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…)

Improve Stripes and Braid Blocks Tutorial

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Improv Stripes and Braids tutorial series. We’ve already completed our Improv Stripe block, so let’s get right into the Improv Braid block. Left over from last time, you will need the following:

  • 3 sheets of copy paper/lightweight paper large enough to be cut into two 12 1/2″ squares OR freezer paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper cutting scissors
  • Ruler
  • Water soluble glue stick (if using copy paper)
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • 5″ half square triangle left over from Part 1.

In Part 1, we used the copy paper and the foundation paper piecing technique to sew the Improv Stripe block, but for this tutorial we’ll be using freezer paper to mix things up. If you’re using regular paper, assemble your template as in Part 1 and skip on to step 2. Then be sure to subsequently sew through the paper as normal rather than sewing next to the fold. (more…)

Hello again, it’s me, Swampy, and I’m back with a two part tutorial to make scrappy improv blocks using strings.  In these tutorials, I’ll talk you through assessing the value of your fabrics and how to use basic foundation paper piecing techniques to create blocks for a dynamic quilt design.  I’ve split the tutorial into two parts because this design is laid out using two alternating blocks to create an overall pattern similar to my last tutorial about the Greek Cross Alternate Block.

Improv Stripes and Braids Tutorial Part 1 of 2

For Part 1, we will prepare our paper foundations, choose our fabrics and arrange them in value order, and finally, sew the Improv Stripes block using regular copy paper.  In Part 2, we’ll sew the Improv Braid block using freezer paper and look at some possible layouts for our blocks.  Let’s get started!