Downunder Diversions Road Trip - Part 4 - The Finished "Double D" Quilt

Friday, May 4, 2018

Weird name for a quilt, you say?
Well this scrappy little number is the result of all the fabric I bought on the 
Downunder Diversions road trip I went on last fall!  Downunder Diversions = Double D!  Get it?  It took me a minute too, to figure out why the hostesses of that amazing trip (Jina Barney and Moana Burgess) greeted us with bras over their clothing when we first arrived!  If that wasn't an indication of the fun we were about to have,  I don't know what was!

That trip was a mix of all my loves - home decor, good food, and quilting.  If you want to hear all about it you can read Part 1 (Magnolia Market) HERE, Part 2 (The Pioneer Woman Mercantile) HERE and Part 3 (Missouri Star Quilt Company) HERE.  

I didn't plan on using a sewing machine during the trip because I didn't want to haul mine across the country and I figured all of the ones at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat Center (our final destination) would all be used that week.  So I just brought 1 applique project to work on.  But after buying so much fabric and realizing there were available sewing machines to use,  I decided to dive in and start this simple project during our last few days at MSQC.

I bought so many fat quarters/quarter yard cuts that I didn't even want to count how many total yards that was, total!

These are the simplest blocks to make and it was really fun pairing up colors!
This quilt was inspired by the Stack Scrap Quilt by Nettie over at the blog, A Quilt is Nice.  I have been a follower of Nettie's for a long time.  I love the scrappy, make-do feel of all her quilts! 

My rectangles were cut at 2.5" x 3.5" which was slightly smaller than Netties.

These pictures of me out in the country show how much I got sewn together while at MSQC.  My friend and roomie on the DD road trip, Amanda Niederhauser (@jedicraftgirl) walked just outside of town on the last night for a little photo shoot.  It was absolutely beautiful with it's rolling hills and green pastures.

 One weird thing happened as we were walking back to the retreat center after our photo shoot though.  We were basically in the middle of nowhere for the photo shoot and just as we started to reach houses again, a guy pulled up behind us in a pickup truck and asked us if we wanted a ride.  It was so creepy since we weren't soliciting a ride (I'm really paranoid about that kind of stuff!)  We immediately said "No!" and he turned around and went back to where he came from (the middle of nowhere).  I'm actually glad he didn't come upon us while we were out there!

Anyways, here's my Double D quilt all finished! 
I had my friend Cathy Barney quilt it for me with diagonal lines. 

I actually used wool batting for this quilt (I've never used it before).  The quilt is super lightweight but still really warm.  I was surprised at how expensive it was though!  I want to say the wool batting was about $20/yard (it's been a while since I finished this so I can't remember exactly).

The backing fabric is  Checkerboard Plaid Lipstick Ikat Woven Yardage
by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics.

This quilt is kind of wild but it was really fun to make!  Most of all, I think it's a fun way to remember a special trip and all the fun shops we stopped at along the way.  It would be a great stash buster quilt too!

I hope you enjoyed this recap of the whole Downunder Diversions road trip.   It was fun for me to relive the memories!  It was the trip of a lifetime!  If you want information about upcoming Downunder Diversions road trips click HERE

And in case you missed my other posts from this fabulous trip, 
you can read all about them here:

Part 1 (Magnolia Market) 
Part 2 (The Pioneer Woman Mercantile) 
Part 3 (Missouri Star Quilt Company) 

Have a great day! 

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