Monday, 24 June 2013

teaching with a big shot



For the past couple of Sundays I've been at a knitting and patchwork shop just outside of Leeds called The Skep teaching Bonnie Hunter's scrappy trips around the world blocks.

This pattern is perfect for using up random fat quarters or strips of fabric that you have in your stash that you don't like too much (it's also perfect for those favourite fabrics too).I've made quite a few of these quilts now, they're fast, they're fun and they use up a lot of fabric.

When you use the 2.5" strip die to cut your strips it's also really REALLY fast to get all of your fabric prepared. I've got to admit I get a bit carried away when I'm cutting strips and end up cutting far too many every time!

We had a whole basket of strips to play with, some were lovely, some were quite interesting (to put it politely!)

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But I encouraged everyone to grab a mix of colours and prints to get the full effect of the pattern

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and I think you'll agree, the results were lovely! There's no such thing as a fabric that's too ugly in a scrap quilt - when it's pieced into a scrappy block you don't notice the 'ugliness' and instead you see the colour or the tone. The big shot is perfect for cutting scraps, and keeping them under control in smaller pieces that can be easily sorted and stored.

You can make your own 'jelly rolls' with the 2.5" strip, or mini charm packs with the square dies, sort them into colours and keep everything nicely organised. Believe me, it makes you feel ever so slightly smug and pleased with yourself when you turn a big pile of scraps into manageable pieces for easy use!

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8 comments:

  1. I love the 30s scrappy trips block...I need a quilt full of them!

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    1. 30s repros make my heart sing! I love them!

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  2. Thank you for the great stash busting idea. I have not made a "trip around the world" block yet. I will definitely give this a try.

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    1. watch out - it's very addictive!

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  3. I think these look like a gas to do! I just wish I could get my act in gear and actually Try them! To just grab a handful of strips seems so antithetical to my way of planning......Looks great though!

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    1. it's so liberating and fun to just grab and go not to mention crazily addictive!

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  4. I am sad, I live in Leeds would have loved to have come to this class, some lovely things have been created

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    1. margaret - they have some wonderful classes at the skep, if you check out their blog you can keep up to date on what's coming next!

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