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    Red face Please Help with Trip Around the World

    I need to make a "Trip around the World" quilt using 9 fabrics to represent 9 countries. I plan to use Bonnie Hunter's wonderful tutorial on Quiltville.com. However, I feel cutting the strips at 4" is too wide! I am picturing the fabric repeating several times over instead of just one row of each color in each quadrant. Does that make sense? How do I choose a smaller width and know how much fabric to buy and how many repeats I will have for the size I want? 2" seems too small, but 3" might work for a 2 1/2" finished strip. So someone PLEASE, PLEASE do the math for me!!! whine, whine! I hate math!!!

    The quilt needs to be about 84 x 98, which includes borders. The names of the countries will be embroidered in the borders.

    Sounds like I need to break down and buy EQ7!!!

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84 View Post
    I need to make a "Trip around the World" quilt using 9 fabrics to represent 9 countries. I plan to use Bonnie Hunter's wonderful tutorial on Quiltville.com. However, I feel cutting the strips at 4" is too wide! I am picturing the fabric repeating several times over instead of just one row of each color in each quadrant. Does that make sense? How do I choose a smaller width and know how much fabric to buy and how many repeats I will have for the size I want? 2" seems too small, but 3" might work for a 2 1/2" finished strip. So someone PLEASE, PLEASE do the math for me!!! whine, whine! I hate math!!!

    The quilt needs to be about 84 x 98, which includes borders. The names of the countries will be embroidered in the borders.

    Sounds like I need to break down and buy EQ7!!!

    Thanks!
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    Not sure if this will help or not, but Quilter's Calc says you will need 8.25 yards of fabric for the top, 9 1/3 for backing, 3/4 for binding. Just not sure how to work the magic for each color.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts View Post
    Not sure if this will help or not, but Quilter's Calc says you will need 8.25 yards of fabric for the top, 9 1/3 for backing, 3/4 for binding. Just not sure how to work the magic for each color.....
    That follows what Bonnie has on her site to buy 1 yard of each fabric. So that is one step closer! Thanks so much. Hopefully I will get at least two repeats to make it look good.
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    I would work it out on graph paper. You are going to need more and less of some fabrics as the rows get bigger around the quilt. If you can repeat some of the smaller inner rounds further out, that will help. I did one once and you need a lot of certain colours as you get near the outside round. I had to buy more and wished I'd worked it out first. Good luck.

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    Here is an EQ pic without the full coloring. It uses your 2 1/2" finished size blocks and a 5" border. It comes out to 80x95". It has 28x34 blocks. You can adjust it as you will
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Here is an EQ pic without the full coloring. It uses your 2 1/2" finished size blocks and a 5" border. It comes out to 80x95". It has 28x34 blocks. You can adjust it as you will
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! Thank looks wonderful! I will be able to print and use that! I can't thank you enough!!! Quilting friends are THE BEST!
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    I have made 4 trips around the world, but used Eleanor Burns pattern "Quick Trip". It was super easy and came together unbelievably fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    I have made 4 trips around the world, but used Eleanor Burns pattern "Quick Trip". It was super easy and came together unbelievably fast.
    Is her pattern available by itself or only in a book? Bonnie's instructions seem fairly easy. What size strips did you cut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84 View Post
    Is her pattern available by itself or only in a book? Bonnie's instructions seem fairly easy. What size strips did you cut?
    The book contains only the quick trip and variations thereof. Let me check my quilt room tomorrow for the book and I'll look up the strip width

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    FYI: I use my computer for everything and if I want to do any math or graphs, I use the Microsoft excel program.
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    When I did my Trip Around the World, I used 2 1/2 inch strips. I decided that if I ever did another, I would use larger strips. I think a 3 inch strip would look just as good and would be soooo much easier!

    I'll include a picture of mine, if I can find one.

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    Nice, Dina! Thanks for your input and the picture! I love all the help and encouragement I get from everyone!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    The book contains only the quick trip and variations thereof. Let me check my quilt room tomorrow for the book and I'll look up the strip width
    Hi CMagee84: I checked my E. Burns book and you cut the fabric 4" wide, width of fabric (6 different fabric for a crib quilt, etc.). Then you sew the 6, 4" units, side by side. When finished, you fold the sewn unit into a tube of sorts, then cut the tube in 2 1/2" strips. Depending on where you cut the strips, your pattern forms. Sew one half of the quilt, then the second and voila. Clear as mud? My avatar is the lap size (about 54 x 77")

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    I have made 4 trips around the world, but used Eleanor Burns pattern "Quick Trip". It was super easy and came together unbelievably fast.
    I second this! I would have "firsted" it but SouthPSTitches beat me to it. I made four also using her pattern and each one was easy and looked great and was very quick to do.

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