Hello Everyone! Today is Minis and More Parade Day. Be sure to visit Michele and Sherri to see the rest of the parade. If you are looking for Block 2 of Save the Bees, scroll to the bottom of this post or go here to find Block 2. For the Block 2 giveaway, make sure you leave your comment on that post, not this one.
I had lots of fun playing with fabrics from my stash to make this Trip Around the World Mini. Samantha, from Aqua Paisley Studio, wrote this tutorial for making the mini using Bonnie Hunter’s tube technique. Her directions called for using fat quarters or fat eighths (21″ length). I really wanted to use the black and white fabrics from 10″ squares I had from Bonnie and Camille’s Handmade. The orange and white flower fabric is also a Bonnie and Camille from a 10″ square. So I had to do some rethinking and math.
To get started with the Trip Around the World, a set of strips need to be sewn together. After they are sewn together, the strip sets need to be recut into 32 – 1 1/2″ strips plus some additional 1 1/2″ squares. I determined that if I cut the 10″ square like the diagram above, I could get the strips sets I needed. This meant cutting the other fabric to the same lengths. too. So instead of having 4 strip sets, I had 6. Then, I cut the total amount needed, 32 strips.
So what’s the point of all this? If you want to use a fabric, but it’s not the same cut as the pattern calls for, spend a few minutes to see if you can use it anyway.
I quilted this just like Samantha did hers. Just a simple cross-hatch through the center of the squares. I used my walking foot and eyeballed it. No marking! The squares are only 1″ so not too hard to sew straight. I did use my open toe foot to make viewing easier.
I used this cream and black dot from my stash for the backing. I had half a yard of it so I had to piece it a little to make it fit.
All the fabrics are from my stash and the theme I was going for is “modern vintage Halloween”, vintage block with modern black, orange, and white fabric with the gray thrown in for Halloween.
It will look great on my table with Halloween decorations…
or fall decorations…
or everyday decorations!
This was a fun mini to work on and it was challenging for me to pull the fabrics and place them in a pleasing manner, but I love the final result. Thanks to Sherri and Michele for choosing this project because I may never have made a Trip Around the World quilt.
The mini for this upcoming month is going to be one of Sherri’s new patterns, Endless Summer Mini. You can find it in her shop here.
Why don’t you think about joining in this month?
Thanks for stopping by!