Thursday, December 25, 2014

Speak now or forever hold your peace!

I've had a couple more participants trickle in over the last few days...  I'll keep the door open until December 31, and then that's it! 

Wishing everyone great holidays!

Julie

Friday, December 19, 2014

Email Sent!

I just sent an email to all the participants -- if you didn't receive it, check your spam folder...

If you STILL don't see it, send me an email!

Julie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Start your engines!

Yeah, yeah -- I've been procrastinating about the official start of the new Cotton Robin, probably because it means I'll have to sit down and figure out what my center block will be!

And then there's the whole calculus exercise of figuring out who's sending what to whom which should be much easier than it is.  What happens is that I try to not have anyone in the U.S. have to send overseas more than once, and I keep shifting people around, and then my brain explodes...

But anyway: it's not too late to join in, so shoot me an email if you want to participate. I won't do the spreadsheet until sometime towards the end of the month, possibly with assistance from some eggnog.

I have 18 players so far, and I'll send you each an email with mailing assignments later on. Here, though, are the basic instructions:

  • You will make a center block, which may be square or rectangular. It may have maximum dimensions of 9.5" x 9.5" or 8.5" x 10.5" (unfinished dimensions) 
  • The challenge this year is to use color in a way that you haven't tried before or which is out of your comfort zone -- for instance, "low volume", monochromatic, new combination of colors, all solids, etc. 
  • You will send the block to me with $2 in cash or stamps or chocolate to defray my postage costs for the next mailing.  (I'll be sending you my mailing address)
  • You may include a very small amount of extra fabric (no more than 1/4 yard), a quilt label, and/or some words about your likes and dislikes -- all of these are optional.
  • I will then send you someone else's center block,to which you will add a pieced border, following the color clues from the center block and any notes the maker may have provided.
  • You'll then mail that block-plus-border to someone else.
  • You will receive another project in the mail;  to this you will add a second border. 
  • Then you will mail the block-plus-two-borders to another person.
  • You will receive a final project in the mail.  You will add batting and backing and quilt this and bind it.  It’s nice to include a hanging sleeve as well.  You will mail the finished quilt along with the label (if there was one) to its original maker.
  • Please keep in mind that the finished quilt shouldn’t be bigger than (approximately) 20” x 20”, so size your borders accordingly, and remember to leave enough “space” for a second border when you are constructing the first border.  You can include plain strips if needed or desired for sizing or decoration, but the main borders should not be plain strips!   
  • Please do not add any embellishments (beads, etc) to the borders – you may add them when you’re doing the quilting, if you wish.  
  • Please do not use any fabrics in the borders that cannot be washed and ironed or that are especially prone to ravelling ... we've had issues!
  • You will not post any photos of your center block or borders here or elsewhere -- but you may post "teaser" photos of the borders without the center block showing, or with color changes, etc.  Please email me a photo of the finished quilt before you send it "home".
  • You will email me or post to the blog when you send something and when you receive something, so that I can keep track!

Hope you all have terrific holidays, and don't forget to work on your centers! 

Julie

p.s.  I've probably forgotten something important, but we'll catch up to it later.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2015 Dates

Check out the sidebar for "Important Dates: 2015" to see the timeline for the next Cotton Robin.

I have 12 or 13 participants so far... 

Julie

Monday, November 10, 2014

anyone out there?

It's beginning to feel a lot like another Cotton Robin... for 2015.  I'm thinking there should be a little more challenge to it this time, so here it is: 

I challenge you to start with a color theme that you haven't used before -- could be something monochromatic, or "low volume", or all neutral, or just a combination or color that's out of your comfort zone.  Of course the borders will then follow along with what you've started!

So who's out there, and who's ready to play?

Julie

Monday, July 7, 2014

Here it comes -- THE BIG REVEAL!


I'll just start off by saying that quilters are really nice people -- as if you didn't know that! We had two robineers drop out mid-term for various personal reasons, and not only did a whole bunch of you volunteer to "fill in the blanks", but two of you offered to finish up the quilts for those who dropped out. So a big thanks to everyone for making this work!

The reveal was going to be in alphabetical order, but Blogger has a mind of its own, so we'll see what happens.  We're definitely starting at "A", though...

