Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Happy Scrappy Trips

This was the best weekend sewing time I've had in ages and I really feel I used it wisely. On Saturday I cut all the strips I still needed to finish my Happy Happy Scrappy Trip blocks. And on Sunday I got all 16 blocks made - yippee!!!



I am so HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY with this Happy Happy Scrappy Trip quilt. It should measure about 80" squares when it is all sewn together. There was a bit of method to this madness. Each block is an 8 X 8 arrangement and each strip was cut 3" to finish 2 1/2". I used one strip from each of these colorways: yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, aqua, and purple. I tried to keep the order random from block to block so there is a lot of movement in the colors.  I ended up using 113 different fabrics in this quilt, and while some are more recent additions to my stash, others are approaching vintage. Some of these fabrics are almost 15 years old and in a couple of instances I used  every thread I have of them. (insert shedding  a tear or two - LOL!)

Now on one hand I am glad to be using my stash. But on the other hand I'm going to miss these oldies but goodies. I can identify fabrics from Jan Mullen, Mary Lou Weidman and Kari Pearson. They all designed great graphic bright fabrics, that I love. I was shopping at Fabric Shack the other week and was specifically on the hunt for bright plaids or multi-colored prints and I didn't find many. There are certainly a lot of dots available right now and of course that makes me a very happy polka dot chicken. I feel I absolutely MUST replenish my stash with some new dots while I can get them. Who knows when they may go out of fashion? See the perfect justification for retail therapy - LOL!

Here are a few close ups of some of the fabrics I've used.




So I need to sew these 16 blocks together and this baby is done. No border needed. Off it goes to the long arm quilter.  And then what do I sew next??? I've been intrigued by some of the low-volume quilts I've seen on the web. These are definitely a different palette than I normally work with. And I'm itching to do a quilt from the new Scrap-Basket Beauties book. The one on the cover is calling my name. And even though I've done two of these Scrappy Trip quilts I still want to do one with my Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Notice I have totally ignored any of the many UFO's I have languishing in ziploc bags. I'm afraid I may have smothered their little voices - so sorry - I need to check back in on them someday soon...maybe...perhaps...oh we'll just see what happens.

Hope you have a great week.
Happy stitching-
carol fun

16 comments:

  1. It looks like the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting!
    I really like the bright colors. I think I prefer this version with many "trips" to a whole-quilt one-trip.

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  2. I love, love, love the Scrappy Trip with the bright colors! Just what I would have picked...
    Ann

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  3. I LOVE this quilt. It is so bright and happy, happy, happy!
    I'm not so patiently waiting for that book.....crossing my fingers it will be here today. :)

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  4. You are a whirlwind, whirling dervish, dynamo, etc.......

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  5. Have you posted a link to the pattern? I'd like to give this a try : )

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  6. That is a successful sewing weekend. Nice top. I really need to start mine one of these days LOL

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  7. Your happiness is contagious! I'm grinning from ear to ear and from my head to my toes! :) And now I've got "I'm the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" dancing through my head. It's super cute!

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  8. What a bright and cheerful quilt. Love all the colorful fabrics. You did a great job11

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  9. It is SUCH a HAPPY quilt. I love your color formula--it really works. What a great quilt this will be.

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  10. Love it! It is a happy quilt! I know what you mean about shedding a tear for the used up fabric. It is hard to do! I'm making a rug with scraps to use up scraps, but yet I find myself not wanting to use up my scraps? Ugh!

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  11. Poor little UFO's can't compete with this beauty!

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  12. WOW! This is fantastic! Now I'm trying to picture a Polka Dot Chicken low volume quilt.....this should be good!

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  13. Another beautiful quilt! Love those colors!

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  14. What a punch of color-it dazzles. I look forward to seeing it finished.

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  15. Yet another fantastic quilt!! Love the happiness factor!

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  16. You've been in MY stash! I have so many of those same fabrics. Surely they aren't that old...please tell me that. LOL

    I have made two of these scrappy trips and love them. Good job!

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