The globetrotter quilt pattern is another of the Fabric Freedom patterns. It is a delightful pattern which isn’t difficult to make and the fabrics are lovely – they can really help you to dream of summer holidays. The quilt measures 35″ by 44″ and I have used 1/2 yard of the luggage and blender fabrics, 3/4 yards of the Bon Voyage and Arrows fabrics with just 1/4 yard of the labels fabric. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer. Please note that there may be a delay in posting any orders as I’m away for a long weekend.
I know that it doesn’t show up too well in the photos, but there is a star formed in the middle of each set of four blocks, around the white square.
Luggage fabric: twenty 4.1/2″ squares
Bon voyage fabric: thirty one 3.1/2″ squares, sixty two 2.3/8″ squares
Arrows fabric: forty 1.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles, forty 1.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles,
Blender fabric: sixty two 2.3/9″ squares. For the border you will also need two strips 1.1/2″ by 33.1/2″ and two strips 1.1/2″ by 44.1/2″
Labels fabric: twelve 3.1/2″ squares
Making the first globetrotter quilt block
There are two quilt blocks needed for the globetrotter quilt pattern. The first one is a simple square in a square. Take a 4.1/2″ square of luggage fabric and sew a 4.1/2″ arrows rectangle to the top and bottom. Press and then sew a 6.1/2″ rectangle to each side.
You will need twenty of these quilt blocks.
Making the second globetrotter quilt block
For the second block you will need half square triangles which are a little smaller than I usually use, but are made in just the same way. Place two 2.3/8″ squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles which are now 2″ squares.
Sew the half square triangles together in pairs, making sure that the two bon voyage (darker) triangles are next to each other, creating a larger triangle.
Sew one pair of half square triangles to opposite ends of a 3.1/2″ bon voyage square.
You will need to make thirty one of these blocks.
Assembling the globetrotter quilt
The globetrotter quilt is made using two different rows of blocks alternating down the quilt. The first row is made using the first quilt block alternating with the second quilt block placed vertically so that the triangles point up and down. For each row you will need four of the first quilt block with three of the second block, so that the row begins and ends with the first quilt block. Make five of these rows.
The second row is made using the second quilt block placed horizontally so that the triangles point to the sides, alternating with the 3.1/2″ labels squares. For each row you will need four of the second quilt block and three of the squares so that the row begins and ends with the second quilt block. Make four of these rows.
Arrange the rows of quilt blocks to alternate, beginning and ending with the first row. For the border, sew the two 33.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom and then sew the two 44.1/2″ strips to the sides.
The globetrotter quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and sewing. You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Tomorrow I am off to Italy for a long weekend in Florence. It’s somewhere that I have always wanted to visit and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be going there at last. As well as having a break, I’m also hoping to pick up some quilt inspiration while I’m there.