This was Anne's starting block:

and here's the quilt finished by Laurina, and Mary Jane -- a big hand to Mary Jane who quilted two quilts this time around!


 Next up is Carol's center block:


 
and the cheerful quilt made by Julie, Marybeth, and Kate

 

This is Cathy's tasty center:

and the chocolate-y goodness created by Terry, Nan, and Marybeth

 

 Here is Glen's tart beginning:

and the sweet lemonade made by Sophie, Marie and Sandra

 
 This little nuthatch was mine (with some help from Charley Harper...)

and the adorable quilt finished by Sandra, Rachel and Maria

 
 Kate started with this Seven Sisters block:

and the colorful quilt was made by Marie, Vivi and Mary Jane

 

 Here's Laurina's masterful center:

and the quilt made by Julie, Maria and Cathy

 
 This was Liz's bright center:

 and the quilt was made by Maria, Elizabeth, and Sophie  (check out the flowers quilted along the vine...)
 Maria started her quilt with a bear-paw:
and it turned into something wild, made by Vivi, Cathy and Liz

 
 This was Marie's fairly traditional starter block:

that took a turn for the psychedelic in the hands of Mary Jane, Sophie and Rachel

This was Mary Jane's subtle center block:

 and the lovely quilt made by Terry, Sandra and Nan
 Marybeth began with this spring-like block:

 which was charmingly finished by Nan, Kate and Terry

 Here is Nan's bento box center:
 and the quilt finished by Rachel, Julie and Glen (complete with 
lovely 3-dimensional flowers!)
 
 Next up is Rachel's lovely applique:

and the transformation by Kate, Carol and Laurina

 
 Sandra began with a simple tree:


 that was brought to life by Glen, Laurina and Julie

 Here is Sophie's little oak leaf block:

 and the fabulous forect created by Elizabeth, Glen and Marie

Terry started with pink elephants (!)
 and this cute quilt was finished by Cathy, Liz and Carol



 Here is Vivi's stylish rosebud block:

and the fitting finish by Carol, Cathy and Elizabeth

  
This was Kristin's lovely star center:

and the charming finish by Marybeth and Sophie -- kudos to Sophie who also
quilted two projects this time!

 
Last but not least (and totally out of order...) here is Elizabeth's bright beginning:
and the equally bright finish by
Liz, Terry and Vivi

Okay, I've officially run out of adjectives... please let me know if I've gotten any of the names in the wrong places, and thanks again to all of you who jumped in to do a little extra.  We'll have to do this again next year!

Julie

Thanks!

I had a package waiting for me when I got home from work today. I quickly ripped it open.  It made my day! Oh, it is sooooo cute.  Thanks to all who worked on it.  It will hang next to (or under) a sign I picked up at a little coffee shop when it had a going-out-of-business sale.

Cathy

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!

My beauty arrived this morning.  Never in a million years could I have imagined the result.  Oh so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's HERE!

I have been watching my quilt make the trip from New Hampshire (through USPS updates) all week and when I saw it had made it to Santa Fe this morning, I took a chance that it also managed the trip across town to the little Post Office in the Mall where I have a PO Box.

Elizabeth, Glen and Marie, you were great collaborators. Thank you!  I can't wait for everyone to see the wonderful little quilt we've made.  I love it!  I really, REALLY LOVE IT!

And more thanks to Marie for the New England goodies she tucked in the package.  I lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for 8 years and have many fond associations with that corner of the world.  I think I might HAVE to make pancakes tomorrow so I can enjoy the maple syrup.

almost there...

I've heard from everyone, and it sounds like all of the robins should be "home" by Monday!

As soon as I have confirmation from Cathy, Mary Jane, Nan and Sophie... THE BIG REVEAL!

JULIE

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Progress Report

Here's your almost-independence-day update:
- almost all of the robins are home
- a couple are definitely in the mail
- I need to hear from one person to confirm that her quilt was mailed, or not...
  (Nan, speak up!)

Thanks, and watch this space for the big reveal!

Julie

My little quilt arrived!

I was out of town for a week and came back home to a big pile of mail, including my Robin quilt! It is beautiful, and I thank the lovelies Julie, Marybeth and Kate for their artistry. THANK YOU! Carol E.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's here!  My little quilt made it home today and I love it.  Thanks so much everyone who contributed! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mailed!

