January 20, 2020

Scrappy Trip Quilt Along Update

Hello Scrappy Trippers :) Welcome back! If you've kept up the last two weeks, you've cut all your strips and made the first 4 blocks. If you're like me, you got excited and sewed more than that. Haha! This next week we will be sewing 4 more blocks (bringing us to 8 total) and then every week after that we will be sewing 3 block until we are finished.


I decided to finish this version for the sew along, rather than the Christmas one, which was feeling stale this time of year. Don't worry, I still love it and I'll get back to it! Maybe we'll do another sew along in the fall. I am loving this springy version with Riley Blake Sunshine background, Riley White accent, and Granny Chic by Lori Holt. I can't wait to make more of it.


If you're new to the party (never too late, always welcome!) you can read the Scrappy Trip Quilt Along Introductory Post here.

Schedule (start dates):
Jan. 6- Cutting
Jan. 13- 4 blocks
Jan. 20- 4 blocks
Jan. 27- 3 blocks
Feb. 3- 3 blocks
Feb. 10- 3 blocks
Feb. 17- 3 blocks
Feb. 24- assemble quilt top
Mar. 2- last prize

I'll see you back here on the blog in 3 weeks for some progress shots and thoughts, and to announce some really great prizes! Meanwhile you can get frequent updates on Instagram. Here are the prizes for the last 2 weeks:

The winner for week 1 was @leah4837, who won a $50 gift card to The Quilt Spot and specifically their awesome line of sewing-related jewelry and accessories. So fun!


The winner for week 2 was/is @quilting_grammy, receiving a free pattern download from I Sew Stuff, as well as a hand dyed-mandala from Traveling Dye Co. 


There are some amazing prizes coming up to be sure to post your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #wwscrappytrip so I can see it. That hashtag is turning out to be AMAZING. You guys are the best! See you back here soon.

January 2, 2020

Scrappy Trip Quilt Along: Cutting and first blocks

Hello again and welcome to the official start of the quilt along! This week and next we will be cutting our fabric, and then making the first 4 blocks. So many of you have excitedly worked ahead, which I understand completely! There have been a lot of questions that I've struggled to keep up with between the holidays and visitors, so thank you for your patience with me. I am doing my best to explain a lot of different concepts. Let's all remember that it's free and it's for fun :)

Side note: I do not know why ads have starting showing up within posts, and I do not know how to make it stop. I hate them and I'm sorry!





Many questions can be answered in my last blog post, or on Instagram highlights, and I hope to answer many more today. If you're still wondering about fabric requirements, or schedule, or any other details be sure to check out the Scrappy Trip Quilt Along post from last time. 

Now for the cutting instructions!

No matter how you go about it, in the end you need (160) 2.5" strips that are half the WOF, so about 21" long. This is for the 64" x 80" quilt, with 20 blocks. (If you are wanting to make a queen size, you'll need to make 36 blocks, which is nearly double the fabric at 288 strips.) 

-For those of you using 2 jelly rolls for this quilt, your cutting is super easy. Just cut every strip in half! Your pieces will be about 21" x 2.5". You don't need to trim off the selvages, they will get trimmed later in the process. (Unless they really bug you, you can go ahead!)

-If you're using 12 FQs and background, you'll need to cut (7) 2.5" strips from each FQ. Make sure you're cutting from the length of the FQ, not the width, so your strips are about 21" long. If your FQs are cut without any extra, you only have 1/2" of wiggle room, so cut carefully. Once again, no need to trim the selvage unless you want to. You need 80 total, so you'll have 4 left over in the end. 

-If you're using yardage for background, cut (40) 2.5" strips and cut those in half. If you struggle to cut straight strips, I've shown how I do that in the "More Tips" highlight

-From 24 FQs, same thing! 7 strips from each, there will be just a few extra in the end. 

-If using an accent diagonal, cut (10) 2.5" x WOF strips, and cut each in half for 20 total.




Now for the blocks:

If you don't know how to make the Scrappy Trip blocks, watch this video. If you can't see all the words on the bottom, click on the icon in the lower left corner to make it bigger. 

Each version has only 2 blocks that alternate, so 10 of each type. Each block starts with (8) 2.5" x 21" strips, whether that be 8 scrappy prints, 4 prints and 4 background, or an accent substituted in there somewhere. 

If you're doing full scrappy, either with 2 print Jelly rolls, or 24 FQs, you have a lot of wiggle room. Start unpicking wherever you want! Just make sure half of them have the diagonal stripes going up, and half of them going down, with rows pressed up and down accordingly, if you want your seams to all nest. 



