of little bits and pieces of leftover binding from other quilts in beautiful red, black, and white :) So fun!!!
When it came time to quilt it, I just had to do simple arches. I just love they way the look in all over patchwork. They just let each little square pop and I love the secondary orange peel design it creates as well. I decided to change threads for the black, red, and white so that it helped to make the Several Small Trips design pop even more. It took a bit longer as it meant a lot more cutting threads to start and stop, but it was so worth it!!!
Isn't that so fun how the quilting just makes each square pop!!! I just love the way those arches frame each square. Almost gives it the feel of a puff quilt, without all the hassle of stuffing batting, tee hee hee. I am just so happy how it just really helped to add to the overall design of the quilt.
And I just had to share this fun backing I found. Our local Quilt Shop was having a clearance on some red and black prints, I am not even sure what line they are from. But I thought, how fun to do half and half for the back!!! I just love how the design changes scale across the print, and how the combination of the two fabrics with the scale created such a fun and unique backing. And I have just enough left of both prints for 1 more quilt back, so I am sure I will be doing this again sometime ;) It's just so fun and a perfect fit for the scrappy goodness that is this quilt!!!
And that is my Several Small Trips quilt!!!!! It measures 72" x 72" as each block finishes at 12" square so it will be just perfect for a stadium blanket for some SUU Alumnus. I am just so happy to have finished this quilt and couldn't be more thrilled with how it all came together. It was so much fun to make and I am already thinking I need to add it back to my list of quilts to do. It is just so classic and a fabulous scrap buster!!! If you have never made one, I would highly recommend you give it a try. The possibilities are endless and it is just so much fun ;)
And that's all for today!!! Thanks again for popping in and sharing this finish with me today :) You all are just the best!!
I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!