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″.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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
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:
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.