Frugal World Traveler Part 2!

Welcome back to Stitching with Swampy.  In Part 1 of this tutorial series, we sewed the trip around the world block.  Now we are ready to the sew the bordered economy block to alternate with our trip around the world blocks. Leftover from the previous tutorial you should have the following:

  • Low volume fabric A – 4 strips 3″ x 8″
  • Low volume fabric B – 1 square 3″ x 3″
  • Low volume fabric C – 2 squares 4″ x 4″
  • Black or dark fabric – 2 squares 3″ x 3″, and 2 squares 5″ x 5″
  • Accent fabric – 1 square 3″ x 3″, and 1 square 4.25″ x 4.25″

Let’s get to it! (more…)

Stitching with Swampy Frugal World Traveler Part 1!

It’s been a slow year in the pukeko social scene, so it’s time again for a quilting tutorial. Today, we are going to create another alternating layout of blocks including the ever-popular trip around the world and economy blocks. We will be using low volume fabrics with high contrast dark and accent fabrics to create a stunning square in square in square (in square?) design.

Frugal World Traveler mockup

There are existing tutorials out there for these blocks, but since we’re using a specific colour scheme to create the all over design, I’m going to lay it all out for you here.  If you want to make the whole quilt pictured, you’ll need to make 13 trip around the world blocks and 12 bordered economy blocks. This tutorial series will discuss making a single matching pair. Pay close attention as these blocks finish at 12 1/2″ (13″ unfinished). Yes, you read that right… math is the worst.

To make a pair of blocks, you’ll need the pieces listed below. When cutting the 3″ x 16″ strips, if you’re working from fat quarters, go ahead and cut your strip from the 18″ side and leave it at that, no need to trim it shorter!

Cutting chart

  • Low volume fabric A – 1 strip 3″ x 16″ and 4 strips 3″ x 8″
  • Low volume fabric B – 1 strip 3″ x 16″ and 1 square 3″ x 3″
  • Low volume fabric C – 1 strip 3″ x 16″ and 2 squares 4″ x 4″
  • Black or dark fabric – 1 strip 3″ x 16″, 2 squares 3″ x 3″, and 2 squares 5″ x 5″
  • Accent fabric – 1 strip 3″ x 16″, 1 square 3″ x 3″, and 1 square 4.25″ x 4.25″

For this post we’ll cover the trip around the world block. Check back soon for the bordered economy block!  Let’s get started. (more…)

Rockstar Hare (top detail)

I made this quilt for the MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge.  The prints are from a line called Creative Rockstar by Rad and Happy.  The challenge was to use the prints in the collection together with any Riley Blake solids to make something quilted. (more…)

Everyone knows if you have a Blue Hen and a Blue Rooster you’re going to end up with a Blue Chick… The blue chicken family is complete!

Blue Chick

This little chick finishes at a super cute 4″ square, perfectly to scale with the hen and rooster patterns.  The tiny pieces make it slightly more challenging to piece than my other patterns, but take your time to piece accurately and I’m sure you’ll find the end result adorably worth the effort! (more…)