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38.4 Sewing String Hashtags

October 14, 2015

The last month I have been trying to finish these blocks before the October 15 swapping deadline.

The #Twilter! group on Facebook (email scientificquilter@gmail.com if you want an invite) was doing a swap of a free block.

We chose to swap “wonky hashtag” blocks available on Craftsy from their 2012 free block of the month for January.

Carole is taking charge of handling the swapping in & out and the blocks will come back in November.

Due to a recent reorganization of my sewing room, I have still been focused on sewing scraps together. I can thoroughly say that the 2nd half of 2015 was a scrappy quilting month for me.

I had a baggie of strings that I had been sorely neglecting. Just prior to the block swap announcement, I started arranging and sewing strings together to create “fabric”.

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Lots of varying bright (mostly) colors that are the unmeasured strips between 1.5 & 0.75 inches strips that are usually the leftover after cutting other scraps.

cutting string strips for hashtags

These seemed to make the perfect happy fun pieces that would go into the hashtag blocks.

So the wonky hashtag blocks has no rules for what angles are sewn into the blocks, we take a 12.5 inch block, slice it up any angle the first direction.

Then sew strips into it. Here is the first 2 strips of strings sewn into my blocks.

hashtag first seams

At this point I was wanting to preview the design to see if it would work.

previewing second hashtag seam

And then this gets pressed, and then cut at 2 more random angles, going the other direction.

preparing to make the 3rd and fourth cut hashtag blocks

I honestly found the 3rd and 4th cut of this block easier in the fact that I didn’t have to make a decision on how to angle the strips. I had to try to chose (sometimes didn’t work) the widest pieces of fabric to cut through so the seams wouldn’t become a huge problem on the 2nd direction.

I have to admit, I lost a few fabrics on one side or the other of the seam, just due to the symmetry of the whole thing and trying to find the best option didn’t always mean there was a “good” option, if you get what I mean.

The nice thing about this is that I overestimated the length of string strip I needed, so I was able to create more string blocks with the leftover pieces from the original cuts.

This gave me enough string blocks to eventually make 16 blocks.

string hastag blocks to send

I did have one “mess up” block that I sewed the wrong fabric side of the white on white AND I sewed the bias edge to the outside.

I am keeping this block so I will have 17 total from this project.

I realize besides my mess up block I won’t have any string strip blocks because everyone else is just making regular fabric strips to go in the center of the hashtags.

But I thought of a creative way to do sashing that incorporates more strings. I need to make wonky sashing that mimics the tilted hashtags of the quilt, also creating mini cornerstone blocks of sashing as well.

A preview of it below, not to correct scale or colorful proportions:

string sashing idea with hashtag blocks

And yes, this concludes yet another version of the “Darla goes overboard” portion of my quilting life. I am really happy with these blocks, and am amazed at the positive responses already to the blocks that I posted online already.

I have, however, hit another mini-burnout for quilting due to this project. Don’t worry, I’ll be back at it shortly. I am going to try to take some pictures of the other quilts I have in progress on the floor. I also am starting to take inventory on what I am going to bring to the retreat next month.

I am thinking of collecting strings from the other quilters in the retreat group and working on strings to go in the sashing of the hashtag quilt. Till we talk again, hopefully soon!

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37.8 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival diary – Day 1

June 28, 2015

Whew! It’s been a busy week following a very busy and very happy weekend last weekend.

For those who didn’t know, hadn’t heard, last weekend was our big biannual (maybe that’s semiannual) quilt show with participation from a WHOLE lot of quilt guilds. I think I read 15 guilds.

Anyway, it was tireless work and planning and thinking ahead to make the quilt show a success!

We had several nationally known speakers come to the show to teach (and to take) classes, a lot of them are in the local KC area. I forget sometimes what an essential asset we have in our wonderful teachers and vendors to our larger community.

Arriving on the main show floor at the top of the long escalators, we see a quilt completed by one of the major quilt planners.

entrance quilt under glass

This quilt was done by Lynn Droege was beautiful under glass and a great way to entice people to go into the hall.

I have so many memories of my experiences of the show, I am going to try to write them down for posterity. This post will have LOTS of writing, the next post may have LOTS of pictures in addition to LOTS of writing.

Indulge me as I go on in “diary format” and pretend I am reading this account to you in podcast form. Or that I am Frances, sharing a few delicious “quilt diaries”. Quilt Diary – Day 1

The Too Long;Didn’t Read version is: I had a lot of fun, met people I knew, people I didn’t know, felt happy, show went well.

How the show was organized

The first hallway before the main quilting area was the individual guild booths. This was our main moneymaker for the year, and all the last year we have been making items to sell at the boutique. My guild had lots of different types of items for sale, kinda like a craft show. Several guilds had opportunity quilts.