Sent my little quilt off to the Beaver State.  I heard a funny joke about Beavers, the animal kind I mean. 

There are tthese two beavers, husband and wife and they head home after work.  The guy beaver walks in and leaves the door wide open.

The wife says, If I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times, shut the dam door!

LOL.  It was the cleanest joke of the bunch! 

glen:  hey Nan, watch your mail about Saturday!

WOW! and Thank You!!

My little block has been returned as part of the most beautiful Quilt Eva!!

I love the design, the beautiful fabrics, and the wonderful craftsmanship in piecing the rows and the quilting just blows me away!!!

Thank you so much Mary Jane, Sophie, and Rachel!
You are Amazing!!!

I can't wait for the big reveal to see what all the others turned into :)
Marie

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Update From humidity Central

Wow, with all the rain the maringouin are out in full force.  That is mosquitos for you non-Cajuns!

good news is that I am finiished the qiuilting on my little piece.  And the gold threads play beautifully with the oriental theme going on.  Bet you didn't know your block was so Asian, did you?

I spent a long long time burying all the threads.  Whew! 

So tomorrow I will put on the binding and the hanging sleeve.  And hopefully get to the post office Tuesday.  My surgery is the next week and since it is the right knee I won't be driving for a while. 

I hope you like it, it is way cool!  Can't wait for all the photos to come out.

glen in hot and humid Louisiana
Received my quilt last week but wanted to wait to open it until I finished the one I was working on,  which I did on Thursday, so Marie, it is on its way!!!! When I could finally open mine , I was blown away!!! It was amazing, especially the first border that turned my block into  a circle....that was just perfect!!!  The follow up 2nd border and quilting just really set it off!!!!  Thank you ladies!!
P.S. In all my chaos with moving and everything, I forgot to take a picture before I sent it to you, Marie......could you send Julie a picture, please!!!!

Rachel

& done!

I turned the final corner this afternoon & will finish the hanging sleeve after dinner tonight & off tomorrow.  I had some doubts I would make it but here it is:


This the back, of course, so no clues about the final quilt.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Working...

I finished quilting the quilt and will add the binding, sleeve, and label and have it on it's way by Monday!!
Marie

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My little quilt has arrived home

I don't know how long it's been in my PO box, but it has arrive safe and sound from Cathy in IA. Thank you everyone who worked on my little quilt - it is lovely.

Really looking forward to the big reveal soon!

Monday, June 23, 2014

RECEIVED!

 
 
I GOT MY HAPPY MAIL TODAY!
;] 

IT IS LOVELY!
<3<3<3
 
thanks to all the wonderful Robineers who did such a great job! 

It's getting to be that time!

I know there are some finished quilts in the mail, and a couple that have arrived home... but there are also a bunch that need to be finished up and sent off by the June 30 deadline.  You know who you are!

Please, please, please -- if you know you're going to run late, please tell me now. 
Thanks,

Julie

Thank You!

I am still struggling with the quilt I am to quilt, but my center arrived home on Saturday.  I had planned to open it only after this one was on its way but had another set-back & decided I needed the pick-me-up & pick me up it did!  It is charming, really, truly.  I had made two of the center & held one back & have been working on it in time with the robin & I will put up a picture of them side by side when all of this is done.  In the meantime thank you, thank you & thank you again.  You made my day.

& don't worry Julie, I will (plan to, WILL!) make the deadline.  I will forward a picture of both hen I am done.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thanks!

Having now finished off the quilt I needed to quilt (and bind) and put it in an envelope ready to mail on Monday/Tuesday, I felt I could finally have a look at my own quilt, which has been sitting, tempting me, for a week or so now. And it's lovely! (Not surprised, mind you...) - thanks to everyone who turned my slightly challening block into something gorgeous for me to look at... Not sure who you were (except Mary Jane, who quilted it) but I will find out in due course when we have a grand reveal - looking forward to that!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quilted.

Well, good - got that job done. Here's a little sneak peak, which won't show you anything, as it's the back. (Cue evil laughter)...


Now, to finish off the binding and get it in the MAIL!

Can I ask a Favor?



Yesterday, my Post Office "found" a package for me that had been sitting for a couple weeks but, because I never received a notice about, I didn't know it was there.  Yesterday I asked them to look anyway.

