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January 31st, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World

by Julie Hirt

This quilt block is called a Scrappy Trip Around the World. Also known in my world as Rippin Stitches.

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You know the old saying, “If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you?”  My smart teenage mouth usually replied with, “probably”.  Well… I’ve been seeing TONS of the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks on Instragram, Twitter and the Blogworld.  So I’ve jumped the cliff and joined in.

Tutorial is at Quiltville.  It’s genius. Really.

You can make your blocks all matchy-matchy with jelly rolls, use coordinating fabrics, or go crazy with assorted scraps. I’ve decided on the latter having never made a scrap quilt.  I’m really excited about it!  I tried to keep out some of the plaids and darks. I knew I hoarded scraps for a reason.

There is also a Scrappy Trip Along Flickr group and the Instagram hashtag is #scrappytripalong . photo 2

I’ve cut up 180 strips, so I’ll have enough for thirty 12″ blocks. At the rate I’m going (4 the first day, 5 last night) it probably won’t take long at all. I’m already loving it!  Happy Scrappy Trippin.


November 1st, 2014

Scrappy Bee – Round 7

by Julie Hirt

Signs ups are OPEN!





We use Quiltville’s Scrappy Trip Along the World tutorial using 6 fabric strips. The block you mail needs to measure 12.5″. It is very important that we all use the same tutorial and follow the pattern.

Quilt shop quality fabrics. You are receiving quality fabrics, make sure you are sending the same. This mainly means no Joann’s or big box store fabrics, with a few exceptions like Kona, Denise Schmidt and Juliana Horner. If you are questioning a fabric, ask the recipient or your group.

Mail your block out by the correct date. I know life happens and sometimes gets in the way. But, if you say you can’t mail out your blocks in time and your group sees you posting photos of other projects, it’s one of those “umm…” moments. You know? Just be considerate.

There are 6 people per hive, you will make 5 blocks and receive 5 blocks.

When you sign up you may suggest yours blocks be made with color preferences: dark center strip, no black, low volume, brights, etc. Do your best to honor your hives preferences.

Need to be willing to ship internationally. There are quite a few international members and that’s what makes this fun and truly a “Scrappy Trip Around the World”.  It can be expensive and I do my best to limit the international members to 2 per hive.

The rounds take place 4 times per year:

  • Sign ups May 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by July 15
  • Sign ups August 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by October 15
  • Sign ups November 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by January 15
  • Sign ups February 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by April 15

Sign up HERE.

Make sure you are a member of the Flickr Group and check in regularly!


July 31st, 2013

Scrappy Bee & Thursday Linky Party

by Julie Hirt

It’s that time!

The first round of the Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee is wrapping up and sign ups for Round 2 are open.   We’d love for you to join – it’s open to everyone.


The Flickr page with more information can be found here.  All you need to do is join the Flickr group and fill out this form.


Grab a Button – Get the Code

Basics:  You make 5 Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and receive 5 from your honeycomb members.  Mailing deadline is October 15th.

Let’s check out a couple of the link ups from last week:


This amazing Sequoia thread play by Julia at Life as a Quilter.

Watermelon coasters from Ingrid at the Sewing Lab.  She even provides a free pattern!

Sweet little pouch from Sandy (I will call her lattegirl in my head, always) at Upstairs Hobby Room.

grab the button code


  1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
  2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button on your site or link in your blog post.
  3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
  4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!






July 28th, 2014

Gypsy Wife Blocks +

by Julie Hirt

I’m having a great summer, are you?  The only drawback to spending so much time outdoors is not sewing as much.  I’ve been sewing in spurts and on Saturday I got caught up on my Gypsy Wife blocks.


Gyspy Wife June

I really like how the Crazy Anne (left, bottom corner) turned out even if my points are terrible.


Gypsy Wife July

My original goal was to ONLY use scraps and try not to repeat too many patterns.  I finally had to cut into my stash, but I like that I’m still using up a lot of scraps.  Now August is only a few days away and I will *not* let myself fall behind again!


This summer also ended another round of the Scrappy Trip Bee. I received some awesome blocks but unfortunately haven’t taken a picture yet.