I somehow failed to get pictures of our guild booth, or the general front hall with all the guilds, even though each day I was blessed to see people from my guild and others.

Then a right hand turn and either with a ticket or a bracelet we could get into the show itself!

Immediately when we come into the hall, there is a door prize ticket booth on the left. The far left-handed side were all the guild quilts that were not judged. There were 2 full rows (each side) of quilts here. About 500 quilts on this side.

Directly in the middle were the vendors. Several rows of vendors.

And to the right-handed side coming into the show room were the judged quilts. About 150 quilts or so here if my math is right.

map of show floor

I was able to be at the show the 3 days of the festival itself. There was one other day of classes I did not attend.

AND there was a special room of 3 special exhibits that weren’t part of the main hall, down on the first floor, there were Beatles quilts by a group of quilters in Virginia, and Kansas City Star quilts (a main reason this is a great quilting hotspot), and some of the best quilts from QuiltCon.

So much to tell! I may break it up by days instead of break it up by types of things seen like Kathy did.

Personal Experiences of the KCRQF Day 1

Friday was unfortunate in that I had to work, but as soon as I got done at noon, I drove past the scary construction on the scary interstate to the show.

I had the “pockets of awesome” or on Friday, the “pockets of no charge”. I had my old phone which had all the phone numbers and access to data and was going to be my main connectivity with the twilters I was set to meetup with.

I also had my normal camera, the one that has been taking all these pictures for this blog since like 2012.

And I had my brand new phone, not really setup yet.

And a cable to charge all the things. At one time I had both phones outta charge. Silly technology.

Ok. First thing I did after entering the show was to find Carole’s quilt – I See Bridges. And I took a picture of me in front of it.

i see caroles quilt i see bridges
I tried to make a joke about how I saw bridges and I saw Carole’s quilt, but I didn’t see any twilters.

Unfortunately, Carole & Gretchen had plans to come to the show and neither one was able to make it. Carole’s quilt was about the only judged quilt I saw from anywhere not in the KC region, which I found very fantastic for her to enter the show that way. It was really unfortunate that she wasn’t able to see it in person.

I was starting to get nervous because the phone with the texts was notorious for dropping almost half available battery in half an hour, and I knew I would have to periodically check twitter and email on this very unreliable phone.

I think I was walking around for almost an hour back and forth before I saw anyone. Luckily Jackie and I were able to text. I stayed in the back of the show before I met up with anyone just to “stay in a central place”. I forgot how much I don’t have to wait for people on a regular day.

Jackie & I met up, walked the vendors really quickly, and then got in touch with Joyce, who follows Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us who also wasn’t able to attend the show. Joyce was with her friend Linda who was in the area, and Joyce and Linda were delightful to meet, even though she was not on twitter, and didn’t really know us, didn’t officially consider herself a twilter.

Just after we met Joyce, another friendly face, Valerie, showed up and introduced herself to our group, recognizing one of us, probably Jackie.

three twilters and Joyce

This was when Linda took a picture of us twilters and Joyce Friday afternoon.

At this point, we walked around and talked a little bit. I met one of our local guild members (also named Sandy – I think I know like 5 quilting Sandys), the one who quilted my red & black King’s Puzzle Quilt, and we had another long conversation, while Valerie & Jackie had things to do.

I got a cool idea of a suggestion of a collaboration with Tami since her round with all the folds was really fantastic on my quilt and her & I may be a good compliment.

And just as the local Sandy left, I was able to locate Tami! At this point, my phone situation was really getting desperate, my charge was like zero on both phones. I was seeing the people who were important for me to see, in addition of stopping by local people who I also kept seeing and they kept saying nice things about my quilt on the judged side of the show. It was also nice to sit and talk with people I know that did a lot of work for the show and just enjoying the show in general!

Tami & I had a small intimate discussion right there near the front door of the hall, probably in everyone’s way, but you know what, I didn’t care. I never exactly told Tami that I officially put my quilt Twilter’s Entwined in the show. I was so worried that I had jinxed it out of the show.

twilters entwined

Long Side Story Here

Here’s the short story of that. The round robins were due back in Feb, and Feb our guild voted on quilts to put into the show. The day our guild was voting, I had no energy, I had had a crappy day, I was burnt out doing all the work on Diane’s round robin, and so I brought nothing to add to quilts for my guild for the show. I didn’t have my round robin quilt anyway, and I know how long it takes for ME to go from top to quilt — LONG time usually.

Anyway, it was at our Feb guild retreat (after the voting) that we heard of several twilters going to try to come down for the Kansas City Show, thanks in particular to Sandy from QFTRUS really encouraging people to consider a meetup.

