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Round Robin Quilt

After 3 years in the making, my Round Robin quilt is finally, officially finished!

This should really be just a quick update but once I got started, I had so much fun looking back at the process of making this quilt.

 

In 2017 I participated in my first-ever round robin with my quilt guild, and it was definitely a creative challenge, but it kept me sewing! I pieced the back at the 2018 quilting retreat and handed it over to Jill, who does absolutely beautiful custom quilting. I picked up the quilt a few weeks later and… it sat for OVER A YEAR until I finished up the binding in ONE NAP SESSION. Nothing like a baby-sized deadline to finally get me moving!

So here it is, really and truly done! I love it so, so much, because it showcases the creativity and hard work that epitomizes the ladies of my guild!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a quick walk down memory lane…

For a refresher on what a round robin quilt is: 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) before 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.

My group had six people in it, and we started in February 2017 with a center block.

Nine months later, we all had completed quilt tops; it’s amazing how they all turned out so differently!

Maria’s quilt:

 

Emily’s quilt:

Jayne’s quilt:

Marcia’s quilt:

Libby’s quilt:

AND… drum roll, please… my quilt!

As I’ve said plenty of times, I love, love, love how it turned out!! I love all the little details and how each quilter’s personality shows through in their round.

Here’s a quick look at its evolution:

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: 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!

via Twiggy and Opal

Round 6 from Marcia: The wonky stars in the corners and patchwork was the perfect way to finish up this sweet, sweet quilt.

The Back: Putting together the backing for this quilt felt like making another quilt top! I cut into precious Heather Ross scraps to make two sixteen-patch blocks, then added them to a leftover star block to create a strip to break up the floral yardage.

The Quilting: I gave the top and back to Jill for quilting, and she turned it around in under a week! Looking back at these photos, it’s hard to believe how much has changed since Spring 2018! Amelia is no longer a baby, and her brother is coming soon!

But back to the quilting… Jill’s custom quilting is exquisite!

 

 

 

 

And now, the binding is done and this quilt is finally finished, so we can enjoy snuggling underneath it!

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