Sign ups for the next round begin August 1st!  Check back here for details.


Amanda at the What the Bobbin has an ongoing swap of Fussy Cut blocks. <3  Here is my take on the ‘text’ theme. I didn’t realize how few text fabrics I actually have. I have quite a few small text prints, but I thought that may be kinda boring for the centers.

Fussy Cut Swap


And… check this out!

zeppelin potholder

Teresa Down Under made a super cute potholder tutorial. I LOVE this version using my free Zeppelin paper piecing pattern.


Here is one of the reasons why my summer lacks sewing. We spend a lot of time at Lake of the Ozarks and the weather has been terrific this summer. I love spending time outdoors, especially if I’m near a body of water.



Be sure to check back in – I’ll be hosting an Aurifil giveaway soon!




April 18th, 2014

Sunny Dress Romper

by Julie Hirt

This is quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever made.

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The pattern is Sunny Dress & Bloomers by Felicity Patterns on Etsy.

The pattern image has cute embroidery detail that I would have loved to use.  I tested different colors of thread and the embroidery was just lost in this print.  It’s definitely a must on the next one.

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Rose Bud Romper is the original pattern I wanted. Totally adorable, right??

I plan on buying that pattern as well and just chose the Sunny Dress first because I didn’t have elastic.  You know what it’s like when you are in the mood to make something that very second? Yeah, that happened.

Sunny Dress 627handworks (2)

The back of it is super cute as well with the ruffle butt along the back side.

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The fabric is by Lisette  (Liesl & Co) and it almost has a vintage/feedsack vibe.  The fabric, combined with the pattern, makes me feel nostalgic in a way.

Not sure if I’ll make the bloomers for this one (bit short on the fabric), but I’ll definitely make this pattern again.  I made size 1 which says 12-18 months.



  • Triangle Quilt: I still have a few rows to stitch together so I’m a bit behind.  I hope to get caught up before it’s all over!
  • Birthday Bash:  Mailing Nicole’s present today. I meant to last week but had a few things I wanted to add.
  • Scrappy Trip:  Round 4 just ended – Round 5 starts May 1st.



March 26th, 2014

Gypsy Wife March + Fussy Cut Swap

by Julie Hirt

Here are my March blocks for the Gypsy Wife Quilt Along.

I’m forcing myself to work strictly from my scraps (I need a reason to keep them), so it’s pretty hodgepodge.

Gypsy Wife March

A little rant…  If I’m going to be honest, I have to say this quilt pattern is kicking my ass.   The block sizes are for ‘finished’ blocks, which I could care less about.  I really need to know the size the blocks should be when I’m making them.  After it’s all put together, I don’t really care what size they are (finished).  The pattern seems to jump all around and I just can’t follow it very well. Hmph.

That being said, I think it’s totally worth doing because the end result looks insanely awesome.  I’m sure other people can follow this pattern perfectly; my brain just doesn’t mesh with this one.  I will say, it’s definitely making me think.


The Pershing block may be my favorite so far.  It was really fun picking out the fabrics.


Fussy Cut!  I love this swap.  It’s hosted with Amanda at What the Bobbin and I believe it will be an ongoing monthly swap with different themes.

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The theme was woodland. I may have missed the mark a little but fox live in the woods!  Probably not *these* fancy fox, but still.

fussy fox (3)

I think they look dapper.

fussy fox (1)


I’m also participating in a really fun Birthday Bash Swap with Stephanie at Quarter Incher.  I’m the first recipient and it’s freaking FANTASTIC!  I’m blown away by the generosity. I’ll have a separate post with all of those goodies.

Let’s see, what else…

  • Just finished up a small project for Moda Bakeshop and have another to work on. I think they’ll be published in April.
  • My design wall is –blank–.  Woot!  Which quilt to make next? I have a few ideas.
  • I need to make the April Birthday Girl her present.
  • Need to quilt a top I made last year, that I’m just not feeling.
  • Oh!  I still need to make my Scrappy Trip blocks for my hive. Yikes
  • A wall flag thing for my brother…

The list goes on but I’ll stop there.

So what are you working on?  Did you anything fun for Spring Break?





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