Modern Round Robin – Round 1: completed. Whew!
After a slight timeline set back Thursday (migraines will do that to a girl), I pushed through and was finished by late, late Friday night. Saturday, I talked my husband and girls into coming with me to the park to take some pictures. I think it turned out rather nice.
Later that afternoon I broke out my City Sampler blocks and whipped a few of them out. I hadn’t realized the last one I had sewn was at the end of March!
On Sunday my poor husband asked if I could please take a break from the sewing machine. I have my machine set up on a low sofa table in our family room and I seem to have a particular knack for using it at the exact moment he’s trying to listen to the television. We are in the midst of a True Blood marathon and the thrumming of my machine does not blend well with the goings on in Bon Temps. Thankfully I had discovered this site and had printed off dozens of 1.5″ hexies on cardstock. Using this tutorial from The Zen of Making, I tried a few with some scrap charm squares. I’m still not sure I’m doing it right. My mom had taken an English Paper Piecing class, so I’ll have to ask her for some more instruction.
This week I’ll try to tackle some more of these Tula blocks I have cut out.
For all you peeps in the US – have a great Fouth of July weekend! We’ll be celebrating the long holiday weekend with my family. Have a great week!
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Another Wednesday, another medallion post. I’ve made quite a bit of progress this week. I finished all eight windmills, each one a little but quicker than the last thankfully.
Saturday night I laid everything out to measure and plan out the flying geese when I spy three teensy-weensy little letters on the side of the quilt that I had not noticed before.
ARGH! How could I not have noticed that?!?! Well, that changed my whole scheme of what I was trying to accomplish. I rummaged around and found some graph paper and colored pencils and tried to come up with a new idea that would flow with new dimensions. About 12:30 am the quilty math literally made my head throb so I called it a night. Thankfully inspiration came to me on Monday. I decided to make the flying geese and just worry about the other measurements later.
Armed with a quick tutorial (since I have never made multiple geese in one sitting before), I whipped up twelve of them really quick followed by some white 1.5″ strips. Here is what I came up with for the vertical sides of the medallion.
My goal is to have all four sides stitched together by Friday night. I’ve enlisted a photographer friend to snap some pictures of it on Saturday once it is completed.
Other crafty business: I am anxiously awaiting my copy of the new book “Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilting”. My friend Kari, who was instrumental in introducing me to modern quilting, is a contributor. She starts off the blog hop for the book this week with her chapter on color theory. Head on over to her blog Craft Happy and give her some love!
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Well, I’ve made more progress on the Sea Glass quilt. I’ve finished 4 of the 8 windmill blocks and think I’ve decided on the layout.
I’ve also started adding to the quilting on a baby quilt I am making for my newest niece/nephew set to make their appearance towards the end of August.
I used a charm pack of Hubba Hubba from Me & My Sisters Design by Moda and some Kona White. I used a very quick, easy (and FREE!) pattern Snuggle Play Laugh Love I found at Moda Bake Shop. It only took me about two nights to piece and sew this top together. I decided against appliquing the words because frankly, appliqué scares the bejesus out of me at this point! .
I originally quilted in the ditch along the diagonals, called it good enough, and set it aside until I had time to teach myself binding. Leave it to me, however, to decide I need to complicate things more. So Saturday I took it out and decided to quilt a border 1/4″ inside each square. I’m using a pastel variegated thread to do my quilting. I’ve got about half of the squares completed. I’m toying with entering this into the county fair at the end of July just for the heck of it.
The inset squares
My plans for the rest of the week are to finish the remaining 4 windmills and the flying geese that will finish the border for the round robin quilt. I’m antsy to start on some new projects. I have a FQ set of tone on tone pearl bracelets I want to find the perfect pattern for.
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In March I joined up with a modern quilting group on Facebook for a round robin quilting bee. There are six ladies in our group, all much more experienced quilters than I. We were each tasked at making a center medallion and then starting May 1, send it on to the next individual in our group. We have two months to add a border of our choosing to the medallion and then we pass it along and receive the next quilt.
This is the first round and I have been lucky to get to work on this fantastic medallion. It uses beautiful sea glass colored batiks and is off set by the brilliant white fabric. Her inspiration is the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore and intends for the finished quilt to be used at the home they intend to purchase near the ocean after retirement.
Thankfully, the batiks and other sea glass colored fabric was included in the package my partner sent, so I’ve had great colors to utilize. The inspiration for my border has been picturing sand dunes and imagining carefree children on the beach in white linen dresses and pinwheels blowing in the breeze.
I practiced some HST piecing using scraps first and played with the layouts. My friend Laura has been very helpful since she’s actually spent many a summer on the boardwalk in New Jersey, and all I know about it comes from Snooki and JWow.
So, during a child free weekend thanks to a trip to see Nana and Papa Kitty, I decided on the color scheme and cut, sewed, and trimmed 160 2″ HST, while the hubby and I binge watched Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. This is the first one completed
I’ve got 8 more to sew together before I tackle some flying geese to add in the mix. Can’t wait to get it all added! Hopefully I’ll be further along next Wednesday. Check back!
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