At the retreat, I finished the red & black quilt, and guild members said I should try to get it into the show, so Royal Red King’s Puzzle, I arranged to have it quilted in time to enter for the judged section (guild section was closed already, or so I thought). That was my very first long-arm purchasing interaction I have ever had.

Anyway, all the deadlines for the show had come & gone March 31st. I received my round robin quilt early April. A week later, there was a frantic email from our president saying ‘oops, we have more space than we thought’. Later the email said, ‘we can add more quilts, but the catch is that I have to know by 6PM on Friday (the day I am reading this is the same Friday)’. So I thought I could include Dancing Ribbons, sent off an email and then driving to work started thinking.

What if … I could get the pink quilt, the round robin quilt, twilter’s entwined completely finished in time? Would it be crazy, would it be do-able? If I could just get a quilter to agree to it……

So I put a post on twitter, tagged Jackie and a few other people maybe, and waited to see the response. I had massive emails/texts/twitter messages back & forth. I tell you it was nuts. I first thought for certain I could get both quilts in, emailing back the guild president, I met up with Jackie after work, showed her the pictures, we had already setup a sew-in date for early May, so would she be available to quilt it? YES?! PERFECT!

I was bouncing up & down the walls, not believing my good fortune. Tami did the round on the quilt and she was going to be here to see it and be a part of it hanging in the show. And another twilter was quilting it. Amazing! Things fell into place. I was joyous, I was obnoxious with happy, I was just so incredibly amazed and just feeling absolutely great!

Then later that night, they said there wasn’t enough space for the “medium-large sized” Twilters Entwined quilt.

Embarrassed at my overreaction about how things just seemed to work for the quilt. I was pretty much in tears that night. Mostly from embarrassment at myself and how I wasn’t keeping everything into perspective.

Fortunately, the next morning the guild president called me and told me that they were looking/talking with one of the coordinators, and somehow there was actually more space. I am not sure how that happened or if it was a result of me going overboard, or just miscalculation, or something else occurring somewhere.

But after that, I put in my paperwork, but wasn’t fully convinced it was going into the show until I turned my quilts in with the rest of our guild the meeting Tuesday before the show.

 The rest of Friday continues

So Tami said she had seen my little Dancing Ribbons quilt in the show, was looking at it with I think Kathy earlier that day before I got here, turned her head to the side, and then saw the pink and purple quilt of my last story, Twilter’s Entwined. And she said she was floored. I really was excited for the fact that she may not know the quilt was there, I thought it was a nice surprise for her.

tami and twilters entwined

This picture is Tami in front of Twilter’s Entwined. I think taken by Kathy. Before I got there.

Anyway, while talking to Tami, Kathy came along and we talked about her love of Angela Walters, her love of blogging and how I love her quilt memes and blog posts are always so funny! And we kept standing right there at the beginning of the show.

Kathy did get a picture of her by my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt. Taken by Tami maybe. Before I got there.

kathy in front of royal red kings puzzle quilt

Kathy looks great in front of my quilt, right?

We broke up as a small group in the late afternoon, with our prearranged meetup place & time – Joe’s Kansas City barbeque, which was like one “block” over from the convention center. During the time in between out-of-town twilters, I went back to the bag check area, found a plug in for my navigation phone so at least I could figure out what side of the road Joes was on exactly. I chatted and laughed and laughed with our bag check ladies from our guild, another from another guild, and I sat in the spot of the 3rd.

We constantly talked about how well the show seemed to be doing, how the people at bag check in the morning saw packed lines going up & down the escalator, how parking was a nightmare, and another lady from our guild saw me and asked if I knew I was working Saturday for the boutique.

What’s with this Saturday thing?

This had started to become a running joke with me, in addition to another embarrassing situation I put myself in due to a horrible typo. And finally by now, I had seen my twilters, so if nothing else, working Saturday wouldn’t be an issue for me since we were now able to meet on Friday night instead of Saturday morning.

I was originally signed up to do two volunteer sessions for the show. One for the ‘show itself’, and one for the ‘guild’. One of these I actually DID sign up for Saturday morning, before the Twilter’s had looked at schedules and decided that maybe Saturday breakfast was going to be our only shot at everyone getting together at once. The only time we were originally were going to meet was Saturday. This was the “Original Plan”.

A few days later, I asked both groups to make sure I wasn’t volunteering Saturday morning, I would just switch and then it would be easier and I wouldn’t miss the meetup.

