Good news, I got another box for the next stage of my participation in the Round Robin. Are you thinking, what Round Robin? Yep, I am in a Quilting Round Robin, it just got derailed a bit but now we are humming along again. If you need a little recap you can check out the last post I did. Are you back? Great because the Round Robin continues!
The fun thing about a Round Robin is that each step or section is on a completely different quilt top, different in every way. I made my center block a modern Shoo Fly with solids. The first one I received was sparkly Christmas horses and the second was wonky stars. This month was colorful fabrics with a 1930’s look.
Apples in both green and red were a theme. The original block seemed like 9 patch blocks turned on the point. The dominate colors were green, red, blue and the background.
I had a jelly roll of Mary Englebreit fabrics which seemed to work with the feel of the 1930’s fabrics. I picked out the green, red and blue strips and cut them in half lengthwise. I then cut 2.5 inch strips of the background fabric.
I sewed a white strip onto each colorful strip, ironed them and cut them into 2.5″ chunks which I distributed into six piles to vary the fabrics.
This all went pretty darn fast!
In less than an hour, I had a pile of six blocks sewn together and a strip for the last row. I know this creates a bit of an odd pressing pattern on the back with 3 pressing lines going across and one going vertically but it really speeds up the process.
Soon I had 28 nine patch blocks for my border. My instructions were to create a 4 to 6 inch border using an element from the original center block.
However, it didn’t fit exactly on the sides. I didn’t want to cut a block off so I put it up to see what my mind could come up with.
So I cut them and sewed them to join each nine patch. However, I cut one larger strip for the last ones on each side. Just to hedge my bet in case I needed a bit more.
Amazingly enough, I did not. Yay for my math!
Or just good luck, it doesn’t matter, I will take it! I put the strip between each block, 5 blocks on each side and 4 corner blocks. Before I sewed them down, I stood back and looked.
It looked really good so I sewed it all down. Then my lucky husband got to hold it up and I took a picture of this top. I am worried that it’s a bit busy but I think that’s the modern quilter in me, yearning for more negative space.
I have one more person’s quilt top to work on before I get mine back in the mail. It’s odd because it is not really mine, these quilts have multiple quilters who created them. Hopefully, I have followed their concept and they like theirs.
And if they don’t, I will give them mine. I was just doing it to experience the Round Robin process for once.
Quilt tops make me Sew happy no matter what!
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