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July 25, 2020
A Trip Around The World from Wedding Dress Blue

For some time now I have contemplated making a Trip Around the World (scrappy, of course) out of solids.  There have been some beautiful ones out there as inspiration and today (Friday) was the day.


I hauled out the solids bin and got the little pieces.  Ta-dah!  The first block.

You will notice that it is not strip pieced.  There are some scraps that will only give a single square, and I want to be able to use those also.  It might take a bit longer on the front end, but the results should be worth it.

It is based ...

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May 14, 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

When I say things are slowly returning to "normal" I mean super slowly ... like snail paced ... but I am good with it. I am embracing slow and as well as being keen to learn new techniques. This quilt is entirely hand pieced. Hand pieced as in - - - - - running stitch with needle, thimble, and thread.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

It turns out that I can do slow, I can hand piece and sew secure seams; the quilt top did not fall apart when I picked it up, nor when I pressed the seams! In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed hand piecing the quilt top ...

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April 18, 2020
First finish for April 2020 from Exuberant Color

I wrestled the Kaffe fabric Trip Around the World quilt up on my double design wall.  It finished at 77.5" x 96.5".
The backing fabric is a Kaffe wide backing.  It is a really soft sateen.

18 of the fabrics are Kaffe's designs, one is a Brandon Mably print (red stripe) and one is a Martha Negley (red cherries).

This view shows how much of the double design wall (96" x 84") is covered by the quilt.

I decided to pick the Jonquils because we are supposed to get 3" of snow from early morning through 10 ...

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April 16, 2020
Snow?.....and sewing progress........... from Exuberant Color

This is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  Chicago records say it is the largest snowfall on any April 15th.  Last year we had snow on April 14th.  And to top that we are expecting even more snow Thursday night into Friday morning.
This is pretty typical that we get some snow after the forsythia leaves have started to grow.

The Hostas are peeking up through the snow.

I knew I should have picked the Jonquils Tuesday afternoon.

These 3 squirrels quickly cleared the snow under the bird feeders because I had dumped extra birdseed there the night before ...

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April 15, 2020
Back at it................. from Exuberant Color

I finally got this TAW quilted.  It took a few hours to do and I had a problem in one area of it.  All is well now.  It is off the frame and trimmed.

This one if for my bed so it got a big loose meander.  I haven't chosen a binding yet, that will be done today.

Last night was my 3 hour TV night so I designed the sixth Spring Star and got the rows sewn in one direction.  I have several things to press today so I'll get the last seams sewn after pressing.

I ...

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April 13, 2020
What's Holding YOU Back? from Appalachian Quilts

I was concerned this morning when I saw all the social media posts with pictures of family gatherings for Easter.  My heart ached to be with my family, but we just couldn't do it.  There are so many of us that have compromised immunity, we have no choice but to follow the rules.  I get it.  Some of us have been 'quarantined' for a month.  We are getting antsy.  We want our world to go back to the way it was....but it won't.  Nothing will be the same.  This will have been a game changer.  Sure, we ...

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February 7, 2020
Sewing and sorting......... from Exuberant Color

I sewed the last 2 stratas for my Kaffe fabric Trip Around the World quilt while the sun was shining.  We  had such a gray January that it is wonderful to see the sun again.

I did more basting on the quilt I showed yesterday and am 3/4 done with the basting now. 

Last night I sorted triangles.  I am cutting them 10 layers at a time so there are 5 fabrics, 2 layers of each.
Here they are all sorted ready to go into the box.  As soon as my light fixture is working again I'll start ...

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January 30, 2020
Finish # 3 for January 2020............. from Exuberant Color

The 30s reproduction fabric Trip Around the World quilt is finished.  The top was finished in April 2017, almost 3 years ago.  At this point it is about 69" x 92".

The backing is a reproduction fabric too.

There are 24 different fabrics in it, 4 fabrics each of 6 different colors.  It was traditional in the original 1930s fabric TAW quilts to have one solid paired with a few prints in the same color.

Here is the view preparing for photos.  Then I rotate the photos.  The design wall is 84" tall so a 92" quilt would have to ...

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January 26, 2020
Next in line to be finished......... from Exuberant Color

This is the quilt that I chose to finish next.  It is 70" x 94".  I got the backing fabric pressed and seamed yesterday morning and loaded it on the longarm.

I didn't get to the quilting until 6 p.m.  I planned on a small meander but ended up with closer to a medium size meander.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and So Fine thread on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin.

I was hoping I would find a piece of lavender 30s reproduction fabric in my stash but the only piece I found was too dark ...

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January 11, 2020
Fixing a mistake......... from Exuberant Color

When I started cutting strips for my last Kaffe Fassett Trip Around the World quilt I cut the strips from the first 8 fabrics at 2.5" instead of 3".  I didn't catch my mistake until I sewed those strips together for all 5 stratas.  I let them lay on a shelf for over a year until this week.  I pulled out my Kaffe 2.5" strip box and looked for options for the rest of the fabrics for the quilt.
I ended up pulling yardage to cut the right number of strips.

The 8 strips at the left ...

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September 29, 2019
No Passport Required (Part 2) from TheEclecticAbuela

In my previous post, I outlined the steps I took in preparing to make this Trip Around the World quilt.

No Passport Required 112" x 122"

After the prep, it was time to sew!

I don't have many pictures of the actual sewing--it was just stitching square to square...

I worked from two corners towards the center, making two identical rows and attaching them to the previously sewn sections. In this way, I was building up two parts of the quilt at once. In the end, I would join the two pieces to create the ...

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June 18, 2019
Accidental Watermelon Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

I accidentally created a Watermelon Quilt. Yep. Sometimes things work out perfectly and a splash of green looks great with a splash of pink, but other times: Oops. Watermelon Quilt. On the upside, I...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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