Well, you know how many different versions of schedules get floated around, and how we all think we’re making a change, and somehow it doesn’t stick? Well, somehow both groups put me on Saturday morning, there was more going on, but the 2nd time it happened, (planning stages here), I was starting to get worried that things wouldn’t work out. I asked a 2nd time to make sure I wasn’t volunteering on Saturday … there were emails, and a very large typo. And it was embarrassing. And teeny tiny bit funny, once the hurt feelings from the typo were straightened out.

Once I knew we were meeting Friday night instead, that eased my worries a little, because no one had accidentally put me down for volunteering on Friday. Thank goodness for Jackie pulling together the spreadsheet with our times on it and noticing the date /time was available.

But that hadn’t been planned until a week/few days before the show. Good thing too, because we were getting the idea no one in particular was looking forward to a really early morning meetup for breakfast (except for maybe me).

I was just “so sure” that I would get volunteered Saturday by one or both groups I signed up to help, and that I would completely “miss out” on the meetup with everyone all in one place. I did get myself worked up for a while, imagining being “this close” to something I really wanted, and not being able to have it….

So on Friday of the show when I was told I was working Saturday, I burst out laughing. Mainly because of our other arrangements, also how silly it was to think how hard I was fighting not working Saturday. But now Saturday morning was MINE – FREE.

I decided to come early Saturday & make sure the one group didn’t actually NEED me to be here – a little family issues & trying to interpret someone else’s chart made it possible that I would need to help out on Saturday.

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Me waiting for the show on Saturday, reading this diagram of classes (below).

kcrqf classes

Anyway….

At 6PM I pulled up to Joe’s, met with Valerie and Steve, then Jackie & Greg showed up, then Kathy & Cliff drove up with Tami.

I had heard great things about Joe’s, but mostly I heard about the fact it used to be called Oklahoma Joe’s and they changed the name to Joe’s Kansas City instead. And I heard the food was really good. I think the last time I had eaten it was like 10 years ago when I first moved to the area at a work function.

It was a “go up and order” your food and then sit down with a table once you got it kind of place. And I put myself in the front of the line.

I was tired, excited, elated, happy…. exhausted, talking a lot … on my feet for hours and hours and hours Friday. Luck was on my side when we got through the line, it was busy, and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to sit together, and oh boy, now I would somehow have to figure out how to arrange a seat. And then, a seat magically appeared. Large table with space for everyone! YAY. More quilt magic occurring.

Yes, the things I worry about.

So we got to sit together at Joe’s KC after the #KCRQF.

twilters and spouses at barbecue Joes

I didn’t realize that it was guys on one side + Kathy, and girls on the other. But there was a Royals game on that the guys could watch.

You can just barely make out our heads on the left. 😉

It was nice sitting across from Kathy & Cliff, we talked of them driving to Missouri Star Quilt Company on their way back in the morning, and it turns out that Cliff is a Husker fan (go Huskers), and now I will know someone in Illinois that is watching the Illinois/Nebraska game this fall when they play! 🙂

Kathy had saw the Beatles quilts down on the main floor. She seemed to really enjoy them! Kathy mentioned that she attended Quilt Con and she thought that this show, put together by GUILDS (not a quilt company) was super well run, seemed to work really smoothly, things seemed mostly on the top of their game. It was impressive about what we did. Luckily, there are enough guilds in the area that can help out with a show like this one to have the manpower to have the crowds we were talking here.

I may have lost some other parts of conversations, but soon, we were getting our “twilter meetup” picture and I was driving myself home.

twilter meetup five twilters at barbecue

Twilters agreed to try to meetup for Lunch the next day who all was here.

And that is another day, and another story, and hopefully more pictures, in another blog post. And I don’t know exactly when it will be written/posted. This story so far has taken me a lot of the afternoon. Probably why I was putting it off. So much to tell. And tell and tell. I don’t want to forget my fun & fantastic weekend, so I will be back hopefully soon with more details for you to share in my experience!

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37.6 How Round Robins Work

May 23, 2015

This is a post describing how round robins work, or rather, how our round robin worked, complete with pictures.

If you missed a while on the blog or were redirected here from elsewhere, I was included in a multi-group internet friends (twilter-twitter quilter friend) round robin quilt exchange.

One fantastic lady, Daisy of Lazy Daisy Quilts decided to put together a round robin quilt exchange and asked for signups from interested people back at the beginning of 2014.

There were enough ladies who wanted to participate that we had 3 groups: Twilter Round Robin Group A, Twilter Round Robin Group B, Twilter Round Robin Group C. Our group was Group A

Basic Definition of a Round Robin quilt exchange:

Round Robin quilts are long-term projects in which each person works on other peoples’ projects during the time of the round robin, passing along a quilt idea, fabric, and a rapidly growing partial quilt top to each participant until the quilt ends back in the original quilter’s possession.

