Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Round Robin and Charity Blocks

I completed my round on Chris' Round Robin and I rather like the effect of the geese radiating out at the corners.  Chris chose very strong colors (love it!).  I think this top will be a dazzler.   Here she is:

On to charity blocks:  Our guild had created an opportunity to break into small groups and participate in a color group challenge.  Our little group agreed to make blocks (8.5" unfinished) from "our" colors and using one unifying piece of fabric somewhere in each block.

We ended up with 12 blocks that were very different and rather challenging to put together into one single charity quilt top.  After pondering our choices for awhile, Jaye and I decided to divide and conquer the problem, making 2 quilt tops from the blocks we had.

Here are the blocks that I received set into a 48" x 60" quilt top.  One of the other group members will quilt it with a horizontal quilting pattern of their choosing and then some bright purple binding to round out the quilt.

It's rather difficult to see a primarily white quilt top on a white design wall (why didn't I think about that when photographing it?)  The top will have all of the blocks in this vertical row on the left of the quilt and the remainder of the top will be white with horizontal quilting.  It's hard to miss the blocks though!  Our colors were purple, hot pink and lime green - yeeha!  More to follow as we finish these quilts up for donation to a local women's shelter.

Now I'm moving on to my Secret Santa project for our December 14th meeting and exchange. I have to get busy, get started and get finished!  Can't say anything about it or I might ruin the surprise!

Guess I'm sewing again after all those months of nothing...

Aaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Time to Catch-up with my Mojo

My sewing Mojo has been on hiatus.  I decided to take a birding class that meets on Monday evenings and then has a field trip every Saturday for 8 weeks.  In hindsight I didn't realize that the field trips often required departing my house at 5:30 a.m. and not getting back until 6 or 7 p.m.  My error.
Add to that my frequent trips to my new house in Reno, and I pretty much eliminated my desire to sew.  Or my desire to do much of anything else.

Now I seem to be on the other side of the obstacles and I'm getting back to sewing. The first thing that I took on was a Round Robin group that I am in with the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild.  

There are only 4 of us in our little sub-group.  I received this start from Chris that Jaye had added to:

I first did this:

I should tell you that fabric was limited (especially the white background with the black circles)  and I really had to stretch the fabric to get to this point!

Then I started on what I really wanted to add:

I'm half way there!  Two more corners to add and I'll be ready to pass this on to the next member in our group to add yet another round.  

One of the things that I really love about participating in Round Robins with people you know is that you get such amazing results from such a simple start.  I can't wait until the next person adds their touch to this to see what spin she will put on this experiment.  

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween and I will touch base again in the near future.

Aaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.