This quilt, from Bonnie Hunter’s blog, is called Scrappy Trips Around the World. You can link to the pattern here. It was given to my step daughter as present to mark her graduation from a university honours program.
It’s a super easy pattern and very fun to make. Many of my colourful and bright 2.5″ strips got used up in making this (though I’m not sure how much of a dent I made in the pile!). I made it with scraps I’d cut from fat quarters and width of fabric cuts of yardage as I’m not one to buy jelly rolls or other coordinated fabric lines.
While the pattern calls for all blocks to be scrappy, I needed somewhere for the eyes to rest, given how vibrant the colours are. Therefore I made the centre diagonal row in each block with a solid black fabric. I like how it gives some cohesion to a very scrappy quilt and how the colours all seem to work together with the black row anchoring each block.
This quilt involved some new math on my part. It was made with twelve inch blocks, six wide and eight down. For some inexplicable reason I had decided that would make the quilt 72″ x 84″. I only realized after the fact that my math skills had failed me and 8 x 12 is actually 96″ and not 84″. No wonder it took so long to quilt! I did the simple cross hatch quilting on my home sewing machine. My arms, shoulders and upper back definitely got a work out!
I’d make this again – however, I’d check my math before assembling the quilt.
I’m linking this up with Oh Scrap as well as Wednesday Wait Loss
33 thoughts on “Graduation Quilt”
Beautiful quilt! The colors glow against the black diagonals.
Thank you! I love how bright and cheerful it is.
Very pretty! I must make one of these,
Thank you, I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
Beautiful quilt! The black makes the bright colors zing, what a great idea that was.
Thank you! I love the effect of the black.
It’s wonderful! The black was a great decision. I have started one of these, but it rests in my WIP drawers along with all the other things I start and then allow myself to become distracted from. *sigh* You inspire me to pull it back out and whip up some more blocks!
They are so much fun to make! You’ll have a blast making more 🙂
Great finish. I really like the use of black. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
I so enjoy your blog, thank you for letting me share.
What a great quilt! I can relate to math problems, although it usually means I make things too small!
I was surprised myself that I made it bigger than I planned – there is a first time for everything. Thanks for the kind words about my quilt!
It’s spectacular!! What a lucky graduate!
She loved it! Thank you for the compliment. Seems you can never go wrong with Bonnie Hunter patterns.
I love the color placement and you were right to add the black rows. The black give it more definition.
I was very pleased with how doing that worked out. Thank you for visiting my blog.
I look forward to viewing more finishes.
A great quilt! I love the addition of the black with the bright colours, very effective!
Thank you! I’m really pleased how well that worked.
Great scrappy quilt. And marvellous use of the black to make this quilt a stunner! Thanks for sharing on Clever Chameleon 🙂
And thank you for the opportunity to share my post with your readers. I’m honoured you featured my quilt.
This is fabulous. Great choice to use the black.
Thank you. I’m really pleased with how it worked so well.
Beautiful quilt! I love Bonnie’s scrappy designs. You were right to use black as a resting place. So perfect! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share on your blog and for featuring this quilt. I’m very honoured.
Beautiful quilt – yummy indeed. The aching neck and shoulders – oh I am so familiar with that – only go to prove your commitment to this project. And now that you have the math down pat, the next quilt will be a breeze. Congratulations on a fabulous finish. Visiting from NTT.
Quilting definitely takes a toll at times doesn’t it. I’ll certainly be double checking my math with a calculator next time. Thank you for visiting.
It’s one great looking scrappy quilt, and I’ll bet it was (or will be) well received!
It was VERY well received!
Which spot did you put the black In? I’m pulling strips now to start one. Was just checking Pinterest for inspiration. Yours really stands out! Beautiful
Black is in the centre row – the row that goes through the centre of the block. Thank you for the nice words about my quilt.