For me, it all started off with a pattern from electric quilt, a fabric choice & then a block.

center for round robin quilt darla

Here’s the first question I am asked when talking about the round robin: How does it work?

Generally, a round robin quilt (as our group did it) is an agreement between friends or strangers and friends to work on a quilt of someone else’s with the understanding that they will work on yours in return.

My role in the round robin:

  1. I made the center of the quilt. I decided what colors to be used & original quilt direction.
  2. I selected fabrics for the quilt to use in the quilt.
  3. I provide some kind of guidelines or suggestions to the others in the group for working on the quilt.
  4. I send the quilt onto the next person in the list (in the mail or in person). I am always sending to the same next person.
  5. I receive someone else’s quilt in the mail, with their center (or more), their fabrics, their instructions. I am always receiving a quilt from the same previous person.
  6. I work through an appropriate design to add a border to the outside of the quilt. Using math, graph paper, books or websites for inspiration, sometimes electronic quilt blocks or suggestion from Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7).
  7. I follow general guidelines by the round robin coordinator for each round to help spur imagination or direct the appropriate design. Not to be used religiously with all quilts in all situations, but to help stretch each quilter, and attempt to provide harmony with the finished project.
  8. I finish my section of the new border, sometimes making changes due to size restrictions, or fabric shortages which happens because we’re not always great at figuring out in advance what fabrics others would be appealing to the general design or just underestimation. Sometimes this step also requires purchasing fabric of our own.
  9. I write down something interesting in the process in the quilt journal. (optional) I write my name on a label provided by the original quilter (optional, but fantastically helpful in the end).
  10. I send the quilt top with my new border to the same next person in line.
  11. Receive the new quilt, repeat steps 5-10 until the original quilt comes back. I have a full quilt top and a full label and journal.

Twilter Round Robin Group A final collage

 

The coordinator has a lot of decisions to make before getting the round robin started.

The round robin coordinator’s role:

  1. They decide the groups (if more than 6 want to be part of the round robin) 5-6 people seem to be a good match for this round robin.
  2. They create a deadline for each border swap.
  3. The estimate the approximate amount of each type of fabric needed to make the quilt work, suggest the amount of background fabric, focus fabric, and other fabric to be used in making of a quilt top.
  4. The estimate the sizes of each of the borders to be proportional to the space on the quilt.
  5. They create general guidelines to help direct the future quiltmakers down a path to help create a good quilt and/or to ask people to work out of their own comfort zones.
  6. They coordinate the addresses and order of each person to do the round robin.
  7. They answer general questions, help figure out if deadlines need adjusted.
  8. They type up all the info and get it to the participants. Follow up if needed in some areas. Perhaps some handholding or drama-gathering if needed in some groups.
  9. Remind us it’s all fun.

Round Robin Twilter Group A

As you can see above, we had 6 different quilts with 6 different personalities and styles.

How does the passing of the quilts work?

Because we had a round that we passed quilts on to each other, and each person was in a different order, we were able to affect each quilt at a different stage of its development.

  • The first two quilts each of us received, we were only beginning to shape the look and feel of the quilt to follow.
  • The next round brought the middle into focus, the meat of the quilt,
  • The last two rounds were on the finishing side of the round, these were larger & took up more time & fabric.

Our round went like this:

Daisy passes to me, I pass to Diane, Diane pass to Laura, Laura pass to Tami, Tami pass to Tina, Tina pass to Daisy.

twilter round robin how the quilts got passed in a round

And each of us had our own version of that. The drawing above shows how the quilts were passed around.

My role in the round robin Group A, and the quilts as I saw them in the order I worked on them

Round 1 – Daisy

Since Daisy’s was the first round robin quilt I saw, it was the first one I worked on, and thus the smallest round to do.

This is a collage of the completed quilt of Daisy’s (on the left), the block as I received it, and the block as I finished it.

daisys finished quilt center and my portion

Once completed, I wrote in the journal, and on the label, then sent it in the mail to Diane.

Once Daisy was finished with the next quilt – Tina’s quilt, she sent it in the mail to me. As you will see I was always receiving from Daisy and sending to Diane. So I really only had to have 1 address.

Round 2 – Tina

Tina’s quilt only had her center and Daisy’s first border. The sky was the limit here.

tinas finished quilt center and my portion

The picture above is Tina’s finished quilt on the left. Top right is the original block, middle right is the quilt top as I received it, bottom right is the quilt top I sent out.

Round 3 – Tami

At the “halfway point” everyone was working on the opposite person’s quilt. I was working on Tami’s quilt when she was working on mine.

tamis finished quilt center and my portion

 

The picture above is Tami’s finished quilt on the left. Top right is the original block, middle right is the quilt top as I received it, bottom right is the quilt top I sent out.

