Sometimes when I want to push myself to make a particular quilt I will suggest a challenge to my small quilting group. Such was the case with Trail Mix which is (in my opinion) the ultimate scrap quilt. It was designed by Mabeth Oxenreider and I first saw the pattern in an American Patchwork and Quilting magazine many years ago. Then it showed up again in the book Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers Favorites, Volume 8 and now it is a free pattern on the All People Quilt website. Third time’s a charm so I am finally working on it. Of course, I issued the challenge back in July and have just started it. The deadline is next week so I hope to have a lot of time to work on it this week.
Yesterday, the first two sets of blocks were completed: four patches and double four patches.
Next up? Triple four patches, of course. Then there’s a couple of nine patch variations. All of it is easy piecing, but there is a lot of it because the quilt finishes 84” x 102”. What fun to dig through the scraps and find so many hidden treasures!
If you like scrappy quilts, be sure to down load the pattern HERE while it is still free.
For more design wall inspiration, be sure to check out the links at Patchwork Times.