I’m not sure when the Trip Around the World quilt pattern first came into being, but back in the day, the squares were pieced individually, often times hand-pieced.
I remember, when I was small, my mom had one laid out on our basement floor (the pieces were all clothing scraps, of 1960s-1970s double-knits–it lives with my sister today). She had it laid out and carefully pinned, and as she tells the story, on more than one occasion, my little brother and I went down to the basement to play and would shuffle our feet across/through her quilt top, so she had to start again laying it all out. Hearsay? Could be, I only remember the pieces and the pins, I don’t recall the mischief making I allegedly partook in.
This one (from the quilt show we went to the first weekend in October) is amazing, the prints make a flawless watercolor blend of color and pattern…
Today, we would make this using a rotary cutter and a strip piecing technique, not individually cut squares (cut with a template and a scissors!) and aside from making sure you were piecing rows together without flipping them the wrong direction, it would go together rather quickly. Not these vintage beauties… just imagine the time and attention to detail these quilt makers employed! Here is another one, very similar coloration; check out the edge and the binding:
And one that incorporates a rectangular piece rather than a square:
And I’ve always admired this variation, very much like Katy’s QAL in 2010:
The fabrics in this quilt are to die for, I could have gawked at it for an hour or two:
Have you ever made a Trip Around the World (or a variation)?
Is this a quilt pattern that is on your Bucket List?