It would have been sad if I never received THAT package, but if a similar fate fell to my Cotton Robin quilt, it would be a TRAGEDY.

If you are the one sending my quilt home to me, could you let me know when it's on the way, so I'll know when to start asking the Postal clerks to look for it whether I get a notice or not?

Thanks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Arrived!

And it is totally amazing!  The transformation from silly block to amazing quilt is unbelievable.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would end up so incredibly beautiful!

Thank you to all who worked on it.  The label dropped off somewhere along the way, but I will add another one when the list becomes "public"! 

I love it!

glen in Louisiana

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quilt heading home to Rachel

The quilt went into the mail this weekend. It should take 1-2 weeks to get to you from New Zealand.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mailed

My quilt went out in the mail today, to...  Canada!  Cross your fingers that it doesn't take weeks to travel across the border.  (no, I'm not saying who it went to!)

Julie

Received!

I have received my finished quilt from Mary Jane - and actually, I haven't looked at it yet, as I really need to get the one that I have quilted - my job for tomorrow. I've promised myself that I won't look at mine until the one I have is quilted (but perhaps I'll look before I get the binding sewn down, lol).

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two More Quilts Are Headed Home

I'm back from the post office, where the line was long and the main postal clerk was especially cranky ... fortunately, not with me.  When a woman at the counter pulled out her cell phone to call her employer to ask which way she wanted to mail some odd-shaped packages that were too heavy to go first class, I think I saw smoke coming out of his ears.

I mailed finished quilts to Liz and Kristin.  Liz can expect delivery in South Carolina on Friday and Kristin's quilt is predicted to arrive home on Saturday. (Email me if you need/want tracking numbers).

Saturday Update: The USPS site says both quilts have been delivered!  Yay!  Now, I'm ready to receive mine ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

quick reminders

I'm starting to hear from Robineers that finished quilts are going in the mail, and I know that at least one has been received so far! 

(I'm getting closer to being finished, but I need to find some lime-green thread that won't shred as much as the "Rainbows" I tried already...)

Anyway, a couple of quick reminders:
- please email me a photo of the finished quilt before you mail it home
- let me know when it goes in the mail
- let me know when you receive your quilt
- please don't post photos online yet -- I want to save all of them for the "big reveal"!

Thanks for playing,

Julie

Friday, June 6, 2014

Finished Quilt Sent to Terry

Terry should look for a package early next week.... your finished quilt is in the mail!

Friday, May 30, 2014

HELP!

I received the top I am supposed to quilt & I am having some problems.  Actually, it's all sort of one big problem.  At the time of the first round, a narrow decorative edge was made with what I assume is silver tissue lame & it is starting to fray, so I took a closer look & discovered that it is not stitched down all the away around.  In the picture at the right, maybe you can see the folded green part?  Well that fold bumps up against/does not over lap the silver part & is only attached by that line of stitches in the pink which even at the point closest to tape is not 1/4" wide & then it runs right off the edge of the pink so one washing & they are gone.  Those stitches you can see at the silver...they hold the pink to the silver & that's it, they never catch the green.

The short fix would be to open it up & restitch as best I can w/out pressing (because lame melts, right?) which is when I spotted the bigger problem:  there are places where the seam allowance is nowhere near 1/4".  If I pull these seam out they will never go back together.  & I cannot just quilt it to death because there is that lame edge that is going to shatter when I start stitching it.

If I had just the one problem I could fix it but with two, solving one means making the other one worse.  I thought about applique BUT I am only showing you one of the problem seams/gaps; any applique(s) that dealt with all of them would more or less cover all of the silver lame as well as the applique border next to it.  &  I thought about ironing the whole thing to lightweight interfacing but won't that melt the silver lame?

I realize I may end up quilting very heavy down that silver lame edge whether I want to or not but I thought I would ask first & then maybe sleep on it. Any suggestions would be most welcome! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

it has ARRIVED

I just came in from the mailbox with a Cotton Robin package YAY!  I will open it up tomorrow & take a look at it & start sparking ideas about how to finish.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Received...

...a package from Maria today safe and sound.   Hmmmm....I'm nervous now!

Cathy L in IA

Excitement

I am getting excited now that we are coming down to the wire!  I can't wait to see my poor orphan block now fitted up with wonderful friends. 

