I'm totally chuffed at the response regarding my Quick Trip Quilt and its an absolute delight to see everyone start working on their projects.
For a limited time I am sharing this modern take on the traditional trip around the world quilt design as a free pattern.
That's right - Free!
All you need to do is sign up for The Next Stitch newsletter and we will email the pattern for this handy throw-sized quilt straight to your inbox.
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In the beginning
I first wrote the instructions for Quick Trip way back in 1997. I've misplaced the 3.5" floppy disc but luckily still have a printout.
Man that feels like a lifetime ago! I'd like to tell you that I started quilting in the cradle, but at the time I was working as an RN who'd hightailed it back to the country after doing midwifery in Sydney.
I designed the project specifically to teach as an introductory patchwork class delivered through the NSW Western College of Adult Education.
Here's my very first Quick Trip Quilt. You've probably noticed that I used more fabrics in this one. I tweaked the design and scaled back the number of rounds to make it a more achievable one day workshop for beginners.
Check out those country colours!
I think I must have made this quilt in 1994 or 95.
Mea culpa - I am that quilter who hasn't labelled all her quilts. You'll be glad to hear that I make more of an effort at documenting my quilts these days.
The fabrics are all flannels and despite some obvious wear and tear, it remains a favourite. In actual fact this old girl has been on my bed all winter.
Here's a closer look and you can see my rudimentary quilting and that softly worn fabric. Its actually holding up pretty well considering its been in constant use on either the bed or sofa for over 20 years.
The 2018 Makeover
When Cotton + Steel Firelight arrived on the shop shelves back in May I just knew I had to make something with these painterly rose prints by Sarah Watts.
I'd been thinking about making a new version of this quilt for a while. The chunky size of those patchwork squares made Quick Trip the obvious choice as the design really lets you showcase those tricky-to-use large scale prints.
When reworking the quilt I removed the borders for a fresh modern look.
Quick Trip is a great project beginners project.
The fabric requirements are specifically calculated to be forgiving and allow some wriggle room to straighten up those cuts if needed. It is also a great quilt for those times you need a finish in a jiffy. With a bit of nifty piecing the quilt top just flies together.
I like to use up my fabric scraps and make a pieced back. Here is the back of my old flannel version. In the spirit of making do you will probably also notice that the pattern is incorrect as I eeked out those last few squares.
If you look carefully you might even be able to make out some navy dots. I'd orginally tied this quilt with navy wool, but decided to quilt it for a sturdier finish seeing as the quilt was in constant use.
Here's a few of your projects
Its been a thrill seeing Quick Trip projects start to pop up on social media and I thought I would include a bit of a round up here.
@homemadewithemilyjane is making this great version in Cloud 9 fabrics. I love that pop of yellow and the distinct contrast in print and colour which highlight the geometry of the design.
We are also on the same page when it comes to pieced backs. I really like her simple approach and off centre layout.
The next one is by @jules_quilts. This super soft and pretty version really highlights the difference fabric selection makes, By using these vintage florals of similar scale and value Jules has achieved this restful look where the pieced design is much more subtle. The individual fabrics almost melt together. Dreamy!
@kimberlowe has sought out the same fabrics from the Firelight collection that I used for the pattern and is busily working on a raffle quilt for her local animal shelter. It will be an awesome prize and such a worthy cause.
I have a limited number of Quick Trip Quilt Kits using these Firelight Fabric rose prints still available. Some fabrics may need to be substituted, but I will work with you to find a combo you love. You can buy a kit here.
I can also help you choose fabrics from across out entire range, like this fabric pull from Rifle Paper Co's latest English Garden collection.
This kit is heading off to someone in Sydney and I think that mint stripe will be fabulous for binding, don't you?
Last up - if you still need to grab a copy of the pattern, all you need to do is sign up for The Next Stitch newsletter. Here's the link
Keep the project photos coming everyone and make sure you use #quicktripquilt and #mynextstitch I don't want to miss a thing!