About two years ago, my Instagram feed exploded with quilters making scrappy trip around the world quilts. Seriously, I think every quilter on the planet was making them. And honestly, I wanted to make one too. This was the first time I ever felt the need to jump on a quilting bandwagon, and the need was strong. It’s a cool quilt and is really easy to put together. Why did it take me almost two years to finish it? Well, it’s a “scrappy” quilt so I had to wait until I had enough scraps to make it! I’m so glad I took my time with this one and I am super glad that I used all scraps from previous projects. I can look at the fabric in every block and remember the original project, kind of like a memory quilt.
This is the largest quilt I’ve made and it’s the first one I’ve made since I started quilting that I’m keeping for myself. I love it and I love looking at it and thinking about all that I’ve made and all that I’ve learned since I started quilting.
The quilting is a simple straight line grid which I did on every other row. The quilting was a beast! There was too much quilt to wrestle with in my sewing room so I ended up putting my kitchen table in the middle of my living room and quilting it there.
The back is random bird fabric that I got from IKEA a few years ago and never used. It fit the entire quilt perfectly, with no cutting or weird geometry needed. Have I mentioned how much I love using IKEA fabric for the backs of my quilt?
I am so in love with this quilt! I almost – not really! – wish the weather would stay cool so I could use it. But summer in New England can be super short (unfortunately), so I’m sure I’ll be using the quilt daily soon enough.
My next multi-year scrappy quilt is now in progress :-)