scrappy to & fro across the globe

by Nova on August 4, 2013

While Scrappy Trip around the World fever spread across blogland, I was  taking a much more literal approach.

In our latest correspondence quilt my mum & I have been exchanging  2″ scrappy squares in letters over the past year & a bit.
We cut 2 of everything, kept 1 & sent 1 so we each ended up with the same fabrics.
We sent them in batches of more than 1 at a time though, that would have been  ridiculous & taken  f o  r  e  v  e  r  !

Inspired by the layout of the gorgeous single chain quilt from Denyse Schmidt’s  Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration book,  with a scrappy twist! We’re both making this  design :)

scrappy trip across the globe2

It’s such a nice feeling to know we have both ended up with the same fabrics in our quilts :) a little of each others scrap stash & all without making a dent in either, funny how that works!

It is HUGE.

scrappy trip across the globe

& no, the pieced blocks are not all going in the same direction! It wouldn’t be one of my quilts if there wasn’t a bit of topsy- turviness somewhere in it!


scraps = 2″ squares of shared scrappy love. (1.5″ finished)
background = Kona Snow
block size (finished) =10.5″
quilt top approx = 73.5″ x 94.5″
quilting ideas = to follow……


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

benta August 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

oh Nova, what a great idea, and what a fab top, an Irish chin is on my list for this summer!

ps do you ever use your capture code? this is my 6th attempt this time :-(


Sally August 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Nova, this is such a lovely idea, and the quilt top you have put together is beautiful :) Is your mum making the same style of quilt or something completely different with her squares?


Ruth August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

What a wonderful way to make a quilt and its stunning!


Lorraine August 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It’s REALLY lovely . I have a bag of 2.5 ” squares looking for a home , this may be it :)


Camilla August 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Gorgeous! And what a lovely sharing thing with your Mum. So lovely to receive something tangible and loved in the post! Look forward to hopefully seeing what you mum’s quilt is like too?!


Katy August 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I love the idea of a correspondence quilt. My mum and I do more direct trades, I sew, she knits :o)


Andrea Kollath August 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I made this a favorit on flickr it´s just amazing!


kathyh August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

I love the pieced blocks.
What a fun way to connect with your mom.

I have problems with the captcha code too.


Nina August 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

What a sweet idea! And a gorgeous quilt top too. Do you have a minimum scrap size for keeping? How do you decide what’s too small to hang on to?


Angela August 5, 2013 at 2:32 am

Love this!! I have about 1400 2 inch squares and I’m thinking a couple hundred will be put towards making this quilt! :)


Jo @ a life in lists August 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

Oh that’s such a lovely idea! I with my mother was remotely interested in quilting. Although possibly not quite as poignant from 90 miles away… I need to find a quilty penpal!


Flying Blind August 5, 2013 at 5:08 am

What a great way to make a quilt, and it looks fantastic xxx


Willit Neverend August 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

What a lovely way to keep each other close.


Meredithe August 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

What a fabulous idea!! You’re so lucky to have a mum who quilts too.


Julie August 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

What a lovely idea. My sister and I send each other scraps – but we haven’t done a project together yet.


Lynn August 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

SO beautiful! I absolutely love this! I must try something like this someday!



Lori August 6, 2013 at 1:38 am


Do you have a pattern or link to a pattern for your quilt? I would love to give it a go.

Thank you, Lori


Dina August 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Lovely! I approve of doing the pieced blocks this way and that. When I noticed it, I thought, “YES! Love that!” I love how you did this with your mom… My mom and I did a Christmas quilt rather like that, and it still feels special because of that cooperation. I’ll put my 2 cents in about the captcha, too. I hate them. I understand why people use it, but I hate the captcha.


Nova August 7, 2013 at 4:44 am

hello! thank you for all your lovely comments & by now you will have received answers to questions in your inbox’s.

I just wanted to leave a little note here about captcha code. Apologies if it has been causing issues for you too. I only have it because I need it – believe me, I dislike them as much as you.

As explained already to the commenters above, for whatever reason this blog receives a lot of spam comments, which is a bit of a nuisance to say the least. Without the captcha code my inbox would not cope, nor would my sanity (last month I had 1500 spam comments). A few still slip through. grrr.

If anyone has a better fix to this problem I would love to hear & am happy to give it a go. Until then, sorry peeps but the captcha stays. Thanks for understanding.

If you are a spammer & you’re reading this, please get a life. Learn to sew or knit or something nice instead.



Jeifner August 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

I love this version of the Irish Chain. Even more wonderful that you and your mother are sharing fabrics for it. That’ll be full of memories.


katie August 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

So crisp and clean looking!


Lynne August 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Love your quilt. Love how you’ve varied the way you’ve put the pieced blocks in. Love that you and your mum shared fabrics.

As for capcha, I find it hard to read but I understand why you have it. Mollie, from making quilts from scraps (or is it stash?) has a simple arithmetic question for hers. That works well and is easy and simple.


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