37.5 Twilters Entwined

May 4, 2015

Early April, after I got back from my slight failure of quilting the Samurai Sudoku quilt, I had a package waiting for me on the porch!

About a year (okay not quite that long) after we set aside time to do a Round Robin, they have finally come home to their owners. I am so proud of what everyone has done for me, with me in mind, and fantastic piecing skills and color sense!

Darlas round robin quilt finished top

One of the many amazing things about this quilt is that I managed not to look at it for the entire time it was away from home.

In the next post, I will outline how round robins work, but this one I will celebrate my fantastic round robin!

The 30 second explanation: I made the center, sent the fabrics and set of instructions, and others worked on my project just as I worked on theirs.

Daisy’s idea for this round robin was to include a Journal.

darlas round robin box before sending off

I covered my journal with pretty paper from michaels. Sent along the fabrics I posted here above.

darlas rr journal covered

And the ladies doing my round robin wrote all up in the journal too!

I am going to share the rounds and journal too.

I passed my center

center for round robin quilt darla

With my scribblings

darlas journal into page

Then Diane blew up the block to something fantastic & bigger!

darlas round robin dianes round

She posted her thoughts and ideas.

darlas rr journal dianes page

It was great seeing the designs here on paper.

Then she sent to Laura.

darlas round robin lauras round

Who came up with the first mention in the journal about the Entwined border mentioned on Quilter’s Cache site.

darlas rr journal lauras page

But the quilt was too small.

And then the quilt was sent to Tami, who did folded fabrics on all the quilts I saw her work on.

darlas round robin tamis round

And Tami had all sorts of ideas going that I even got 2 journal pages from her. More than that, but these two pages were different, showing the evolution of an idea!

darlas rr journal tamis page 1

darlas rr journal tamis page 2

Its interesting to see the creative process. I LOVE it. By the way some other mention of the Entwined border was here also.

And then the quilt and journal journeyed over to Tina.

darlas round robin tinas round

Who ended up taking the Entwined border idea and running with it, just modifying it slightly to fit Tina & me!

darlas rr journal tinas page

Which also reminds me of my weave quilt that I recently finished the top.

So three Entwined mentions help set me for this in name of the quilt.

And then our fearless leader, Daisy got to round it off.

darlas round robin daisys round

There is such great quilting space here. I love the subtleness of the darker shade of pink. It actually lightens up the center of the quilt a bit.

darlas rr journal daisys page

And yes, it was worth the wait.

So then the final project sent back to me and I found some dark that I had used in the early rounds and just did a quick small border on the outside. I did this because when I went to quilt my Sudoku quilt, I was leaving lots of room on the edges and was ultimately going to cut off a lot of that. This happened 2 days before I put the border on. So I went into paranoia mode about this wonderful quilt top, so to preserve the points, one final round added.

I really didn’t look at this quilt when it was traveling around. I was determined to make it a surprise. I may or may not have been the only one surprised by my quilt in the end. Each group member posted in flickr group when we were finished with our sections. I found I could post to flickr, tag it for a group, but not look through the group.

We had our 6 members. Some groups had 5, some had disastrous setbacks at first.

I trusted my group, and was such a proud member of the group. And they did great on my quilt!

darlas round robin start to finish

We also signed backing labels!

Darla Pink and Purple Round Robin top and name panel

And I am proud to say I have already finished piecing the back!

twilters entwined pink round robin backing

And the journals was just so yummy & special. My favorite non-quilty part!

Darla RR Journal Collage




  1. Stunning. Every round is absolutely stunning! I love the colors too.

  2. It is absolutely beautiful Darla.

  3. Wasn’t this a unique experience, Darla, this Round Robin? It was truly my favorite quilt experience of the year. Thank you for documenting the quilts from our group!

  4. Lovely Darla,,, the ladies have out done themselves . . .

  5. I love how you’ve documented each step here. I’m so glad you love the quilt! 🙂

  6. Oh, and I’m relieved you like how I used a slightly darker shade of pink in the last border. I thought about it for a long time before deciding to go for it. I thought it would really set off the center.

  7. Love seeing this–and it did turn out beautifully! Thanks for documenting the journal part too, since we hadn’t seen any of that on Flickr. I enjoyed watching this process from afar as the quilts went ’round and ’round and ’round. Fun to see the final results!

  8. Your quilt is lovely, Darla! So fun to see how the design process worked, step by step.

  9. What a wonderful quilt! It’s nice to read and feel your love for the project. can’t wait to see it finished.

  10. Wow! You must be very happy with that stunning quilt!

  11. That’s just gorgeous! What a wonderful job everyone did, I’m impressed and you should feel very loved…

  12. Wow! This is so beautiful. Truly impressive how each one added something so different, yet meshed so well. Could you tell me what difficulty level something like this is?

    • I believe all the quilters who worked on this quilt have been quilting for several years, and they really spend time quilting in their free time. It’s hard to pin down exactly the difficulty level of something like this. A good round robin quilt could have simple parts that beginners could do. The difficulty level is more about the designing and making the borders fit with the previous one before. Doing one of these quilts really could stretch a quilter into trying a new technique they’ve never done before. Personally, I tried several new techniques on the ones I worked on. Maybe a harder part is to get coordinated in the beginning, and then promising to follow through every month or two with deadlines of working on quilts that are not your own. Each quilt I worked on there could have been several “right” answers on how to do the next new border, and time constraints or fabric constraints can challenge or stretch a quilter to finding creative solutions, which could possibly force someone into making decisions on difficulty of their round. Designing quilts is fun for me and I loved the challenge of being a new designer every few months on a new project with different fabric tastes than my own, with different starts to what I had, and different parameters. Anyone who wanted to dedicate some time & effort into making a great project like this, I highly encourage, and would not let difficulty level dictate participating in something like this, as long as each participant goes into the project with the willingness to try to learn how to make borders better. And math, people have to be willing to do some form of simple math to divide the number of blocks one is working on by the size of the border made to get the right fit. Not necessarily hard math, but using math helps in the planning of each border. Drawing it out is a good substitute/buddy for math.

      • Good analysis, Darla.

  13. I’d be curious to know what the block was that appeared for the first time in https://scientificquilter.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/darlas-round-robin-tamis-round.jpg?w=450&h=421 — never seen it before, and I’m greatly intrigued by it.

  14. I’m intrigued by the block on the sides of https://scientificquilter.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/darlas-round-robin-start-to-finish.jpg?w=450 as I’ve not seen anything like it before. Color me intrigued.

    • It is a curious block. Tami used the book Creative Tucks and Textures by Jennie Rayment, and I bought the book myself (older) after seeing this block. It looks like the Interlocked Square border block that she has pictured on page 59 of that book. Most examples have only one roll, but there is a small picture in the book where there are 2 rolls. It appears there are 4 bias blocks that are tucked under each other and then rolled up on both sides. I think I could figure it out to replicate as Tami has done, but I think this might be a Tami variation of the blocks in this book.

      • There are multiple ways to skin this cat, says she with Adobe Illustrator.

        If you can get me a straight-on photo of the block, I can generate an EPP template.

      • Hold on, I have been trying to get some photos. After looking at the book and at the block, I think it’s done in strips that are tucked under each other and then sewn. As long as the strips are cut correctly, I think this can be done & figured out with smart girls like us.

  15. […] in a quilt round robin and I had the honor of quilting it for her. Darla provides excellent details of the process and the different rounds. We talked in length about the quilting designs in each section and I […]

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