Trip Around the World is the next block in our Long Time Gone Sew-along. I must confess that the thought of making this block filled me with dread… I mean, look at all those squares! But after I made it it has to have been one of the most satisfying blocks to have made. There’s some perverse pleasure in lining up all those seams. The tutorial today is very basic, because this is pretty basic patchwork. It’s just small and on a larger scale. If you’re looking for a “cheats” way to make the block without cutting out all the squares needed then head on over to Marti Michell as she’s sharing a strip technique for making this block. (She’s also got a lot of useful information and history about the block we’re covering!). Without further ado, let’s get cracking on our trip around the world.
Tutorial: Trip Around the World Block
- See tutorial for seam pressing details.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used Clover Wonder Clips to help keep my pieces in place.
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.
1. This block is all about accuracy in your seams. There’s not much to it other than that, but there’s a couple of tricks that will help you get the most out of your effort. This block will live and die by your ability to nest your seams. (If you don’t know what nesting seams means, then check out the video and information I shared for the Square in a Square Stars Block by clicking here.) If you’re lucky enough to have a design wall, or you have design boards (click here to find out about how to make or purchase your own design boards), this is a block that will benefit from being able to be laid out while you work. I put my blocks up on my design wall (as per diagram 1) to make sure I had a nice distribution of the low volume background prints and that my rainbow worked.
2. Chain piece all of your rows together (as per diagram 2). If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. This is the important step: press your seams in alternate directions. This means for row 1, press to left. Row 2, press to right. Row 3, press to left. Repeat the alternating pressing for all rows.
3. Now it’s time to join the rows. Diagram 3 shows the top two rows of my block from behind. As you can see by the arrows I’ve pressed in alternate directions so that I can nest my seams. Lay the rows, right side together, and then pin. (As you can see in Diagram 4 I pinned at every seam.) When nesting seams you should be able to use the tips of your fingers to nestle the seams against each other, you’ll be able to feel when they “click” into place.
4. You can chain piece joining the rows together. I joined them in pairs and then came back and joined the pairs, and so on and so on. (Diagram 5 shows my rows together in pairs.)
5. Once all your rows are joined give your block a good press and stand back and marvel in the beauty of all those squares!
Tip: If you like to iron your seams open, then consider investing in a Clover Mini Iron (click here to purchase). They make pressing seams in small blocks an absolute dream.
Alternate Block Information
Don’t forget that you can head on over to Snips Snippets and see what Nicole has made this week using her beloved stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Click here to visit Nicole.
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