I’m not sure who started it, but I know for me it was because Katy, Megan and Brenda lit a fire under my butt with their #scappytripalong on Instagram (I’m pretty sure they’re behind all the madness/scrappy crack). I was just minding my business, getting my daily fix o’ pix on my Instagram feed - and the next thing I know I’m up to my eyeballs in 2½” squares.
It’s so funny to go back in time only a few weeks to read Megan’s blog post, where she mentions about 8 other people making the scrappytripalong. HAHA… It’s more like 800 people now making (or have made) one! The Flickr group has almost 800 members, and the #scrappytripalong hashtag on Instagram has almost 3000 photos. Talk about a quilt project going viral. Clearly the internet was invented for cats and for quilts.
The magic of the #scrappytripalong is that it’s easy, it’s fun and uses scraps. The instructions can be found via the flickr group or directly here. The second one inhales the potent hashtag… one is ready to go and start quilting. A stack of Dear Stella solids I bought last summer at West Seattle Fabric Co. was begging to be scrap’d up.
I jumped in, peppered my solids with a few prints, and was instantly hooked… and next thing I know I haven’t showered for days.
I wasn’t using the traditional tube method often used in a Trip Around the World quilt, so I got myself organized with a paper plate trick I learned from Darlene Zimmerman to keep my block pieces tidy and organized.
I made two blocks. Then four. And then I wanted to eat, sleep and breathe making these blocks.
Oh look, a squirrel. Ok, so everyone on Instagram was mentioning how fast and fun the tube sewing thing was, so of course I had to try it. I grabbed a Moda honey bun (1½” strips) of American Jane’s Snippets and went on a fact finding mission (<— which sounds way better than having ADD). I joined the rows and lobbed off the first 1½” strip (why join that in a tube if I’m only going to have to un-sew it?!).
Well that was fun, but I’m curious how long that took me. So I set out to do another block, this time I was going to time it. Seriously, what is wrong with me?
Maybe I’m watching too much Mythbusters, because I really needed to do some more time tests.
Crap. Then I had to make a forth one so I could see how they all look together.
Back to my first attempt. Blocks just waiting to be made. Momma, is that you? Pretty sure I heard them talking. Or maybe it was that I hadn’t slept and showered in days.
I was two blocks shy of 24 blocks to do a 4×6 setting, and I figured it would be way faster to do some cascading blocks on the top, bottom and sides (like my Farmer’s Wife quilt) vs just making two regular blocks. And it probably took me 10 times as long to do that. Because I’m so smart like that. Time management is not my friend. (in fact she’s a bitch and out to get me)
Setting my blocks in Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax (I want to marry that fabric). OMG I’m almost done!
Last piece to join… OMG I’m so excited I’m done. And then… OMG I’m so sad that I’m done. SERIOUSLY, what is wrong with me?!
Top and side
Bottom and side
So happy I’m done, but so sad I’m at the #scrappytripalong finish line. But I can’t be too sad for too long - Megan is at it again, this time tempting me with the #xplusalong.
Scrappy Trip Along flickr group: flickr.com/groups/scrappytripalong
Shop: West Seattle Fabric Co.
Essex Yarn Dyed (in flax): Robert Kaufman
Solids: Dear Stella
Honey bun: Moda
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