Rainbow Trip Around World Quilt


Rainbow trip around the world quilt

Rainbow trip around the world quilt

This trip around the world quilt is different in a couple of ways:  I have put a heart in the centre and I have made it longer and thinner than I had intended to!  I’ve used all the colours of the rainbow and I used 2″ squares both because they look good on trip quilts and because that way I could keep the fabric quantities to just 1/4 yard of each rainbow colour.  I’ve also used 1.3/4″ yards of white and 3/4 yard of the patterned fabric used for the border and the heart.  The quilt measures 36″ by 90″.

Cutting requirements

four 2″ strips of each of seven colours – red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, violet

twenty eight 2″ strips of white

six 3.1/2″ strips of border fabric

three 2.3/8″ squares in both green and heart fabric

one 2.3/8″ square in both white and heart fabric

two 2″ squares in heart fabric

Making the trip around the world quilt

Sew each colour strip to a white strip

Sew each colour strip to a white strip

Make four panels of fourteen strips

Make four panels of fourteen strips

Sew each colour strip to a white strip and then combine the pairs of strips to make four panels each containing seven pairs of strips (one of each colour).

 

 

 

Cut each panel in half

Cut each panel in half

Reverse the colours on the two half panels

Reverse the colours on the two half panels

Cut each panel in half and flip one half on to the other so that they are right sides together and the colours are reversed – if red is at the top of the uppermost half panel, then it should be at the bottom of the lower half panel.  Line up the edges.

 

 

 

Create a tube

Create a tube

Cut at 2" intervals

Cut at 2″ intervals

Sew the two half panels together across the top and bottom to create a tube.  Repeat with all the panels.

Put three of the tubes to one side for now.  Each one will be used to make one quarter of the trip around the world quilt.  Cut the tube at 2″ intervals to make ten small tubes.  These are the basic building blocks of the quilt.

 

 

The top left corner of the trip around the world quilt

Each column starts with a different colour

Each column starts with a different colour

Unpick the seam to break the loop

Unpick the seam to break the loop

The basic idea of the trip around the world quilt is to break into these fabric loops (by unpicking a seam) at a different place for each strip in order to make the pattern with the colours forming diagonal lines.  So for the first column on the left I have broken into the loop between the violet and white squares, making violet the first square in the column.  For the second column I broke into the loop between the white and red so that white is the first square and violet is the second colour.  You can see the diagonal lines beginning to form.  For the third column I broke the loop between the red and the white beneath it so that red was the first square.

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Continue adding columns from left to right, taking care to continue the diagonal lines of the colours, for eight columns.  The ninth and tenth columns contain the first two half square triangles for the heart.  Place two 2.3/8″ squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.  For this quarter of the trip around the world quilt you will need one white/black half square triangle and one green/black half square triangle.

 

Add the triangles for the heart

Add the triangles for the heart

For column nine, break the loop to form a strip of fabric in the normal way.  The bottom square is green.  Unpick the seam above the green square, remove the green square and replace it with a green/black half square triangle.  For column ten, remove the white square at the bottom and replace it with a white/black half square triangle.  Sew these columns to the first eight rows to complete this quarter of the quilt.

 

 

The top right quarter of the trip around the world quilt

Replace the bottom squares of columns one and two

Replace the bottom squares of columns one and two

Continue adding columns to the second quarter

Continue adding columns to the second quarter

In the second quarter, it is columns one and two that have the half square triangles added.  Column one is exactly the same as column ten of the first quarter, so it begins with a white square.  Replace the white square with a white/black half square triangle.  The second quarter is a mirror image of the first quarter, so column two is the same as column nine of the first quarter.  Replace the green square at the bottom with a green/black half square triangle.  Continue adding columns across the quarter, making sure that the diagonal lines formed by the colours now run down from the top to the right.

