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Today I’m sharing my second Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt.  The first scrappy trip quilt was so fun to make that I couldn’t resist making another!   This time I used all cotton and steel (affiliate link) fabrics from various lines in blues, aqua’s and yellows.   I made 30 blocks using Bonnie from Quiltville’s tutorial to make a throw size.

File Jun 23, 10 38 46 AM For this quilt, I cut a bunch of strips in the various colors I wanted to use and then randomly made blocks from them.  I like to keep the middle color cohesive and went with the dark blues for that.  File Jun 23, 10 42 44 AM This fabric pull is from a previous quilt I made and I loved it so much that I had to find another quilt to make with it.   I haven’t blogged the other one yet but even though they use the same fabrics, they look completely different. File Jun 23, 10 43 07 AM File Jun 23, 10 42 24 AM I use Bonnie’s pressing instructions to make the blocks but then don’t press completed blocks at all until it’s a quilt top.   This allows me to nest seams the whole way through and no pins are needed.   It becomes a little bit of a puzzle when pressing the quilt top but both times it’s worked out well for me. File Jun 23, 10 41 28 AM I quilted this one with straight lines along side each seam.  File Jun 23, 10 41 04 AM quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8752 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8754 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8765 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8757 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8767 I kept my backing neutral with this fun grey metallic print by Cotton and Steel. (affiliate link) quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8770 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8771 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8992 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8998 I have a feeling this won’t be my last scrappy trip quilt :)

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  • Sharon - That is a beautiful scrappy Trips quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Simonot - I love this pattern too! Those blocks are quite addictive to make… I keep thinking, just one more. Then another. And another.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Singer - I love everything you make!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela of blockMquilts - Oh, what a beautiful quilt! I love the colour combination and what a great way to use up scraps! I also love how this turns into almost an Irish chain design, just very random and modern. Thanks for the link to the tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - This is just beautiful. I LOVE your mix of fabrics – just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Hello! I absolutely LOVE your scrappy trip quilt! I am going to attempt one for my next quilt, and I love how you kept your middle color the same. I a trying to figure out where the strip with the color that you want (dark blue in your case) should go when you are putting your strips together. In the tutorial, her block shows the brown one strip in from the edge, and making up the center of her block. Is this how you placed your blue fabrics?

    Thanks so much for any help!!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I think I put it second or third. The more important placement to worry about is where it goes once the tube is cut and ripped and ready to sew back together as a block. When I was ready to sew the cut strips into the block, I made sure that the navy color was the very first block on the bottom left. Hope that helps! These are so fun to make :)ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bilbao - I love your fabric pull. Those are some yummy colors and the pattern is just fantastic!ReplyCancel

I was glancing around my house yesterday and realized I still have a handful of quilts I haven’t shared on the blog yet.   One of those quilts is my Vintage Picnic City Tiles Quilt.   I released this pattern a few months back and included instructions for an 18inch block and a 12inch block.   This Vintage Picnic version is the 12inch block option.

quiltylove_EmilyDennis-2294 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-2303 Bonnie and Camille always have the happiest fabrics.  Their Vintage Picnic line (affiliate link) is no exception.  A jelly roll is the perfect size for this block option.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3347 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3360 I used the new Gingham wide backs in Aqua for the backing and binding.   I tend to bind my quilts with the same backing fabric.   Usually I make the binding with the extra fabric I cut off when trimming up my quilt after quilting it.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3350 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3344 I quilted this one with my favorite zig zag stitch.  I know I use it a lot but I still really love the look.   I think it looks like more effort was put into quilting than there really was ;)   I usually space my lines about 1inch apart. quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3348 The grey background of this City Tiles quilt is my current favorite grey.   It’s Robert Kaufman Kona Solid in the color Silver.   It’s the perfect cool grey.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3356 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3361 You can find the City Tiles Quilt pattern in my pattern shop:

City_Tiles_Quilt_Pattern_PAPER City_Tiles_Quilt_Pattern

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  • Emily - I love that quilting stitch, too! I used it a lot, until I got a new machine. Even though it has more bells and whistles than my old machine it doesn’t have that stitch! It has a ‘wave’ stitch instead, which produces a similar result. I still kinda miss that zig-zag, though.
    Love the quilt in these colors!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I love that wave stitch too! My machine doesn’t have it :( That’s why I’ve settled on the zig zag :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Molde - Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bilbao - I LOVE that zig zag quilting. I am going to have to experiment with that one. I have been wanting to break out of the “straight stitch” quilting but am a bit nervous. That looks doable.

