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Trip Around the World with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop Notes for Trip Around the World

This is made with the cylinder style of construction.

You need to cut strips of a chosen width (say 3 ½”) from each of your fabrics by as long as you can.

Place them out on table in a pleasing sequence remembering that the one at the front will also need to be pleasing with the last one in the row.

Sew together with a seam allowance (be consistant but it doesn’t need to be an ACCURATE ¼”) into a long band – try and avoid distortion by sewing the first two down the length and then turning and coming back in the opposite direction – if this confuses you ignore it(!)

Press fabric sequence lightly so that it lies flat

Make into a cylinder – remembering that the fabric MUST lie flat on the table.

Cut apart into segments – this measurement is the same as the original chosen width (3 ½”)

Take one segment to be your pattern piece; turn right side out and decide which is going to be closest to the centre square (it will NOT BE the centre square – that comes later) and therefore will be called no.1 and which will be at the bottom of the strip.

Unpick between these two squares and lay the fabric out in front of you.

Now build a square to the lh side of it by taking the strips/segments and unpicking them so that the colours move up and away from you;

Once unpicked they are then sewn together making sure that the seams match

Sew to the lh side of your pattern piece

For this Trip Around the World i.e. a diamond design you will need to make a second square that lives to the rh side of your pattern piece but the mantra is the same – the colours move up and away from you. Sew to the rh side of your pattern piece

You will then make an exact copy of this.

To join these two sections of your quilt together you will need another two segments unpicked in the same colour sequence as your pattern piece.

Decide which fabric you would like as the centre square and sew this between these two segments.

You can now sew this to join your two section of the quilt.

This makes a square medallion

To turn it into a rectangular quilt you will need to add to the bottom and the top following the colour sequence.

Strip Pieced quilt with the cylinder method of patchwork

This is another of those strip pieced quilts that makes the most of the combination of a rotary cutter and a sewing machine. The workshop shows you how to make the basic Trip Around the World quilt using the cylinder method of construction (which is covered in the techniques section of the site) and also mentions fast turning to complete the quilt (which will be coming soon).

The book by Eleanor Burns - Quick Trip Around the World - gives more alternative designs and settings.

If you like this form of strip piecing, it is also used in the Bargello style of work:

and we have a quick search for strip piecing on the left hand side of the page.

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