I’ve been busy, busy, busy with my pedal to the metal trying to get the samples for the upcoming sewing classes finished. My Janome CXL 301 has been a real trooper and is just steaming through whatever it gets given. I’ve decided to include this Trip Around The World Quilt top as one of the new patwork & quilting classes as it is a great starter quilt and there is a neat technique to help speed up sewing all those squares together.
In the past I’ve done quilts as 5 or 6 week evening classes, however, this ties up a lot of available class time for only a few people. This year I’ve decided to try teaching different techniques and designs as shorter classes and let people finish off their projects outside of class. If you are a complete beginner and not sure how to finish a quilt by quilting and binding, don’t worry, there will be an intensive quilt finishing workshop just for you!
So why have I named this quilt One Scoop or Two? Once I started sewing it together I couldn’t get the picture of an ice-cream counter with all the different coloured tubs of ice-cream out of my mind. We’ve got strawberry, raspberry, pistachio, mint, blackcurrant…you get the idea! I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone a bit with the fabric combinations for this but I really like how it has turned out. This is such a fun and cheery lap sized quilt that would be great over the back of a sofa; on hand to snuggle under watching the TV.
I started with the multi-coloured Art Gallery Succulence – Arboretum Inspirit print by Bonnie Christine and picked coordinating colours from there. I’ve used the following seven fabrics:
- Art Gallery Succulence – Arboretum Inspirit
- Art Gallery Succulence – Greenhouse Aglow (for the binding as well)
- Kona cotton solids – pink
- Cloud 9 Rain Walk Drizzle – pink (for the backing as well)
- Dashwood Studio Twist – mint
- Dashwood Studio Twist – pink sorbet
- Carolyn Friedlander Architextures – Crosshatch Ultra-marine
The quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt thread colour #2423 which I got in my goodie bag from last years Stitch Gathering in Edinburgh. It happens to be the perfect coordinating shade of pink with the Kona solid which was very fortuitous. I kept the quilting simple and did straight line quilting through alternate diagonal lines.
I am feeling quite smug about my thriftiness with this quilt. I literally had the merest scraps of selvedge left over after I pieced together any remaining squares to add to the width of the backing. I also pieced together three pieces of Hobbs 80/20 wadding left over from other projects. To do this I squared off the adjacent edges of wadding, butt them up against each other, and then sewed down the seam with the widest width zig-zag. It worked a treat and it felt so good to be able to tidy up some of those lingering scraps! A zero waste quilt 😉
The finished quilt measures 53″ x 53″.
This workshop will be suitable for competent beginners and will be a 6 hour class (most likely split as two 3 hour sessions). You’ll learn how to use a rotary cutter and quilting rulers, and strip piece fabric for speedy sewing.