Friday, January 11, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along: A Top!

sizing it up on a twin bed


The day started off so cold. There was frost on the car windows when we headed out for school this morning. It was a freezing 35 degrees! I know some of you are shaking your head. What can I say? I'm a wimpy Californian. I couldn't wait to get back home. This is quilting weather!! : )

a closer look

Originally, I was planning on making a lap sized quilt (30 blocks) for the Scrappy Trip Along, but I was short three blocks. When I sat down to sew additional blocks, three turned into six when I wasn't looking. Bonnie Hunter's strip technique is that quick and easy. After recounting the finished blocks I had, I decided to make three more. Might as well, right? Now I have a twin size. Yay! Thirty five blocks sewn up in seven rows of five blocks.  Did you get all that? I know, it makes my head hurt too.

so many great fabrics all in one place

Now to quilt it. All of those squares make for a busy top. I'm thinking an all over pattern might be good. Something crinkly and cozy. Maybe loops, stipple or scribbles. Rita's lines are gorgeous, but I don't know if I have the arm muscles to keep them straight. This is one heavy top. It must be all of those seams.

backing and binding

Choosing a backing was hard. Nothing in my stash felt right and everything at the store seemed so busy and colorful. I felt like Goldilocks: too busy, too bright, too dark, too light! Finally, I saw this Ghastlie print from Alexander Henry and it was perfect. Kona in Jade was a no brainer for my binding. Surprised? I didn't think so. ; )

Daisy Dog

Daisy wants to take another walk. Maybe later pup. After Mama defrosts. Brr!


  1. I totally get it and almost blogged about scraping frost off my windshield yesterday too - cold is all relative and I do bite my tongue often knowing what others deal with. The twin is amazing and the backing, binding perfect!

  2. It is one of the most gorgeous scrappy trips around!

  3. Beautiful! I love the colors you chose to use.

  4. I have seen other bloggers that have been making the same quilt. It looks like a lot of fun and yours turned out really pretty.

  5. Very pretty Adrianne! And that Ghastlies print is one of my faves.

  6. It looks brilliant !!
    I too am having trouble deciding on a backing .

  7. I love all the bright colors. Great job!!!

  8. I love this one so much! I'm not a fan of too much scrappiness, and the restricted palette really appeals to me. Gorgeous!

  9. Absolutely beautiful quilt top!

  10. 35 degrees is cold girl!! I cut my strips today. Now I am trying to figure out what solid I want in the center of each one:)

    I like all your pinks and oranges in this one!

  11. Your quilt is so pretty!
    We're having a ridiculous amount of cold and snow here in Utah. I'm glad to be using all the pretty quilts I've made, but I am ready for this winter to be over.

  12. It looks great! I can't wait to finish mine, I only have four so far! Can I ask you a question about figuring out the blocks math? I'm also making a granny square with 12 inch blocks. I was thinking that if I made 20 with sashing and a border, it would fit a twin size. Is my math wrong, because I noticed you made 35 blocks? Of course that is no sashing or borders. Thanks for your help, I'm afraid my bed chart I used might have been wrong?

    1. It depends on how wide your sashing will be and also how far past the mattress you want the quilt to hang. I like to be generous for extra snuggles. I found this pin recently that show the measurements for average bed sizes. Super helpful!

  13. I am shaking my head ( it's -30C here!) but you probably handle heat far better than I do. I melt very easily!

    Your trip is great. Gorgeous, in fact. I've been trying to resist but every blog in my reader is spitting beautiful trips at me and I'm likely to cave before too long… I'm doomed. :-)

  14. Beautiful quilt! Taking inspiration from your backing fabric, how about doing a clamshell quilting design? You could freeform FMQ it using the patchwork squares as a spacing guide. Just a thought :)



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