I never got an email out with the before & after for the quilt I had for the April Round Robin. I can post now so this was what I got in March…
And this is how I returned it in April… The colors are a bit washed out… creams, tans, beige — those families with black. Very striking! This month’s rule was triangles. I added large pieced triangles with triangles in the triangles. 🙂 I’m not sure it was a good idea to put the whole quilt on point at this juncture but I did it anyway.
In April I brought home this….
Well, I brought it home w/o the gray/blue border but I forgot to take a photo before adding what I thought was a filler border. I pieced a border to add and in the end didn’t need this filler border so removed it anyway!! *sigh*
I returned this in May which was our last month of this project….
During refreshments at the May meeting, it was announced that the Round Robin quilts were on display in 2 classrooms at the end of the hall. I was SO excited to go see them! And very glad they were laid out so we could see all of them and not just see a quick parade across the room.
Finally in the second room, I found my quilt! I barely recognized it but I LOVE IT!!
Hopefully, this will help you understand the Round Robin a bit better. I submitted my choice of a center block, required to be 8″ finished size, in October. Each month my quilt went home with someone else who followed a simple guideline for what to add for the next border. For this round robin, each was asked to add a border to all 4 sides each month. We kept them hidden from the owners until the big reveal on Monday night.
I really like my quilt! Right now I have it hanging in my long-arm studio and I’m trying to decide if I want to make it bigger or keep it this wallhanging size. The jumbo green squares are dynamic around the center! I like how Donna brought in brown fabrics. I think it really added a new dimension to the whole quilt! Mary L’s triangles are perfectly pieced and pressed – I wonder what method she uses. And I love the pink scalloped border. ♥
Here are some other completed tops that I worked on —
The first photo shows what I did as the last border and the photo on the right is the finished top from Monday night.
The first month - I added the red triangles and the checkerboard
I added the diamond border - this was quilter's choice month (anything BUT the before & after months).
This was appliqué month. I added the cream border and did the appliqué. (machine buttonhole stitch, pattern from Pat Sloan's site) I see I didn't get the whole finished top in my photo. The last border has fussy-cut blocks (like her center 4 - peacock feathers) in the corner squares.
I added the large pieced triangles to set the quilt on point.
I added the pieced Irish Chain in the last border.
Here are some of the other finished tops that I didn't work on.
This is the first time I’ve participated in a Round Robin. I think that most of us loved what we got back. It made all the sweating bullets moments while working on someone else’s quilt all worthwhile! I hope I get to do this again. It was fun and really taught me a lot and took me out of my box.
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