Round 4 – Laura

Laura’s quilt was based on neutral fabrics. Greys and browns dominated the landscape of this quilt top with dramatic golds and blue hues thrown in for a smidge of color

lauras finished quilt center and my portion

 

The picture above is Laura’s finished quilt on the left. Top right is the original block, middle right is the quilt top as I received it, bottom right is the quilt top I sent out.

Round 5 – Diane

Diane’s quilt was mostly done. I was trying to figure out an appropriate finish for her quilt.

dianes finished quilt center and my portion

 

The picture above is Diane’s finished quilt on the left. Which is also the portion that I worked on and sent out to her. Top right is the original block, bottom right is the quilt top as I received it.

More notes about Round Robin Quilts & observations

Since it was a center-focused round robin where we added further borders to the outside of an already ‘finished’ project, so the projects usually take on a medallion feeling.

Each quilter has to essentially be a “border designer”, and has to be willing to either ‘do the math’ or make a program (like EQ7) do the math for them.

I used inspiration from either drawing graph paper, or Electric Quilt 7, or a book on borders, or pinterest pictures, or various books on techniques. Sometimes I tried several different versions of the quilt, but once I kept seeing one version in my mind more than 1 day, that is the variation I went with.

There is an option to do rows instead of medallion rounds, which would be the same amount of work on the last one as on the first one. This would work in a similar way, but are usually called “Row Robin” quilts instead.

The first round we received, we had a shortened timeframe, but we had less size to finish before sending it off. This was stressful for me, but I did get the quilt done by or close to the deadline most of the time.

Each swap we had different goals, different color pallets, different visions to try to work into the quilts. It is truly a good way to sew out of the comfort zone.

And since the twilters who were interested in this swap were all over the US, the boxes got some post office traveling time around the country.

Some of the early quilts I worked on, I was completely surprised with at the end.

We got to learn about each person as reading through the journal entries of the original quiltmaker, in addition to things other people said in the journal. I was inspired by things in the journal in addition to other blocks and items I saw elsewhere. Many times the journal dictated the “tone” of the quilt more than anything!

Math was very helpful in the round robin. Having the original dimensions of each quilt, then trying to figure out how to put blocks together with appropriate spacers was challenging, but a heck of a lot of fun.

It helped me to use a program like EQ7 to help with the math and to visually see if the blocks I were doing were too big or not big enough or if I needed to add spacers.

Often times, I used my moleskin graph paper the most as it was the perfect thing to visually count other parts of the quilt.

Another note was to not try to overshadow the other people’s work. Since I try to do “big bold complicated” this was a constant worry for me, and something that at times reigned me in, and other times I probably ignored. Looking back, I ended up adding a darker border many times to the quilts I received. I don’t know if/what that says about me.

The most important part is to leave a part of yourself in the quilt that you’re working on. Being true to who I am is very important to me, even if I don’t always know what that looks like. So even during the “potential overshadows” I may/maynot have done, I still made quilts that were pleasing to me, that were something that I could do as well as I could.

That’s what matters & that is what’s special about these quilts.

In summary (visual)

The quilts as I worked on them, the center block, what I did to them, and their final product.

Round Robin Progress

Yay for round robins with friends!

 

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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

 

 

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37.0 Twilt On My Last Round Robin Quilt

March 13, 2015

Between the month of January & February, I was frantically running around trying to finish the very last Round Robin quilt I did for my #twilter group A.

At the time of this writing, I still have not received my own round robin back, but I hear it’s coming, delayed by fabric selection.

Anyway, I had looked at an idea on Pinterest while searching for something else, and this border idea kept sticking to me as a great way to finish off a quilt.

First, the picture of the end, then we’ll discuss the process.

Round Robin Dianes Twilt On quilt with Darla borders

The idea I had seen was a strip style quilt with white borders, an accent color, and then multicolor strips outside extending to the end.

I had punched this into EQ7 and no matter what I saw there, I just couldn’t decide that they were any better than the strip idea I had seen on pinterest.

This was the quilt as I had received it.

dainesroundrobinsquareoriginal lightened

It was so lovely pinned to my design wall (it was heavy, needed pins to help keep it up there).

The whole quilt was so whimiscal & fun. It needed a whimsical & fun last border on it.

Anyway, I had been doing bargello quilting for a while, my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt is a bargello style, and so was another quilt I was working on (not shown yet), and so my mind was doing strips anyway.

Lucky me, the math worked out fantastically and I could make 12 inch blocks.

