Thursday, December 29, 2011

Waking up from a long sleep.....

Or that is what it feels like.  I have to apologize to everyone.  I will be so glad to get 2011 over with.  in the last two months --My beloved dog died 2 weeks ago after 8 months of bone cancer, I put my mom into hospice with end stage alzheimers, a "good" friend of mine stole my design work and gave an interview to the newspaper saying that she was the Quilt Show Chair not I,  and I had a three week trip to Egypt/Greece/Rome/Turkey in there as well. To say I was not in the mind for the vacation or Christmas would be an understatment!

But I am re-entering the world once more.  And have my block done.  I love it!

So let me tell you what I did.  I printed the email so I have all the info.  But, silly me, did not bookmark the blog or the email or the email address.......aughhhh!  You would not believe what I had to do to find THIS again!  LOL  Taught me a lesson for sure.

So can you please send me the distribution list once more?  I am sooooo sorry.

I promise to keep track of things now.  Once 2012 gets here I will be firmly back in the world once again. 

Another friend and I made a pact - we decided last week we would stay totally drunk until 2012!  I wish!

glen:  The "good" friend was on the show committee but had never made a quilt before she gave the interview, which turned out to be a really nice half page article about her, "her" quilt  and "her" show.  Just incredible.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

small change in rules!

Since I said it was okay to make your block 8" x 10" (which is 80 square inches) it seems silly not to allow it to be 9" x 9" -- which is only 1 square inch bigger!  So if you haven't made your center block yet -- or if it's 9 x 9 -- don't fret!

I received the first block today... will post photos once a few more arrive.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Laurina's center block

Believe it or not, I finished my center block on the weekend. Not because I'm super organised, but because I am heading to the beach on Christmas day and getting to the post office from there will be tricky. Of course, just because I'm done does not mean I've managed to mail it yet. I'm taking Thursday afternoon off, so I should be able to get it to the post office then.

I was thinking about my preferences that I sent when I signed up and my block seems to have all of my 'dislikes' and none of my 'likes'. And yet, I am pleased with it. Should be fun to see what everyone does with my mixed messages.


You know how those pesky plans can be right? & there is that rules reading thing...

After working my way through both, I have my block & label completed & the fall within the guidelines. (No 10x10 - go figure...)

I hope you enjoy working on my project as much as I enjoyed making the begining.

Hope to mail tomorrow. :o)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Youve got questions...

I've got answers!
It might be NICE TO KNOW who will be sending us the block-with-one-border and the block-with-two-borders--just in case someone's quilt seems to be stuck somewhere, we can look on this blog for posts from the person we're waiting for and see if it's on the way before bugging you.
I would like everyone to post to the list when they mail or receive a package. It's okay to say who you're mailing it to EXCEPT when you mail it "home" as a finished quilt.
Are we piecing the back or using one solid piece of fabric or makers' choice?
You should make the back however you want...
 I did click on an email that was from someone in this group and it turned out to be an ad for someone selling something.  Am I being paranoid?????? 
Sophie's gmail account was hacked and some of you probably got messages from Poland or Romania -- please delete them!


I've gotten some questions about the email I sent last night  (let me know if you did not receive yours) so here's how to interpret the instructions:

Mail your center block by January 15 to:
>>> Julie Waldman
(I will photograph your block and send it out to the person who's going to add the first border)

Mail block with 1 border by March 10 to:
>>> John Doe

>>> all fabrics must be purple
(these are the preferences for the center block you received, not the person you'll be mailing the first border to; you did not receive John Doe's center block!)

Mail block with 2 borders (flimsy) by April 20 to:
>>> Suzie Sunshine

>>> loves all those 30's fabrics and Sunbonnet Sue!
(these are the preferences for the center block with one border that you received, not the person you'll be mailing the second border to; you did not receive Suzie's project!)

Mail finished quilt by May 31 to:
>>> Jane Jetson

>>> The wilder the better, but it needs to be washable
(these ARE Jane's preferences, because you'll be mailing her finished quilt home to her)

Kristin had the great idea that I should include a copy of the preferences with each center block I send out, so that the preferences will accompany each center through its rounds -- I'll do that.

To sum up, four people will work on each quilt -- the center, the two borders, and the finishing. (I know I originally said five, but that was wrong)

Any other questions, just let me know!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A challenge on the side anyone?

I shared this crazy idea with Julie and she suggested I post about it here ... In case anyone would like to join me in my madness. I plan to make two identical center blocks and package each with the same 1/4 yard of fabric. One will be used for our round robin and the other will be the basis for a "nesting robin" in which I'll add rounds and finish my own quilt. This summer I should end up with two "twins, separated at birth." The challenges for me will be adding rounds to my quilt before I see and am inspired by what one of you add to my round robin version AND keeping my "twin" a secret for 6 months.

Monday, December 12, 2011

yet another update! almost there...

