It started with a hashtag on Instagram that I couldn’t help stalking – #scrappytripalong. There I was quietly enjoy my Christmas holiday at my future in-law’s house and I see all these awesome patchwork quilt blocks popping up all over the place and I had to find the tutorial to see what all the excitement was about. I discovered that Scrappy Trips Around the World by Quiltville is a super easy pattern and super fun to make! Instead of cutting hundreds of tiny squares, you cut 6 strips of fabric, sew them up, cut that up, unpick a couple threads, and sew up those strips and TaDaa! you sewed a 36 patch block with very little effort and tons of instant gratification!

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along Blocks

I don’t have much time to sew personal projects between my full time job and Mochi Studios, but it was very easy for me to find a half hour here and there to sew up a block or two so this was the perfect project for me to kick off the new year! I admit, I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder so I had some kawaii fabrics I had bought and saved for years that I decided to finally cut into for this project. I’m glad I did because it’s even more satisfying to see your favorite fabrics used and sewn together into a future treasured quilt. You’ll find mushrooms, Care Bears, Hello Kitty, storybook characters, smiling flowers, deer and mushrooms from Toyland by Bored Inc. and other cute precious prints that I’ve been saving for the perfect project like this!

      Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Blocks     Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Folded

18 days later, I made 42 blocks! That’s 1,512 tiny squares! 2 days after that I finished piecing the quilt top! That’s seriously, the fastest I’ve ever made a quilt top AND it’s the biggest quilt top I’ve ever made! What? This has never happened before. I usually start a quilting project, sew about 20 percent of it before I start another quilt or get distracted by life. I haven’t finished a quilt top in three years and I finished this one in less than a month! Trust me, this quilt comes together very quickly! Sonja finished piecing her quilt top in 3 days! Katy is already finished her fourth Scrappy Trips quilt since Christmas! I’m super slow compared to them but just as happy with how quickly my Scrappy Trips came together!

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along Front Close Up 6

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along Front

For the back, I didn’t have 6 yards of any fabric and the whole inspiration for this quilt was to use up my scraps so I played around with my scraps and made a giant wonky star in a star in a star for the back using Quiltville’s Maverick Star technique. I pieced the back in one day and I love it just as much as the front!

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along Front Back

I sew on a very small Janome machine that I’ve never used for quilting anything bigger than a baby quilt so instead of ruining it with my amateur quilting, I decided to splurge and send it to my friend Natalia at Piece N Quilt to long arm machine quilt it for me. I’m soooooo happy I did because I can’t get over how amazing her beautiful quilting is! I love her graceful baptist fans and it’s seriously stunning in person! It’s the perfect pattern for this scrappy patchworky quilt! I chose Dream Wool batting too which is so squishy and luxurious, I can’t wait to wrap myself up in it!

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along Front Close Up 1

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Back with Shadow and Light

For binding, of course, I had to go scrappy! The binding couldn’t have been more perfect. I had some leftover strips from making the quilt blocks that were 2.5″ wide, which is the same width for binding, so I sewed them together and added a couple other 2.5″ strips for 330″ of cute scrappy binding! Hand stitching down the binding is one of my favorite parts of quilting that I rarely get to do since it’s so rare that I actually finish a quilt. I love these lil binding clips from Clover I got recently too. They’re much better than getting stabbed all the time with pins. Binding is perfect for after-dinner TV-watching sewing.

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Binding     Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Binding Rolled Up

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Sewing the Binding     Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Sewing the Binding

And here it is! My Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along quilt finished in less than 2 months! OMG! I’m extremely proud of finishing this quilt and can’t wait to wash it and snuggle up in it tonight and every night! Thank you to my wonderful fiancé for taking these amazing pictures!

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Pleated

Kawaii Scrappy Trip Along - Front Shot

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Pattern: Scrappy Trips Around the World by Bonnie K Hunter aka Quiltville
Size: 72″ x 84″
Backing: Triple Maverick Star using Bonnie’s technique
Fabric: Kawaii fabrics form my stash
Batting: Quilters Dream Wool
Quilting: By Natalia at Piece N Quilt
Binding: Scrappy scraps
Flickr set: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Inspiration:  ArtisaniaI’m a Ginger Monkey, Happier Than a Bird Quilts, Lucy & Norman, Crazy Mom Quilts, Sweetfe
Started: January 2nd 2013, finished February 28th 2013.

I’m incredibly proud of finishing this quilt, the biggest quilt I’ve ever made, in less than two months. I couldn’t have done it without the inspiration of my online quilting buddies. If it wasn’t for their inspiration and encouragement, I probably would have sewn only a handful of blocks and got bored. This quilt was definitely a labor of love dedicated to my inner child who’s full of joy at all the cute fabrics sewn together over the last couple of week. Thanks to all the new friends I’ve met through this #scrappytripalong journey too! I’m on a quilting high and can’t wait to tackle my older quilts in progress!

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