On a whim, I decided to do Inktober this year. For those unfamiliar, it is a casually-organised event throughout the month of October when participating artists draw something every day in ink. There are some official prompts that can be used for ideas, but I found them a little lame so I’ve opted to combine two unofficial prompt lists, Oddinkies by Haitchbee and Anthroinktober by Drop the Drawing.



I’m posting my daily progress on my Tumblr page, but I thought I’d do a weekly recap here like I did for Block a Day July way back when. On to last week’s drawings!


Laurels detail

As you know, I get pretty excited about all my patterns, but I am extra excited about sharing this one with you today.  It’s called Laurels and as you can see, it’s a set of two laurels you can sew together into a wreath, or you can use them as a border for your other blocks!  One of my goals with my patterns is to have designs that work together in a modular way so you can mix and match them to create a quilt that is uniquely yours without too much fuss over planning the design or doing math or anything like that.  I hope you will enjoy combing Laurels in creative ways with other patterns in your stash!


To make the Laurels pattern as versatile as possible, I’ve made them up in three sizes for you, 12″, 16″, and 18″.  Each individual laurel is half the height, so the 12″ laurels are 6″ wide, etc.  In the pattern shop, you’ll see I’ve got them all available separately so you can purchase just the one you need now, or there’s a multipack with all three sizes so you’ll have those in your pattern library right when you need them! (more…)

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…)