So I drew it up in my sketchbook, abandoning all these EQ7 variations I had done during Nov-Jan.

sketch of quilt borders smaller

I can divide easy numbers easily, and I first was thinking I would do a plain inner border and maybe inset some applique swirls on it, which would have also have been really nice too.

the original drawing and some math smaller

But then I started laying out fabric for it, and I found I had a really nice light green that looked like a good compliment to Daisy’s white & green disappearing four patch round.

I was thinking the green was like the grass for the birds, Daisy’s round was like a white picket fence, and then I decided to do a pathway & some sky, using the pathway as the contrasting color.

The pathway & the blue sky border are actually pieces I purchased for Laura’s neutral round robin that didn’t exactly “go” with her quilt, but were close. Well the pathway I bought & the light blue/grey that I used that I bought were for her quilt, and then I tacked on the bright blue butterflies to the order for ME, but they looked really good next to the blues in the birdhouse round. So decisions I thought I was making wrong earlier, ended up being good decisions now.

And then I decided to change the green fabric. Why? Because the green fabric I originally picked (not shown) was a lower quality. I could tell. It would have worked well for me, but not for a friend. It was perfect though in shade & lightness. So I had to substitute.

trying out borders in strips

Which lead me to the lightest seafoam green fabric I have in the quilt.

But the fabric was “too plain” by itself. It was a good shade of green, the closest to what I was searching for, but it was too plain by itself.

But then I also saw the next lightest green at the fabric shop that mirrored Daisy’s fabric just exceptionally, even though it was darker than I wanted. I decided to do both in the quilt and then just layer them next to each other.

THEN I had the even darker batik sitting next to my computer. And as the week went on, it kept taunting me, telling me to gradate the greens into 3 levels of dark.

Which I did! And I love it.

redrawing to accomodate fabric changes smaller

And as you can see from the picture above, I had a fairly easy time of making the blocks once they were figured out. Each half was only 7 strips of varying widths.

Strips of green & strips of blue & brown. The blue & brown I made easy and made a base unit, then tacked on the extra blue to the base unit for the different lengths of the strips.

The greens I had less of a defined base unit, but that was ok.

various strips

Bargellos are a lot of work, don’t get me wrong, but there is an ease to them. You sew the strips into sets (base units) and then cut up those sets to the widths you need.

The hard part is going back to the ironing board for all these seams.

And here I could see it was going to work!

trying out the corner blocks

The corners were actually the trickiest part, trying to decide the order I would quilt them in. Part of it is like a log cabin block, and part is strips.

I snuck in the focus fabric into the little part of the border in addition to some of my pretty pink fabric as a nice compliment.

closeup of corner blocks

My only regret is not bringing in some of the cream into the quilt. I love it, but I think cream sitting right next to the pathway fabric would have eased some of the green we see here.

I calculated about 2000 pieces in total for the entire round of the quilt. Not to brag, again, bargello easily lends itself to having lots of pieces with less individual sewing sections in it.

That did lead me a few thoughts about my quilting insecurities. 1) Did I go overboard? 2000 is a lot of pieces. 2) Did my sections of the quilt overshadow the other sections of the quilt. 3) Did I try to show off?

I had the realization that not only did I do my best job for a quilt for a friend, but I did a style of quilt that was pleasing to me in a style that I was comfortable doing, something that I was familiar with, and also shows my style enough for others to know just by looking at it that border was mine. I did my best to match the other’s sections, and perhaps there is a little bit of overboardness, but even though it took a lot of 2 full days of 2 full weekends, it meant a lot to me to make something that I am proud of that can go to my friend Diane, who had to put up with all my insecurities with the Round Robins along the way.

And with that, I am done with my section of the Round Robin quilts. Once I receive mine, I will see what pictures are in the flickr group and put together a roundup for the round robin in its own post. I hear mine is outstanding, I can’t wait to see it.

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36.1 Asymmetric Inspiration

August 29, 2014

In the last month I really kicked it out working on Tami’s Round Robin quilt.

The colors: Orange, green, black, beige, white (grey), yellow.

Here is what I believe is Tami’s original center block – forgive me if I missed a small border here.

tamis RR quilt original center

As you can see, very asymmetric, several colors going on, and YES textures & tucks.

So much inspiration from this piece – and from Tina & from Daisy who had the quilt before me.

The little green triangle things are sticking out from the fabric center, there are mock cathedral window things on the right hand side, and I don’t know what it’s called with the tucks that are sewn down flat that migrate in and out on the grey-white piece on the bottom.

Well.

The interplay of the fact that – hey – I have never made a quilt in this color pallet before – not really – the green / yellow / orange color pallet together is an interesting and inspiring combination for me.

I have started a whole fabric folding pinterest page in preparation for making my portion of this quilt.

I got really excited because several of my own batiks could be used in the making of this quilt too. This was a few of the initial ideas I had for this quilt.

darlas fabric considerations

The instructions for this round were to use the focus fabric in this round.

