Tuesday, January 16, 2018

One more thing...

I'm happy to have new people join the Robin this year, but I need to have your contact information!

If you are a "no-reply" blogger and don't have an email address in your profile, then you need to include it in your comment...  Quiltyoga, this means you!



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Okay -- we're gonna do this!

The 2018 edition of the Cotton Robin will start... now!   Please see the side bar for important dates; the first one is March 1, which is the deadline for getting me your center block.

Your center block should be no bigger than 9"x 9" or 8" x 10" and can be smaller if you wish, or some other dimensions as long at it's not more than about 80 square inches, finished size. Your choice of block and fabric should reflect the sort of quilt you want at the end, although there are no guarantees!

Having said that, please pay attention to the project when you're choosing fabrics for the borders you're adding.  If it's all pink and purple, orange might not be the best choice.  If it's all pastels, maybe that's because the maker really wants a pastel quilt in the end, and you should try to honor that...

As before, please don't use any fabrics that can't be ironed or that will ravel a lot, or will cause problems for sewing/quilting (if you want an exception, contact me -- I approved one last year.)

I'm going to be more strict about fabric and such this year -- seems like every year someone adds a border that is pretty much un-quiltable!  One year it was lame' fabric that shredded and melted; last year it was a clever idea with fusible interfacing that felt like cardboard and made it very hard to finish the quilt.   So, if you use fusible, it must be very light weight.  Do not use any fabric that can't be pressed with a reasonably hot iron.  Do not use fabric that shreds when it's touched. 

Finally, please consider carefully whether you are going to be able to complete each round on time. If not, please don't sign up.  Sorry to be terse about this, but it's kind of a headache when I have to chase people down, and it's not fair to the other participants...

I have 8 people on the list so far; let me know if you want to join, and feel free to invite others who will be willing to follow the rules and whose sewing/quilting you can vouch for!

Happy New Year,