Let me preface this post first and foremost in saying this is not meant to complain about my round robin experience. Just in case you get the wrong idea later.
One of the BEST things about quilting is the differences you meet in styles.
I have yet to ‘really ever use’ a focus fabric, much less several, in determining a quilting color relationship.
Perhaps this makes my quilting color choices less successful than others.
Tina has 2 different but very similar focus fabrics. She included wonderful fabrics in her round robin box in addition to the focus fabrics. A light yellow, a light pink, an olive green/brown tinted fabric, and the focus fabrics.
Daisy, being the first recipient of the round robin included a fabric that has a hint of grey.
The original block was a cute little paper piecing/applique (in portions) of a sewing machine, and a project being quilted.
Daisy added a border (no spoilers except for the fabric had a hint of grey).
And my task is to add about a 4 inch pieced border that matches & frames the quilt so far.
These fabrics are so much fun, but they are just slightly different than the fabrics that I have in my stash. I have been picking & pulling fabric off of my shelf, putting them next to Tina’s box, her start of her quilt, and her chosen fabrics.
Tina’s fabrics are great, but I am finding it a challenge and a blast to see if I can add to the quilt with fabrics of my own.
And yes, I know it did turn out well in the end. I trusted myself enough for that, and I did make a finish on my portion and I am so in love with it so far.
What I love about this project is that even if my fabrics are more saturated than Tina’s, that I can either find fabrics I own that match her style, or I can purchase a few other pieces to match the fabrics in this quilt project as well.
I did purchase 3 different fabrics of the same color scheme/design, one yellow, one grey, and one turquoise. It was a WONDERFUL excuse to get some more modern style fabric from a quilting friend Caitlyn at her very new shop “I Don’t Do Dishes“. 3 fabrics from that shop are in this quilt. :)
Here is the first small snippet.
It’s been very fun trying to match & compare the colors of what I have, seeing what concessions could be made, seeing how subtle the differences in olive green can be.
I have been playing around a version of borders from Judy Laquidara’s border book. It’s larger than the specified pieced border, but it is very Darla-like. And very symmetrical. So I am using it.
I am dreaming of windows when thinking of this border. Like what you would look through when sewing. I had another idea, but this one kept coming back to me. Windows. Is a generic hint about the border.
Here is some of my sketch made this morning trying to fit everything together. VERY small snippet here, too much farther away gives the border away.
I decided to make the darker color grey to tie in with Daisy’s border instead of going with the dark brown suggested by the focus fabrics. But it’s the right shade of grey.
It’s very dark, but the darkness is pretty narrow. I used all 3 values in this border, and I had to repeat a motif in the middle of the top & bottom borders to get it to fit exactly.
Here’s an in-progress shot from this afternoon. Also a very small snippet.
I started off this AM thinking of putting animals through the windows, not knowing when I would work on it. But today I decided to move on against the idea of animals, I got the whole border is completed today, not wanting to make any more decisions on this portion of the quilt.
Progress helped along with a great audiobook in the background.
Now I just have to finish writing in the journal. And send it off when ready. I can’t believe I am ready early. I am SO ready to be done with the 1 month due-dates and to slip back to the 2 month due-dates. Now that we are caught up with the 5 person group, that will happen. But then it will be put off until 2 weeks to go as well, because that’s how it is with me.
I mistakenly thought this was going to be a short, quick, easy round, and I do like what I did, and it was basically done in one day, but there are a lot of pieces here and so now back to my other projects. The lots of pieces are a main reason I decided to skip the animals, there is already SO much to look at on my round.
Sorry I can’t show much more here. I do hope Tina will like it and that it doesn’t detract the eyes too far away from the other parts. I may send along the dark grey fabric to help complete the quilt, but first I need to make absolutely sure I don’t need it in another project or that I can get my hands on more of it easily in case I do.