This year I’m participating in my first-ever round robin. The idea is fun: start with a square or strip for the center, then pass it around a group of quilters, each adding to it (borders or blocks or whatever they want) and passing it on to the next person each month, until it makes it way around everyone in the group and comes back to you as a completed quilt top. And if your group is as talented as the ladies in my modern quilt guild, it’s sure to end up awesome!
This year my quilt guild is starting two Round Robin groups, and we kicked off the six-month challenge at our February meeting. (In case you’re interested, the guidelines that we started with are listed here in my first post.)
We’ve made it to the final round already! Now that the quilts are getting bigger, our group decided to give two months to work on each round. In Round 5, I worked on the quilt started by Libby. By the time it got to me, Emily, Jayne, and Marcia have added their rounds.
Here’s where I started:
I love the bright scrappy colors, and how it’s evolved from the center block that started it all. Since I was adding onto the scrappy geese, I decided to bring in more solids from the navy, aqua, and green, and add some more white from the background.
Once I had a plan in mind, I got the bulk of the sewing done when my friend Emily came over for a Sew Day.
HSTs (half square triangles) are always fun to play around with! I used the leftover triangles from making the star blocks to create the arrows that echo the shapes that Jayne added in her round.
Emily helped me sketch out the placement of the stars and arrows. I added a narrow border of dark blue and decided not to add anything in the corners.
Ta da! I didn’t get a great pic before putting it back in the box, but here it is. I think my round gives some more breathing space for the final round that will finish up the quilt.
I haven’t had any finishes to share at guild this year, but at least I had something for Show and Tell at August’s guild meeting!
In addition to an open sew, Show and Tell, and the usual business, we also had a garage sale for everyone to unload some of their stash. I lightened up my fat quarter baskets and managed to only take home two new pieces of fabric, so I’ll call that a success! I didn’t stay for the open sew, but it was good to catch up with everyone.
Marcia passed on Maria’s quilt, and I’ll add the final round. It’s a lot of pressure to be the last one to add a round, but I think I have an idea already.
Here’s an update on the quilt I started!
Round 1: a 12″ wonky star with Amelia’s initial in the center.
Round 2 from Maria: I adore the little fussy cut details in the wonky patchwork, and the strawberry and star cornerstones are so adorable!
Round 3 from Libby: More fussy cut adorableness and a healthy dose of green!
Round 4 from Emily: I love, love, love all the the sweet details that she added! There is so much to take in: the ombre from cream to pink on the top half, to the green grass at the bottom, and the adorable paper pieced ladybugs, butterflies, and snails… so, so cute!
Round 5 from Jayne: Obviously Jayne knows the way to my heart by adding adorable little books! She wasn’t able to make it to the guild meeting, but fortunately she recently shared photos on her blog Twiggy and Opal. Check it out for more detail shots!
The last round is with Marcia, and I can’t wait to see how she finishes it up!
The final quilts are due in October, and it will be so satisfying to see how they’ve all evolved. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!