ScrappyTripAroundTheWorld: Design Wall Update

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Any clue why this block is called Scrappy? I didn’t use scraps. I had to cut fresh 2 1/2″ strips from stash. I guess because it “looks” scrappy.

Anyhoo, I have been accumulating blocks since I first showed them to you up on my design wall the beginning of February. (On the bottom left)

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I had been making them on and off in between my other projects. After finishing the Crossroads to Jericho quilt top, my attention turned to Scrappy Trip Around The World (STATW).

When I first started making these blocks, the process seemed easy enough. Cut the strips, sew them together, press, sew one side to create a tube, trim the top for a clean straight edge, cut into six 2 1/2″ sections. Whew!! I am tired just typing that.


Cut and sew together six strips. 2 1/2″ by 15″

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Press with seams in opposite directions.

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Sew one side to form the tube.

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Cut tube into six sections of 2 1/2″ each.

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But wait!! Not finished. Next comes the fun part. Getting out the thread ripper and removing the seams you just sewed. Yep, you have to “undo” the seams to create those pretty columns. I prepared a few at a time so they would be ready to sew back together when the urge hit me. Pinning to match up the seams was sooo time consuming but I preferred it instead of ending up with unabutted (is that a word, 😀 ) seams.


Ripping out seams to form strips.

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The first time I did this, I was so confused and ripped out the wrong seams. It was a head-scratcher. Until I figured out the trick. The trick is this. Whatever fabric is on the BOTTOM is the fabric you rip the seam for next. It is like you are going bottom to top.

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Ripping done. All six strips lined up with the burgundy fabric going diagonally down the center.

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Each seam pinned before sewing columns together.

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And done… perfectly abutted.

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I pressed the blocks so I could see them all nice and flat up on my design wall.

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Not happy with the “pink” sections. They stand out too much. Thinking about pulling them and making a little quilt with just them. Right now the blocks measure 76″ by 76″. Six across and six down.

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One thing… I am so glad I decided to used a burgundy color for the centers. Easier to see the diamond pattern.

BTW, in case you are wondering… I am happily bonding with my new sewing machine. Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP.

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It seems to sew quieter and is much faster than my old one. I had to dial the speed down. Couple things I have to get used to. The Up and Down Needle Setting won’t stay engaged. I am constantly pressing one or the other. My old Janome had a selection on the screen and when I selected it, that setting overrode the button I pressed on the machine. Does that make sense? So.. not happy with that and also it is awkward having to reach all the way to the back of the machine to lift up the Foot Lifter. My old one was on the side. Closer to me. Oh well.

But so far, those are two things I am adjusting too. Still reading. Still learning. The main reason I got it was for quilting. (Well, actually hubby “got” it. He paid for it. He was tired of me complaining I did not have enough quilting space. 😀 What a guy!!) It has three separate quilting feet. Loving that. Going to try them out today or tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

Have you jumped on the STATW bandwagon? How many blocks did you make? Do tell…

Go here if you would like to make your own STATW.

6 comments on “ScrappyTripAroundTheWorld: Design Wall Update

  1. Lennette says:

    Oh my gosh Donna…I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your STATW!!!! I just made a regular Trip Around the World for my mom for her birthday, but it’s nowhere near as gorgeous as yours!!!! I’m going to have to make one like yours because it’s so gorgeous!! That was nice of your hubby to buy you a new machine! I have 3 large tops that I have to send out to be quilted because they’re too big for me to do on my machine, and my hubby asked me the other day if I had thought about buying a long arm. Ummm…YES! Every day of my quilting life! LOL He told me I should check in to finding a used one 🙂

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks so much, Lennette. I have a ton of ideas on how to make this block but just not enough time in the day. There are many other patterns/designs I want to try. Do you find that to be true? My To Make List is a mile long. Will I ever catch up. When you learned to quilt, did you “like” everything you saw and wanted to make it?

      Me, too, on the longarm. I am thinking 10-15 years from now. 😀 You should do as hubby suggested and find a good used one. Will it fit in your Happy Room?

  2. Deb says:

    Off topic, but I saw this on Etsy today and imediately thought of all the triangles you beaded ages ago!

    At first I thought the necklace part was brick stitch til I read the description- crochet! I can’t even crochet a scarf! hehe

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Deb, wow, that necklace is so beautiful!! It looks like something I would make. Amazing work. Thanks for sending the link.

  3. Crystal says:

    What a sweet and thoughtful hubby! 😀
    Your new machine looks great.
    I hear you on adjusting, though. I hate to say it, but the older I get – the less I like change. These days, it seems that the newer model of anything we need to replace is harder to get used to . . .
    But we’re still kids, right? RIGHT???? LOL

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Crystal, yep, we will always be kids. Me, a kid from the 50’s. I don’t much like change either. Some, but not a whole lot. I am still learning my new machine. Practiced today with the open-toed quilting foot. Lots to still figure out. Thanks for coming to visit. 😀

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