Well, I’m sorry.  I said I’d take pictures but I got into such a ‘flow’ that I just went ahead and finished the flimsy.  Now, I’ll have to do more work with my trusty photo-editing software to mockup the intermediate steps.  I really wanted to show how easily this Trip around the World pattern goes together.  Last time, I had the strips cut from the tubes lying beside each other and labelled.  On the left is a picture of a finished quarter.  This uses 12 of your 48 strips, so you make 3 more quarters.  Notice that you’ve got 11 fabrics and 12 strips so the quarters are not square.  This will be important later.

In order to make arranging the quarters easy, do this:  Stack them all on top of each other so that all the fabrics are identically arranged in the 4 quarters.  This is also a good time to check for errors: missing rows, strips sewn together out of order, whatever.

Just so we’re oriented the same, make the diagonal go the same as my quarter picture above.  Now, to arrange the Trip around the World flimsy, pick up the top 3 quarters.  (The quarter you didn’t pick up will be the top righthand quadrant of the flimsy)  Rotate the 3 clockwise a quarter turn.  Put the 3 quarters down below the one quarter that you didn’t pick up, aligning the righthand edges.  Pick up the top 2 quarters, rotate them a quarter turn clockwise.  (The quarter you didn’t pick up will be the bottom righthand quadrant)  Put the 2 down to the left of the second quarter, aligning the bottom edges.  Pick up the top of the 2 stacked quarters, rotate a quarter turn clockwise and put it in the last spot aligning both outside edges.  Notice that there’s a square missing in the middle of the flimsy-to-be.  We’ll be adding that in a minute.

arrangement #1

arrangement #2

Before you cut the centre square, you can turn each quarter 180 degrees and see if you like that arrangement better for the final flimsy.  Once you’ve picked the arrangement you like the best, you can audition fabrics for the centre square. Cut a 2.5″ by 2.5″ square.  I picked #1 because I liked how the deep red on-point square in the diagonal of the quarters came to a point but both would have been acceptable.  Depending on the initial arrangement of your fabrics, when you’re sewing the wof’s together, these two alternatives could be dramatically different.

The centre square will be added by the partial seam method.  Here’s how that works.  Say we start with the lower lefthand quarter.  Align the quarter and the centre square along their top edges and sew your centre square from its middle to the top edge.  So, half of it is not attached to the quarter.  Trust me, this will all become clear in a second.  Now that the top edge of this quarter is 12 squares long, it can be sewn to the top lefthand quarter.  When both lefthand quarters are attached, the top lefthand quarter’s right edge will also now be 12 squares because the centre square is now attached to it.  That means the top righthand quarter can now be attached.  Then only the last quarter remains to be attached.  Now it will become clear why you left the centre square half unattached.  Isn’t that clever?

Now that the flimsy centre is all done,  you add borders to bring it up to size or make it look the way you want and the flimsy is ALL done.  Mine measures just short of 60″.  Yay!  This one was so fun!  Here’s a detail look too – click a couple of times.  I love the fabric of the narrow dark border.  It goes well with the outside green border.  I really love this flimsy.  Can you tell?

Next tasks:  make the back for this flimsy and get quilting the current quilt on the frame. I’d be so pleased to be able to get this Trip around the World quilt done for Thursday’s class. But it may not happen.

Tomorrow I have to go visit a lady with a service dog.  I’ve been asked to sew service dog vests for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.  They have also taken on training and placing service dogs.  These dogs pick up things you’ve dropped, pull off socks, turn on lights, press the handicap door button, open refrigerator doors, all kinds of amazing things.  I’ve been sewing for Guide Dogs for many years.  They give beany baby dogs as awards to people that participate in fundraisers.  These dogs are dressed with a tiny guide dog vest.  I’ve sewn literally thousands of these things.  So, sewing larger items will be a treat.

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  1. Sarah Craig says:

    So pretty, Rita! And I love that you showed more of the process!! Good luck getting it quilted – I really want to get mine on the frame too, but it may not happen this week….

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