 

The bottom left quarter of the trip around the world quilt

The bottom left quarter of the trip around the world quilt

The bottom left quarter of the trip around the world quilt

All the columns of the third quarter begin with the same colour square as the column above them (from the first quarter) so that there will be two squares of the same colour together.  The first column begins with a violet square, the second white, the third red and so on.  Have the first quarter laid out so that you can follow the colour placement, but basically the colour lines are now running downwards from the left to the bottom.  Sew the first eight columns together in this way.

 

 

Columns nine and ten of the third quarter

Columns nine and ten of the third quarter

At column nine you now need to substitute further squares to continue the formation of the heart.  At the top of column nine, replace the green square with a green/black half square triangle.  At the top of column ten replace the white and green squares with a 2″ black square and a green/black half square triangle.

 

 

 

The bottom right corner of the trip around the world quilt

The fourth quarter mirrors the third quarter

The fourth quarter mirrors the third quarter

The fourth quarter is made in very much the same way as a mirror image of the third quarter.  Column one is exactly the same as column ten of the third quarter, but with the half square triangle facing the other way.  The same applies to column two which mirrors column nine of the third quarter.  The diagonal lines of colour are now running down from the right towards the bottom.

 

 

 

The trip around the world quilt border

The trip around the world quilt border

The trip around the world quilt border

For the border I used 3.1/2″ strips of the same fabric that I had used for the heart.  You will need two at 30.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two at 90.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the rainbow trip around the world quilt top.  Full details of how to layer, quilt and bind the quilt can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section.

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

Storm at sea quilt

Storm at sea quilt

I have written a tutorial for making a storm at sea block without using templates which I thought that you might be interested in.  If you’d like to take a look, click on storm at sea quilt.

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Comments

  1. Thanks again, Rose, for such a lovely quilt. Lots of hard work on this one, but love how you make strip sets…much better than cutting each little square.

    Also, saw your picture on Pinterest. It’s a new thing to me so not sure what it all means but glad to see your smiling face.

    Blessings!

    • Thanks so much – glad you like the quilt. It’s amazing how much strip piecing speeds up the making of a quilt. Once you have started on pinterest there’s no turning back – it is so addictive! rose

  2. Good Morning Rose. I just want to say I like the new format of your site.
    It’s clean and much clearer details.
    Thanks for ALL your tutorials. Appreciate the time and effort that you put on them.
    Evita

    • Thanks, Evita. It was fairly stressful actually switching websites, but I’m glad that I did it. Thanks for your kind words. rose

  3. EveVanna Hedrich says:

    I did this with the jelly rolls just put two colors beside each other then picked out one row each time so they seemed to fade from one color to the other this made a queen sized quilt looked very pretty I also made in the rainbow colors in the same order as the rainbow.

  4. Sheryl Miller says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your new format. It is certainly much easier to see your pictures – they are much sharper. Love your site – thank you for sharing.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Cheers!

    S. Miller

  5. Amazing! I want to do this one. I always love your quilts. You have good ideas and you make it easy for us, the way you explain the process. Thank you, Nola

  6. Sandra Smith-Bongiovanni says:

    I love your methods. I have 2 dessert rolls (5″ squares) and am hoping to do your trip around the world. Do I have enough material for a twin bed cover or do I need to order another dessert roll in the same fabric?

    • Sorry, Sandra. I’ve not come across dessert rolls before. How many squares are in a pack? You might find it a bit easier to use a jelly roll – although that’s not much help if you want to use the dessert rolls! rose

      • Sandra Smith-Bongiovanni says:

        I have 2 Moda Dessert Rolls ( French Paisley) which consist of 20 strips of 42″ x 5″ strips. I can add more fabric if you think I need to fill in either by adding 2 more Rolls of the same name or purchasing other fabric.

  7. irena mangone says:

    This is a beautiful quilt very colourful

  8. irena mangone says:

    Storm at sea btilliant will attempt this as it is not overwhemingly big wall hanging love it thank you talentex lady

  9. Magnifique!!!!!!
    J’adore ce que vous faites,merci de le partager.

  10. Thank you for you wonderful, detailed instuctions for making both of your quilts. You are a fabulous teacher and I want you to know that I appreciate you very much. Have a blessed day.