I spent last night sorting out names and mailing routes and driving myself nuts.  I think it requires an engineering degree... or perhaps an extra glass of wine.

Tonight I copied all the information into a series of individual emails, but before I mail them out to you I'm going to print them out and double-check that I haven't mixed anything up  (each of you should only have to do each task one time!) and that I've got the addresses and preferences straight.

So -- look for an email from me tomorrow evening with your robin details, and get started on your center blocks!

You should all have permission to post to the blog now, and all be listed in the sidebar.  Let me know if something doesn't work.  Remember -- do not post a photo of your center block!


Friday, December 9, 2011

robin updates

I promise to get the website updated tonight with everyone's names, blog links, permissions, etc... it's been a busy week!

If you haven't yet sent me all your information  (see the first post here) please do so ASAP so that I can get everyone sorted out.

As Amy pointed out, in the original guidelines I neglected to include the note about sending 1/4 yard of fabric along with your center block. This can be more than one fabric, but not more than 1/4 yard total. It can be something you used in the center block, or something else you'd like to see in the quilt.

I'm also going to ask for $2 towards mailing your center blocks out around the world...  


Sunday, December 4, 2011

More Stuff

A couple of you have asked about sending extra stuff along with your project, such as
- a label for everyone to sign
- little gifties for the people who will be working on your quilt
- an anonymous note
- more fabric

I think that the label and gifties are fine -- and completely optional -- but keep in mind the size/weight of the gifts so that mailing costs don't get out of hand!

Here's how I feel about notes and more fabric (other than the 1/4 yard that's in the original guidelines):  this is a little bit about giving up control!  It's a small quilt, not a huge commitment, so let the people who are working on your quilt use their creativity.   Relax! 

Is this too harsh? 


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Welcome to the Cotton Robin!

This blog is for the mini Round Robin starting up in January 2012, as originally described on my "main" blog -- Floribunda Quilts.

Here are the preliminary guidelines:

~About the swap…

  • This is a MYSTERY project.  You will receive a finished quilt that includes your original center block, but you won’t see any of the progress until your quilt comes home to you.
  • This is a 5-month commitment and you'll need to have a very good excuse if you want to drop out in the middle. Having said that... life happens and sometimes there is a good excuse, but if this does occur you need to communicate with me instead of disappearing into the void with someone's quilt!  (remember: I know where you live)
  • Once you have signed up for the project, you will be added as an “author” on the blog; let me know if something’s not working!
  • PLEASE do your best work and use good-quality fabric.  This is not as “forgiving” as a block swap, where the recipient can decide to not use blocks that aren’t made well or where the fabric is funky. Everyone will be receiving a finished quilt and it’s not possible to “un-make” it if something is seriously wrong…
  • The second and third people on each quilt will add borders – these may be all the way around or not, depending on your design decisions. You can include plain coping strips before your borders in order to adjust the size.  The borders must be pieced borders or something else that is not a plain piece of fabric. 
  • The finished size of the quilt should be about 16”-20” square or 16”x20”, so plan your borders accordingly.
  • The fourth person on each quilt will layer, baste, quilt, and bind the quilt. If you don't know how to do these things, this isn't the swap for you! Quilts may be hand or machine quilted, and embellishments may be added if appropriate.

 ~About your center block...

  • It should be no more than 8.5” square  or 8.5” x 10.5” (unfinished size)
  • Use fabrics that you love
  • Use colors you love, as this is your mechanism for conveying to all what your personal tastes are
  • Use one color or use 10 colors; your imagination is the limit
  • Use whatever technique is acceptable to you
  • If you prefer traditional styles, this should be evident in this block. The same is true for other styles.
  • If you paper piece, please remove the papers and place a row of stay stitching 1/8" from the edge of the block to prevent distortion
  • Have fun!

~Reminders on Blog posting...

  • Absolutely do NOT post a photo of your center block on this blog or your personal blog, please.
  • I will photograph each block as they arrive to me, and post them on the blog, anonymously. We want the people working on your quilt not to know whose quilt it is.
  • You may post pictures to the blog of the borders you make, but be sure to completely conceal the center block.
You will send your center block to me and it should get here as close to January 15 as possible. I will mail all the blocks out to the first-border-makers to arrive by February 1.  

You will then add a border and mail it to the next border-maker by March 10.

You will mail the finished top (with two borders) to the finisher by April 20, and the finished quilt will be mailed "home" by May 31.

 Once you've read through this and want to participate, please send me an email with the following information:
  • your name
  • mailing address
  • email address
  • phone number
  • blog address, if you'd like it listed
  • do you have a problem mailing internationally?
  • preferences: 
         types of fabric you love or hate
         styles you love or hate
         would you like a hanging sleeve, or don't care
         if quilt is embellished, does it have to be washable

Thanks -- I look forward to great results!