I will be in Alaska for the next few weeks but will get the piece I have received finished when I get back.   I hope everyone has lots of time to quilt on their favorite stuff!

See ya on the other side!

glen


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quilt has arrived

My final round has arrived from Carol safe and sound. I have yet to figure out what to do with this one, I'll leave it somewhere conspicuous so that I can mull over it a while. I do think that these little quilts need more thoughtful quilting than bigger ones - maybe because they are often looked at up close.

I have another project that is my highest priority. I know that by the time I get through that one, I'll know what to do.

Sophie is Ready to Quilt

I have received the package from Elizabeth, with it's beautiful hand appliqué.  I stopped for tea and a pastry on the way home from the post office, took the package with me, spread out the quilt top on the table while I was waiting for my order and thought about quilting design ... I know what I want to do, I just need to find the right backing fabric and decide on binding color.

I love working on these little quilts!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Top for Quilting Arrived

Today (Mon., May 19) I received the top that I shall soon be quilting. it's lovely!! the Beautiful Carol E. (haha.. that's how the envelope was addressed)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's That Time Again...

Time to mail the center-with-two-borders if you haven't already done so.

And time to communicate, if you haven't done so!

I apologize profusely if you sent me a note already and I didn't catch it, but here's who I think I need to hear from:

Did you send your project yet?
Elizabeth
Liz

Nan
Rachel

Did you receive a project to work on yet?  I know some of them just went in the mail this week, so please let me know when it arrives...
Carol
Cathy
Elizabeth
Laurina
Liz
Maria
Mary Beth
Nan
Rachel
Sandra
Sophie
Terry

Thanks!

Julie

One on it's way! One Received!!

Why is it that whenever I'm giving a reprieve I use every last minute of it??

My little package including it's second row is on it's way to Sandra in Ontario!!  Have fun! This is a really cute little quilt!!

I received my quilt to finish from Glenda in yesterday's mail!! 

In a word... 
Beautiful! 

Can't wait to get started, but then that's what I always say!!!  
It's hang on the design wall in the studio and I am pondering how to finish it :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I've mailed the quilt I added the second border to, and it's on the way to Cathy.  Hopefully it arrives safely in the next week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

mailed to Nan

Hello all, 
just wanted give a heads up that I did receive my package at the end of last week from Terry in CA!
I finished it this evening and will pop it in the mail to Nan tomorrow afternoon!
Things seem to be back on track!

Mailed!

yep!  got it off to Maria in NH just this morning.  the lady at the post office wanted to see it so I had show and tell with the 1 clerk and 27 customers waiting in line.  I am sure that thrilled gentleman #26 in line!

Let me know what you think of it!

glen in Louisiana

Posted to New Zealand

I sent off the block with two rounds. It's on its way to Laurina in Auckland. I mailed it on May 7.

RECEIVED

Received a package from Norway this morning.  It did not like the trip!!!!  It appears to be in decent shape, but there is a big stain on one of the centers.  I will gently try to remove and if that fails, will applique something.


I am looking forward to quilting this up and get it out right away.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

to Be Mailed

I had a hard time with this one.  But Friday, the inspiration hit me.  I had the answer all along too! 

So I worked up some blocks on Friday night and Saturday afternoon I added them to the little piece. 

Now it looks amazing!  It will get mailed off to Marie I think, tomorrow morning after my Pilates class!

glen: whew!  just under the deadline!

Received!

Just to say I've now had a finished top waiting to be quilted land on my doorstep (so to speak).  Not sure what I'll be doing with it yet. But I can look at it and wait to be inspired...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

mailing soon?

Here's a quick reminder that our next mailing date is coming up on May 15.  Your center-with-2-borders should be about ready to go off to be quilted!  (with an exception or two for some catch-up projects that are getting a late start)

I've seen photos of a few of the finished tops, and they're splendid as usual...

My package went in the mail to Glen on Saturday.  If you've mailed or received a package, please be sure to let me know.
Thanks,

Julie

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mailed

I mailed next round to Elizabeth - note: I also included your Block Lotto winnings from me for this month in same envelope.

I also volunteered to do a round for someone who dropped out and that is now on it's way to Liz.