You do not need to make your colors match up as I've done in the diagram, unless you want to. When I made this quilt below, I didn't really plan at all. Since there isn't a lot of contrast in the fabrics I used, it mattered even less where I chose to place colors. 
This is my niece Isla. She took this quilt home with her to Utah today, and we miss her terribly already!

If you're doing a background fabric for every other row (with no accent), your two blocks will look like this. Make 10 of each. 


In my first blog post about my Gooseberry with white version, I talked about starting with either a print or a white in each corner, but that was only for making blocks with diagonals going all one way, and then rotating every other. Since then I've found it much easier to always start with a print in the upper right corner, deliberately go up or down with the diagonal each time, make sure rows are nesting by pressing opposite directions, and build the quilt as you go. You can wait until the end to decide block placement, but then you'll be tempted to rotate things around, seams won't nest, and headaches will ensue :) Believe me, I've done it both ways a few times.



Ok- here's where we throw a wrench in the works! The accent diagonal (totally optional) can either be put in place of a print, or background. In my birthday Ombre Confetti version, it was in place of a print, so I had 4 background strips, 3 prints, and 1 accent. In the Granny Chic version I've started this week in stories with background yellow, the accent is in place of a background strip, so I have 4 prints, 3 yellow, and 1 white accent. Either way, the accent is always going to be located in the same place in your 2 blocks, like this:

Accent diagonal in place of prints, so 3 print strips, 4 background, 1 accent-



Accent diagonal in place of background, so 4 print strips, 3 background, and 1 accent-


Notice that either way, the accent is in the same spot- from corner to corner descending in Block A, and ascending starting 2nd spot up from the bottom in Block B, with one square alone in the lower right. 

This will ensure that you have a continuous chain throughout your quilt, though it won't line up in all the corners of your quilt. If you want to just do it from corner to corner in each block, you will have 4 accent squares meeting at the corners of each block, which is also a fun look. 

Tip! It's easy to start unpicking on the accent square for Block A, but for B it can be confusing. Start by unpicking the accent square first, place it in the second row up, then figure out what goes below it, then build above it. 

I hope that clears a lot of things up. Prizes will be announced in Instagram, picked from participants who use the hashtag #wwscrappytrip. I don't really mind what stage you're at along the way as long as you're participating to win a prize. I'm not going to be counting anyone's blocks! I won't have blog posts here every week, so make sure to check in with Instagram. 



If you have any further questions you can email me at woodberrywayblog@gmail.com, and I will probably share the response on IG so everyone can benefit from it. Thank you for your excitement in doing this quilt together, I can't wait to see your blocks!

December 23, 2019

Scrappy Trip Quilt Along!

You guys, this is so exciting. We are doing a Scrappy Trip Along! For years people have asked about this, and it is finally happening. I love this quilt design as you know- I think it's a really fun method, and I love the look. You can check out all the different version I've made if you're interested.

Red/White/Blue Classic Scrappy
Gooseberry Enlarged Block with White Background
Planned Diagonal Ombre with Gold Metallic
Pink and Blue Enlarged Block Scrappy


There's going to be lots of hand holding for those of you who have concerns :) I've already started posting to my Scrappy Trip Highlight circle on my Instagram profile. There are quite a few videos there with all sorts of thoughts and tips. I really recommend checking that out if you have questions about the pattern or process at all.

#1 FAQ- Where can I find the pattern? If you are feeling confused as to where to find the pattern, you are not alone, because there is no official pattern! I know, annoying. But never fear.

Scrappy Trip is a technique that I learned on Bonnie Hunter's blog Quiltville where she has a tutorial. I have played around with that technique quite a bit because I love it. For this quilt along we are doing a larger block in order to maximize Jelly roll and Fat Quarter sized strips. I first used that technique on my Gooseberry Scrappy Trip. Because the technique was not my idea, I am not going to publish any sort of an official pattern or download for it. But because Bonnie's tutorial is also free, I don't feel bad adapting it and sharing how I do it. Like I mentioned, I have endless tips and tricks on the Scrappy Trip Highlight circle on my Instagram profile.

You can watch a video here to see how to make the blocks:

Scrappy Trip Block Directions

This time I am using Riley Blake fabric- Granny Chic by Lori Holt for the prints, and Confetti Cotton in Sunshine for the background, and an accent diagonal in Riley White. I've not historically been a yellow person but it's really been growing on me the last few years and I'm always down for trying something new. I have high hopes for it!


