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,



Kate North said...

Time to get thinking, I guess! :)

Frog Quilter said...

Please count me in!

Christa said...

Yes, yes, yes! Looking forward to it. Thank you, Julie.
May I suggest you put an asterix behind those in the Robineers listing on the right who are linked to their blog? Every so often I click on one after the other to see what our friends are doing to find who has a blog. Of course it would be easier if I knew who had one.

Terry Fischer said...

Hi Julie, thanks for hosting again. Please add me to the list.

Susieboots said...

Hey Julie- Thanks for the update.
I would love to join in this year, so sign me up!

Shannon said...

Hi Julie, I think you already have me, but if not, I'm definitely in!

quiltyoga said...

I'd love to be in on this please!
I haven't done anything else that has stemmed from this blog so if I do need to do something more before starting the round robin, please let me
Thanks for organizing this! I LOVE round robins!


Happy Room Diana said...

I’ve sent you an email as I would love to join this Round Robin group.

Elizabeth said...

I'd love to join again this year, Julie. Thanks for your comment about "unquiltable" additions! I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to make each of the quilts grow. And my Cotton Robins are a valued addition to my wooden walls.


roccagal said...

I am going to sit this one out-got too much on my plate. I will be watching from the sidelines-maybe next time!