Trip Around World Quilt plans drafted

Today I officially start work on Isabel’s Trip Around the World (30’s style) quilt.

I always draft my own patterns. I enjoy the process and can customize it just how I want it. Assembling the quilt usually entails just piecing a couple dozen large blocks together to make a top. But with this quilt, since there aren’t any blocks, I have to piece over 1800 squares together. Over 1800 squares of 27 different colors. And not mix up a single block’s position, or else the whole quilt will be off.

And I have to figure out how to do this myself.

I haven’t found any Trip Around the World tutorials that match the pattern of mine. I’ve found variations, but not mine.

So I’m going to make my own way here. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:


I carefully numbered each fabric (and will keep this printout handy at all times).

Then I numbered the corresponding blocks on my Template Quilt (the one I got at an antiques fair).


Notice how all the rows in the green sections are all the same. There are 66 of them and I'll piece them first, doing strip piecing. I'll do a similar thing with the inside section. The upper left and bottom right corners, though, will be tricky.

Here we go!

  • You are amazing!!!- it leaves me speechless just contemplating even beginning to do something like this.
    Looking forward to seeing some of the work next time we are in Grand Rapids.-more importantly meeting Isabel!
    Love and hugs to you all

  • Awesome!

  • Whoa. That is intense. Can’t wait to see your version!

  • It’s going to be beautiful!!!

  • Can’t wait to see how it turns out :) I already know it will be awesome! How long will this take you? What a great heirloom piece for Isabel!

    • Not sure how long this will take. My goal is to give each child their “big girl quilt” on their 2nd birthday, when they’ll be transitioning from crib to twin bed. I’ve already sewn nearly 93 feet of fabric, and that’s only the beginning portion of the first segment of the piecing. Eee! Lots to do! :)

  • It is going to be awesome!