Friday, May 2, 2014

In The Mail

I mailed a center block with two borders to Norway. A MAKE UP block with one border To Canada. I could not believe it when the Postal worker said it Cost $17.92 for the postage. I am grateful this isn't The Gold Bar Robin! I TRULY love the challenge of opening the Package and deciding "What's Next"?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Another Quilt on the Way

I mailed the quilt at my house, with border two (which I already teased here) to Rachel to be finished.   (Rachel, I'll email you with the USPS tracking info)

I think this one will be really fun to quilt ... which, of course, probably means the one I have to quilt will be a challenge ;-)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Round #3?

The block I made border #2 on was put in the mailbox April 29th to mary Jane.

2nd border off to Suffolk

I had fantasized about getting the quilt top off early, but I spent most of early April feeling cruddy & then last week playing catch-up.  I finally had some time this week-end & now the center with the first round & then the second one I added are off to England. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

When is our next one due out?

This one is a toughie.  My mind is  blank and it is not getting any better as the time is marching toward the date I must mail it out.

So........how much longer can I mull? 

I better get in there and get it done. 

glen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You are wonderful!

Those of you were around for last year's episode probably remember the quilt that went missing for way too long on the way to New Zealand (I think it was Canada to New Zealand by way of Tierra del Fuego or something...) and the plan to make a replacement that ended up with Jay's plan to make a quilt for me...

Truly, I was expecting a couple of you to pitch in and make a little quilt.  Clearly I underestimated you!

This incredible quilt is about 70" square. It had 11 sets of hands on it and I was completely stunned when I opened the box last night!  I totally love it, and it is going to grace a wall of my office to add much joy and color to my workdays.

Thanks again to Jay, Nan, Laurina, Tami, Sophie, Rachel, Marie, Liz, Mary Jane, Glen and Sandra. You're the best!

Julie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Second border complete

I took my piece with me when I flew to the US last week. I've taken over my mother's dining room with my sewing and my laptop - kind of a sewing and home office setup. I added a lot to the quilt, just because I could. Here's a peek of one corner. (I've modified the colors to protect its identity - they are much prettier in person.)


I was wondering what will happen to the extra quilts that some of us might be working on that belong to those that have dropped out. Will they still get finished? I'd hate to think that someone (including me) has worked on one that will just "die" half-way done.

Anyway, I wish I could send this now (Julie - would you mind?) while I am the US. My luggage space is limited, especially because I have already bought 3 pairs of shoes (oops!).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Murphy's Law...


It's always the way of it, isn't it - last month, I was really busy (and to be honest, procrastinated a bit), so my piece went right down to the wire and only just was mailed a few days before the deadline. This round, I started work almost straight away after receiving a piece, and have now finished adding my second border (a tiny, non-informative glimpse of which is posted above) - and Julie extends the deadline!  LOL - story of my life.  (It's also the month in which which I have two weeks' holiday, and so lots of extra sewing time...)

Never mind, at least that's something which I can tick off the list of Things To Do.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Can't Believe It - Second Round Complete

It was one of those happy coincidences.  I was putting away one book that went back next to Friendships in Bloom, a book about a set of Round Robin quilts made by quilters in Michigan and Norway.


The quilts in the book are from the type of round robin where each of the rounds have guidelines, like, made from triangles (or squares), appliqué, or quilter's choice.  The book includes directions for making each of the centers and all of the borders.  If you feel stuck for ideas, you might want to check it out.  (It has the Look Inside feature on Amazon).

I pulled it from my bookshelf, flipped through it last night and found a few possibilities for the quilt at my house ... and one that made me think "a ha! that's it."

For me, once I'd decided on a design and found the fabrics (all came from my stash–yay!), it all came together quickly. Here's the sketch from the book.  Mine is made with smaller measurements for a smaller/narrower border.


The authors called this border Midnight Star. One of the reasons it worked well for me was that it could be made any size, by making the strips between the stars the size you need.  The directions in the book were for a 5-inch border; mine is 3 inches.  I used the Tri-Recs ruler to cut the fabrics for the star points and gained a new appreciation for the fact that you can use the rulers to cut those pieces for any size block you need.

This is the second quilt where what I added didn't feel a whole lot like "me," but felt right for the quilt.   I think that might be one of the reasons I like these round robins.

I promise I won't mail early this time ... unless Rachel wins the Block Lotto in April and I can send lotto blocks to her along with the quilt.