Hello, Friends! Welcome to another T+B Sew-Along! I am so happy that you are going to be joining me this summer. I can’t wait to start working on my quilt, and I’m just as excited to see what YOU are working on too! So, let’s get cracking! Today I’m going to get you started with fabric requirements and a suggested sewing timeline/calendar to help you stay on task.
The amount of fabric you need depends entirely on what size quilt you want to make. So, the bigger the quilt, the more fabric!!! If you are going to be making a Scrappy Trip, this is fantastic news. This project EATS SCRAPS FOR BREAKFAST, so it is a great way to bust into that bin you have hidden from your husband.
The block used in the Trip Around the World Quilt finishes at 12″ x 12″ or 12.5″ x 12.5″ unfinished. There isn’t any reason to trim these blocks once they are assembled, as long as you work on sewing a nice, straight, scant 1/4″ seam. You will need (6) 2.5″ x 16″ strips of fabric for each 12″ x 12″ finished block.
A note about that 16″ measurement. This is the shortest you can have this strip. If you are working from a Fat Quarter, don’t even bother trimming it down to the 16″ from 18. You are going to be subcutting your pieces after you strip piece, so any extra beyond the 16″ will just be trimmed off.
Another thing to consider (and I will say this again on the tutorial post so that it makes more sense to you, but want you to start thinking about it now): if you are working from yardage and are planning on making a BIG quilt, consider strip piecing with 2.5″ x WOF strips. This may be a time saver for you. You will end up with (2) 12″ x 12″ block from (6) WOF strips and will save you that step of cutting them into 16″ strips. Yes, the order of your colors will be the same on these two blocks, and you could have 2 identical blocks if you want, but if your color design allows, you may also be able to re-order those subcut strips on one block to make 2 different blocks to assemble. Again, may not make sense right now, but I will explain this all again in the tutorial!
Quilt SizesThe image above outlines the suggested block layout, number of total blocks, number of total strips, and how much fabric you will need depending on whether you are using Fat Quarters or yardage for your quilt. The sizes above are generally the sizes I make for quilts – I like to GO BIG with my quilts, and I never ever regret making my quilts a bit bigger than the standard measurements. There are some other guides out there, so I suggest you take a look at them if you are looking for a different size than what is listed above. If you head over to Whipstitch, she has another great chart with some different finished quilt size options. You can find the page where she talks about it here on her blog, but the image links seem to be broken, so here is a direct link to the Trip Around the World Chart that she created.
A quick rundown on the sizes that are listed in the chart above:
Baby: 48″ x 60″ with a 4 x 5 block layout. You will need 120 strips
Lap: 60″ x 72″ with a 5 x 6 block layout. You will need 180 strips
Twin:72″ x 108″ with a 6 x 9 block layout. You will need 324 strips
Full: 84″ x 108″ with a 7 x 9 block layout. You will need 378 strips
Queen: 96″ x 108″ with a 8 x 9 block layout. You will need 432 strips
King: 108″ x 108″ with a 9 x 9 block layout. You will need 486 strips
Here is another link to the chart above if you would like to download it or print it out!
Picking out your Fabric
Take some time thinking about your overall quilt design. If you are going to be making a scrappy quilt, than you may be slightly more limited by the scraps that you have, but even then, you need to think about COLOR! There are some pretty amazing Trip Around the World quilts out there, and each one stands out for a different reason. The quilts all take color and color placement into consideration.
If you haven’t seen my posts on COLOR! then I recommend checking them out. The first post, Color Theory Basics, will give you a general run down on Color Theory 101. The second Post, Color Theory, talks about the color wheel and color relationships. The third post in the series, Choosing your Shadow and Sashing, is a post that is directed more towards the Polaroid Sew-Along, but can also be used for the Trip Around the World Sew-Along color selection!
For more inspiration, check out my board on Pinterest. Over the next few weeks, I will be filling this board up with tutorials, layout idea, and finished quilts that are ultra inspiring!
I don’t know about you, but when temps rise into the 80s and above, I’m done with the hustle and bustle of the year. I want to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer without any pressure. At the same time, I want to make sure that I’m successful in completing this quilt top. The best way to do that? Set an easy schedule for myself that will allow me time to catch-up when I slack. Because I know I’ll end up falling behind at some point! It’s a reality that I have to live with, and I’m ok with that!
I have myself starting the first week in July and putting my finished quilt in the wash by mid September. This will give me the next week to finalize my fabric choices so I can begin cutting and sewing on July 2nd.
I will get all of my piecing done over the summer, and then once the kids are back in school, I’ll find the time (and energy) to baste, quilt, and bind! This will give me time to take a vacation, and skip some blocks here and there if I want to. If you think this sounds do-able and want to jump on board, then I suggest you limit your piecing to the first 9 weeks of our Sew-Along, and then the final 3 weeks you can focus on finishing (and catching up as needed). Head over to the Sew-Along page to see the Calendar written out, week by week. In order to have the piecing done within the first 9 weeks, here is your schedule, broken down by quilt size.
Schedule, by Quilt Size
Baby Quilt: 2 blocks a week (plus 2 extra blocks to sew sometime in the 9 weeks. So two of the weeks you need to sew 3 blocks instead of 2).
Lap/Throw: 3 blocks a week (plus 3 extra blocks to sew sometime in the 9 weeks. So two of the weeks you need to sew 4 blocks instead of 3).
Twin: 6 blocks a week.
Full: 7 blocks a week.
Queen: 8 blocks a week.
King: 9 blocks a week.
I know that once things get going, and real life starts to happen, it may be hard to stick to this schedule. In order to make it fun and keep us all accountable, I’m going to be creating a bunch of “Challenges” for us to participate in! There are no crazy rules or requirements, just a group of sewists who are working on their projects simultaneously across the globe.
Whenever a Challenge is posted, it will list the rules, requirements, time frame, and reward. If you decided to participate in the Challenge, be sure to read the fine print as the requirements may change from Challenge to Challenge. All Challenges will be posted on the Blog, in my Facebook group, and on Instagram so you have three chances to get notified that a Challenge is up. I actually WANT people to participate in these Challenges, so I’ll probably drop hints about them a few days leading up
If the Challenge is going to have a winner, the winner will be picked via Random Number.
Participation in Challenges is completely, 100% voluntary. Choose to participate in 1, choose 2. Do all, or none. Whatever you want! They are just a way for us to connect with one another, laugh with one another, and spread a little bit of Summer Sunshine into one another’s day!
So, that’s it for fabric requirements and the suggested sewing schedule. Over the next week I’m going to be talking more about how to actually piece the blocks, and offer some tips that I’ve discovered as I begin working on mine. If you are interested in jumping ahead, you can read the original tutorial here and start sewing!!
Make sure that you post to Instagram so that we can all follow your progress and we can cheer each other on! If you are new to Instagram, you can find out more about signing up for an account and how to post here.
Happy Sewing, Friends!