  11. Hi Rose
    All your work is beautiful and you are prolific.
    What do you do with all the lovely quilts you make? Do you sell them if so where?
    Brenda

    • Thanks, Brenda. I’m glad you like the quilts. At present I can’t sell them because I never seem to get time to finish them. I’m hoping to get some finished this year and then I’ll probably put them for sale here on the website in the first instance. rose

  12. Wow! Love it, love it, love it. Rose, your quilt is beautiful. Someday I may try my hand at making one like it. Also like the Storm at Sea quilt. Your talent is endless. Your tutorials and instructions are the best. You’re a great teacher.

  13. Your site is so fun to read and watch. The two patterns are really neat and look do able. I do like rainbow patterns and this one seems to answer my needs. The funny thing is, I have been thinking about trying the Storm at Sea pattern and here you are making it easier to follow. Thanks again for all you do to make quilting fun. Just one question, what do you do with all the quilts you make? To this day I don’t have anything I’ve made, all have been given away. One time I will make and keep one just to prove that I did it.

    Phyllis

  14. Love your concept, I did one of the trip around the world years ago and yours makes me want to do another.

  15. I love how the tubes are done for the Trip quilt and how you have added the heart which sets the diamond off. Watching your videos make quilting a lot easier instead of being a mystery.

  16. Love your site how do you find time to make all these different quilts ,look forward to your emails to see what you have done this week.just managed to make a memory quilt with fabric I collected over the years on trips to aus all fabric older than my grandchildren they will be 17 this year ,but at last it’s done I quilted it all on my sewing machine ,never again turned out ok it a large lap quilt .Thank again

    • Hi Ruth. Glad you like the site. That sounds like an amazing memory quilt. Vintage fabric does have something special, doesn’t it? rose

  17. Lori Furlong says:

    Fabulous tutorial, Rose. You have outdone yourself! I haven’t done one of these yet because I didn’t want to sew all those little squares. How easy you have made it! thanks bunches! Keep up the great job. Your biggest fan in California thanks you!

  18. Rose, Thank you for another great Quilt Pattern and Video.

    Yvonne

  19. Hi Rose
    Thank you so much for your Tutorial – it is truly great. I have two questions to ask you please. The first one is I would really like to make this into a square so how would I go about this please and the second one is can I use a Jelly Roll please?
    Thank you so much for everything you do and share so unselfishly.
    Hugs
    Patti xxx

    • Hi Patti. Thanks for your comments. You could certainly make it into a square. Use another four strips of each colour with the appropriate white strips and make four more tubes. Then add the strips from one tube to the side of each quarter. You can definitely use a jelly roll, but you would just make a bigger quilt as the strips in the pattern are all 2″ rather than 2.1/2″. rose

  20. Hi Rose , I am so glad when I can print because my downloader does not work. I really like your site. Have learned so much. I am 80yrs. old. Teaching myself to make quilts. Have done quite a few and they have turned out wonderfully. Thank you.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Reminds me of a quilt pattern called the Bargello,haven’t been able to master that one yet. I found it interesting how you made a tube then cut it into sections. Thank you for all the patterns. Everything is clear and easy to understand,and thank you for taking so much time out of your day presenting your tutorials.
    Lizzy

  22. TERESA SHAW says:

    THANKYOU FOR YOUR PATTERNS.I AM JUST LEARNING TO QUILT.YOU MAKE IT SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND.THANKYOU FOR YOUR TIME IN MAKING YOUR TUTORIALS.
    TERESA.

  23. Loves your site could this be made into a double.

    • Hi Donna. My apologies for taking so long to reply. I had hoped that I could find the time to think about how best to make it into a double or queen sized quilt, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. The best that I can suggest is that I’ll make a completely new trip around the world quilt in quen size and make it a Friday project.

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