    I love your color combinations of all your quilts. So inspiring!ReplyCancel

I’m super excited to be participating in Aneela Hoey’s Foxglove Blog Showcase.  Her brand new foxglove line for Cloud9 fabrics is so adorable and was super fun to sew with.   I am all about these colors so I didn’t hesitate to participate in this one.   Foxglove is available in fabric stores now.


I immediately had visions of triangles when I saw this fabric line.   Not sure why..lol.    But I went with it and am pretty excited that my vision translated to fabric perfectly.   I’ve written up a pattern for this one and it’s available in my shop.

quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5746 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5742 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5749 The little foxes in this line are just too cute!  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5750 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5753 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5755 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5758 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5760 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5765 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5769 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5770 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-6228 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-6219

Triangle Hexies

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  • Linda Kilpela - Emily you did a beautiful job. The pattern just pops. Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Asha Patel - I. Can’t. Wait. until this pattern is released!!! I’m wanting to make twin baby quilts with it! :) Yours is beautiful and Angela’s fabric is simply gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • LJ - Pretty, pretty. Love the quilting, too.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - This is just fab!!!!! Love the colours, design, and the wavy quilting. xReplyCancel

  • tara - Emily, I’d really like to see a tutorial on how you machine quilt – or just even a run down on where you like to start when you begin machine quilting , like do you start at the top of the quilt or middle? Your quilts are beautiful and I love visiting your blog and IG.ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - Hi Tara :)

      I’ll keep that in mind for the future :) My short answer is I start about 1/4 of the way through the quilt. So not the top and not the middle. Ripply and pulled fabric from quilting drives me crazy so I try my best not to allow that to happen. I have a few things that I do to prevent that from happening.ReplyCancel

  • LJ - I love hexies and it’s great that you’ve added that special band of white around them. Cute, cute.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - What background fabric are you using here? It’s absolutely perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Lyna - Emily

    I love this pattern. However when cutting for the throw I found 1 yard for the white is not enough, I need 1 1/4 yards to cut 29 strips 1.5 inches (29×1.5= 43.5) and I needed 30 strips of the background fabric. Am I doing something wrong? Is it correct you need 120 triangles for the throw and 120 of each white and background? I can get 4 cuts out of each background strip and 5 cuts out of each white strip.


    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I think you are right! I’m not sure if I needed the full 29 strips since I unfolded the last piece of each strip to get one more piece. I’m definitely going to adjust the pattern requirements though because what I tell you is just over a yard. Not sure what happened there… thank you so much for pointing that out!ReplyCancel

For some reason I never got around to photographing my Cotton and Steel Swoon Quilt! I finished this quilt a few months ago and it’s even had a rotation on my bed. This is Thimbleblossom’s Swoon pattern. Since the pattern itself leans more traditional I went for a really modern Cotton and Steel basics print. Straight line quilting finished the look.  I adore this quilt.   I’ve loved every single one I’ve seen on pinterest and Instagram.   My husband however is not such a fan..lol.   So it had a short rotation on our bed and is stacked away for now.   I’m sure it will make it’s way back on our bed again ;)

quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3445 I love the metallic detail in some of these cotton and steel basic prints.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3451 This quilt was really fun to put together.   The first block was a bit challenging but once you get that first one done the rest go together much quicker.   I love the huge quilt blocks! quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3456 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3449 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3457 I backed this one in flannel by Maywood studios.   This flannel is the best!   So soft and warm! quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3459 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3432 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3464

Fabrics used:
Cotton and Steel Basics by RJR fabrics  *
Moda Bella Solid 97 (white)
Maywood Studios Flannel (backing)
Pattern:   Swoon by Thimbleblossoms

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  • Karen Lee - It turned out beautifully, Emily! The colors remind me of the sea. Love the parallel quilting lines on this!ReplyCancel

  • Kay - This is just stunning. Aqua is my favourite colour so this would b perfect for me. My husband just isn’t keen on quilting full stop, but he is learning to put up with it. xReplyCancel