Tami had a plethora of fabrics and colors and textures of her own for this quilt.  Her focus fabric I took to be the dark fabric with the large wide red/green/orange flowers on it.

focus fabric trying out the background fabric

There was already a strip of the focus fabric in the quilt in another twilter’s round.  But this focus fabric really took my ideas and directed them.

I think I tweeted Tami about 15 times the first 2 weeks with different ideas and techniques I wanted to do with her quilt. But then trying to figure out how to play out this bigger print was giving me a little more thinking than I planned.

I tried one folded fabric very cool applique technique while sewing at my friend’s house.  It was moderately successful, it could have worked, and if I hadn’t gone another direction.

And then I thought about weaving fabric with even a different technique I saw with a new book.

That idea lasted for a while, but if I wanted to do weaving, it would have to be with a specific side, and I couldn’t get the focus fabric in that idea either. There were several possible techniques and books to draw info from these techniques from.

techniques to use for tami RR

I kept looking back and forth one of these books specifically. Where I finally got my direction from with my section of the quilt.

The book is Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows by by Shelley Swanland.

I was intrigued by several different patterns in the book, I tried to make the design from a general quilt to a border style.

So I read & figured out what Shelley was describing. It took reading & rereading and finally a light-bulb clicked on and it made sense.

a plan of foundation and frames

Unfortunately, there was an error / typo in this printing of her book, and staring at the corner pieces, looking at the required pieces to make this border the way I was considering was a little confusing.

I did get her FB page, and she sent me her email and we had a few lovely chats about the corner pieces.

In the meantime, while waiting for one of the emails in the email tag, I figured out the error in the foundation pieces and tried it, and sure enough, I got the thing to work.

And, this will come as no surprise to you if you know me, but she said that only maybe a handful of people even tried the isometric grid that I was working on. (A grid based off of 60 & 30 degree pieces — ie hexagons and equilateral triangles). So that made me feel swell.

fabrics for left side of tamis quilt

And then I was drawing out color schemes for the pieces, and then as I was coloring the diagrams in preparation for sewing, I decided that the edges didn’t really need to be all the way windowed as they would just be this impossible to see pieces with the dark focus fabric.

So I asked for her help, but didn’t need it anyway. It was sure nice to chat with Shelley anyway.

I did – and still do – plan to get a picture tutorial of how I worked on her pieces however, But since there are elements on this quilt that I am not going to show you yet, I will wait to work that out.

DSC07651

And in the meantime, I started forming a vision.  I did another drawing.

And then slowly the pieces started falling into place. One idea made another, made another and another.

And before I knew it, I had a really really wide border on one side. Of dark focus fabric.

I stretched this over to the top to make it a modified “L” color scheme – which had already been done with the previous two rounds of the quilt.

Oh I wish I could show you all the colors here. A quick too close up view of a corner should be good.

top left corner three darla elements one daisy corner

I tied the oranges back to the left side (already heavy on the right), the black, dark on the left, I wanted the light green from the original block to show back up on the right side.

But the left side was big. So one border is 12 inches, and the other is like 2 or 3.

I pulled yellow on three of my four sides to mellow it all out some.

small snippit tamis quilt bottom left corner

I repeated elements of 3 on 3 of the four sides.

I did put the isometric grid pieces in the quilt, but appliqued them as separate elements.

I also machine appliqued three other pieces down that I was originally just going to keep – throw-offs from mistakes in making the bottom side. I had just set them down on the top of the quilt to get them out of my way,  and they grew on me, and I threw them on the quilt too.

Whoo! There are lots of pieces. One design element was when I had ran out of focus fabric that was precut & I didn’t want to cut any more, so I added extra color And I like that happy mistake too.

Some of my fabrics threw elements of purple and elements of red that are not highly present in the fabrics that Tami sent. But they work.

The work as a whole, remains balanced in color (in my opinion) I also honored the general flow of clockwise that started of in the middle that was carried on by the previous two Round Robin twilters.

Here’s a cool cross section spanning one of the horizontal sections of the quilt from left to right showing here as top to bottom. (rotated)

horizontal cross-section of tamis RR quilt

And yes the previous cross-section shows elements of the other twilters’ pieces of the round robin.

I don’t even want to say how many elements I have in this quilt.  About 20. Ish.

Now for the journal, and then figuring out how to stuff this back into the box.

I will be sad to see it go.

 

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35.8 Tina’s Colors and Round Robin unexpectedly finished

June 29, 2014

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.

tinas 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.

tinas original center block

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.

darlas fabrics used in tinas quilt

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.

sketch tinas small snippets

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.

small snippet of tinas fabrics in process

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.