I've also started a Christmas version, and I may do that instead for the quilt along. I haven't decided!



#2 FAQ- How much fabric do I need?

This part is flexible. You can mix and match according to your needs.

Option 1-  1 print Jelly Roll and 1 background Jelly Roll, or 2 print Jelly Rolls

Option 2-  12 FQs of prints and 3 yds background, or 24 FQ prints

You can switch these around, for example, 1 Jelly Roll and 3 yds of background would work, and so would 12 FQs and a background Jelly Roll. Make sense? At the end of the day, you need (160) 2.5" x 21"ish strips of fabric, or (80) 2.5" x WOF (to be cut in half).

This is for a 64" x 80" quilt, 20 blocks total. Your choice whether it has a background like this one, or all prints. I love doing it both ways!



Here is the schedule we are going to be following. It's a nice easy pace so if you need to start after the holidays and catch up, no worries at all. Blog posts will go every other Monday, and all weekly prizes will be announced on Instagram.

Sign up for emails HERE!

Schedule (start dates):
Jan. 6- Cutting
Jan. 13- 4 blocks
Jan. 20- 4 blocks
Jan. 27- 3 blocks
Feb. 3- 3 blocks
Feb. 10- 3 blocks
Feb. 17- 3 blocks
Feb. 24- assemble quilt top
Mar. 2- last prize

Of course work ahead if you'd like! I'm not stopping you :)


Now for the PRIZES! That's what makes it so fun, along with doing it all together. There will be a prize every week for participating by posting on IG with the hashtag #wwscrappytrip. Here is a sampling of some of our prizes. I am thrilled in advance for the winners, so much fun! I've included some photo examples of their work or products that I thought were lovely.



$50 Gift Card for sewing themed jewelry at The Quilt Spot

















Free Pattern download from I Sew Stuff
SEWING PATTERN The Pedal Pusher Bike Basket Liner PDF Digital image 0

Free digitized longarm quilting from Taralong Dotted Lines Designs

Image may contain: stripes

Smitten Jelly Roll from Crimson Confection
Smitten Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics image 0
2 patterns and a coupon from Briar Hill Designs






























$35 towards quilting fees from Dixie Creek Quilting


A beautiful hand dyed mandala from Traveling Dye Co. 

















A half yard bundle of pastel Riley Blake solids from Simply Love Fabrics




















Starlit Quilts to be announced here! 

Thank you so much prize donors for making this fun! 

Let me know if you have any questions. The best way to reach me is email woodberrywayblog@gmail.com.   

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and I will see you after the festivities!           

December 13, 2019

Rainbow Fabric Bundles

Hello dear fabric lovers! I have some rainbows to share with you today. This is my latest rainbow, made of all basics from Riley Blake. I love to get particular about colors and thought some of you may want to know the names of each, because I sure would!


Confetti Cottons (solids): Peaches and cream, Mango Tango, Crayola Melon, Sunshine, Celery, Peridot, Songbird, Aquamarine, Sky, Wisteria
1/8" stripe: Aqua, Lipstick
White Swiss Dots on: Lavender, Coral, Lipstick, Cayenne, Yellow, Green, Mint, Scuba
1/8" Small Gingham Check: Teal, Coral
Small Dots: Rouge, Yellow, Green

I don't have a plan for them all together, though they do look pretty that way!

Here are a few other rainbows I've created over the years, some shops still have kits for them if you're interested.

The first one was my Muted Rainbow bundle with Fabric Bubb and accompanying striped quilt pattern.





These ones are all Kona, and the names are:

Pale Flesh (now called Shell I think?)
Dusty Peach
Rose
Plum
Deep Rose 
Gold
Curry
Wasabi
Pickle
Lime
Celadon
Seafoam
Fog
Delft

After that I did a brighter, cooler rainbow with another free pattern, this time for two smaller quilts and a pillow from the same cuts. I called it Rainbow Remix!

Bright Rainbow Bundle by Woodberry Way



The names of these ones are from different manufacturers. I am very persnickety about colors and often can't find the ones that I want that work together from just one maker, so finding this particular bunch is a bit trickier.

Free Spirit Sapphire 
Moda Bella Regatta 
Kona Jade Green 
Tula Aegean 
Free Spirit Julep 
Free Spirit Cricket 
Free Spirit Pear 
Tula Limeade 
Kona Grellow 
Free Spirit Persimmon 
Tula Hibiscus 
Kona Punch 
Moda Bella Shocking Pink 
Kona Cerise

I also have another bundle with Fabric Bubb that is a sort of rainbow that I used for my Shiny Brights quilt. 



