Monday, December 14, 2015

Let's get this party rolling!

I have 15 players so far, and I'll send you each an email with mailing assignments later on. If you haven't let me know that you want to play, yet -- there's still time before the end of the year!

Here 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) 

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/style 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 raveling ... 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! 


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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Clock is Ticking!

Don't forget the 2016 edition of the Cotton Robin will start soon -- check out the important dates for 2016 in the sidebar to the right... and this year's important rules in a previous post.

You can sign up until the end of the year. We're sort of light on participants so far, so if you haven't contacted me yet -- please do!  If you want to post a link to this blog somewhere else, that's okay, too.

(If you have already told me you're interested, no need to do it again. I have a list, just like Santa)