Next up, I've been wanting to do a pastel rainbow, but like I said, it's hard to find the right thing all within one brand. I think I'm close though! These are Riley Blake Confetti Cottons and I've got a new free pattern coming up with them in the Spring. 




Wisteria
Sky
Songbird
Peridot
Celery
Sunshine
Honeysuckle/Apricot Blush?
Mango Tango
Peaches and Cream

I love making rainbow pulls with prints as well, you can see some of them at #wwfabricpulls or #wwrainbowquilt.

I hope that helps you with any rainbow-inspired projects! I'll be back soon with details about the upcoming Scrappy Trip Quilt Along. Hooray! 

Best of luck preparing for the holidays. See you soon!

November 4, 2019

First Snow Finale!

I'm so happy to have had a successful quilt along with you all. Thank you so much for participating and sharing your wonderful creations! It really is a fun and special thing.


I really love how the colors turned out, it's just how I imagined. I used Riley Blake Peaches and Cream with Riley white and mixed FQs from my stash, and I think the contrast is just right. I also love how soft Riley Blake Confetti Cottons are!

Mine is sent off to @knotandthread for quilting, and I want to celebrate some of your finishes! Don't forget Kaitlyn is offering 20% off edge to edge quilting for all participants. You have until Dec. 31st to get them to her! Still time yet. Not let's take a look at these beauties.



@courtcrafts82 is already done!







And more where those came from! You can see them all at #firstsnowquilt. This isn't a quick finish and I'm so proud of you all for persisting, on a timeline. That's something that's hard for me, and I'm just as proud of myself for finishing in time, heaven knows I've had trouble with that in the past. I'm also really excited to use it at Christmas! Thanks so much for joining me, I really appreciate it. 

The last winner, who gets to enjoy free quilting from Lindsay at The House of Elle, is....


Lindsay at The House of Elle has a beautiful website full of lovely things, feel free to check it out. Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this quilt along fun! Be sure to look through their great shops and services. 




I will take a little break from quilt alongs through the holidays, and after that will resume with Where Love Is. I can't wait to work on that one! Heart quilts are my top 3 favorites with stars, and stripes. This one is a lot simpler than First Snow, and will have some fun new variations releasing with the paper pattern, like the differing backgrounds from fat quarters. See you then! And probably a couple of times in between, and always on Instagram :)



October 27, 2019

First Snow Quilt Along- Borders!

Hello dear snowflake sewists. I apologize for being a week late on this step of the quilt along. We are mostly settled into our new home, and putting borders on this was the very first thing I sewed in my new space! I'll show you how the sewing room is coming in a bit.


I am over the moon about this quilt top! One thing that stood out to me this time was how much easier/faster it seemed than when I made this same pattern 3 years ago. That is a testament to practice and experience, and I love that part of being a human! "That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) What a wonderful thing. For the record, the first time it was verrrry tedious for me!


I'm very pleased with the contrast level of the Riley Blake Peaches and Cream and Riley White, I think it balanced just right. I'm sending this off to Kaitlyn @knotandthread this week, as she is the official discounted longarmer for this quilt along. 20% off! Woo hoo! Mine is on the way to her as we speak.


This week's prize is free long arming of your quilt top with @fiveonsunny, and the winner is @janp325! I have worked with Amanda a few times this year and I'm excited for you to get to use her services. She quilted the 6" sampler in my last post.


A few people have reached out to me about pressing issues when putting the blocks together. I think I talked about this in stories on IG, but I should have mentioned it here too. I have learned a thing or two about pressing since I wrote that pattern and I think the best way would be to press the final two seams for each block the opposite of what it says in the pattern, then rotate every other block. That way, the seams will nest and those points will be easier. If that doesn't make any sense feel free to contact me about it!

Finally, here are the beginnings of my new sewing space! I'm sure I'll still move things around as I unpack and find the best system in here. I think this is supposed to be a dining room, but heaven knows we don't need two dining spaces in this family! It will get much more use this way :) I am excited to not have all of this packed into my bedroom anymore, and I think my husband is too, haha!  The rug is from Target and the dots are vinyl stickers cut with my friend's Circut. This is the black matte vinyl I used.


Pretty fun stuff! I will see you next week (after catchup, if you need it) for the final prize winner! I'm so grateful to you that have sewn along with me on this one, I love looking at all of yours and I'm thrilled that I have a new Christmas quilt this year. See you soon! Next week's prize is more free quilting from House of Elle!