Saturday, June 22, 2013

Another Great Cotton (Round) Robin Revealed

The little round robin quilts from the Cotton Robin have been revealed, so I can share my photos of the quilts I touched along the way and my own quilt which is home again.

My Little Skier (Center)Here's the center I made. The appliqué design was adapted from a stitchery pattern from last year's Aurifil BOM.

I sent it on it's way, hoping it had enough personality and sufficient color clues to the quilters who would add to it and no additional notes were required.

Here's what Glen Julie and MaryJane did with it.

I never considered such a literal interpretation of the theme, but the snow ball and delectable mountain blocks in the subsequent rounds were a sweet idea.

And here's my little skier girl in a finished quilt.


My Cotton Robin Quilt - Finished!

Center ReceivedThis is the first center I received.

It came from Marie, who asked that we use only batiks in the same colors as in her fabrics.  I knew I wanted to put it on point and to add appliqué.  I was tempted to float the block to make more room for appliqué but decided against it, because I wanted to leave room for the next person to have the space to add whatever border they designed for the little quilt.

Applique Detail - Quilt 1I didn't know that my Bernina was going to die ... and that the appliqué would have to be done by hand.  I brushed off my needle-turn skills and really enjoyed that peaceful calm of hand work as I stitched it.

(FYI, The flowers really aren't as purple as they seem in this detail photo–as much as I wanted to break the color rule, I complied).

After me, the quilt went to Glen for the outer border, and Kate for quilting and binding and looked like this:


Marie's finished quilt

Center +1 round ReceivedThe next quilt, which I now know is Kathleen's, had a beautiful Mola at the center, with several narrow plain borders framing it and a second round of colorful flying geese and another skinny plain border, added by Nan.

I decided to put the focus on the center by repeating those colors in more skinny plain fabric borders and a paper-pieced flowering vine (because Kathleen's note said she didn't care for appliqué).  It's been a while since I had paper pieced anything ... so it was good to re-visit that technique.

Detail of Second RoundHere's a detail photo of my round. I used scrappy yellows for the flowers, a couple of green and black prints and a yellow stripey batik. I couldn't resist adding the cactus print as a border to this tropical quilt–the colors were a perfect match and it someone seemed right to include a piece of the high desert where I live.

I really wish I could have kept this one for the next round and quilted it, but I sent it on to Jay and let her have all the fun. Here's the finished quilt.  I think she chose the PERFECT fabric for binding.

Kathleen's Quilt

Anne's center
The last quilt in my queue began as this asterisk-like block from Anne.  When I received it, two rounds had been added by Julie and Marie to complete the top and my task was quilting and binding.

I treated each of the design elements separately when I added the quilting ... and had lots of fun doing it.

The binding and piping colors were taken from the quilt's center.

Here are some detail photos and one and the finished quilt.

feather quilting detail Anne's quilt - quilting detail

Anne's quilt - detail of piped binding Anne's quilt - quilting detail

Anne's quilt detail

Anne's Quilt

Click over to the Big Reveal on the Cotton Robin group blog, to see ALL the quilts.  It's a pretty spectacular group of finishes.

I'm joining the link parties for Link a Finish Friday.

5 comments:

mystudioq.net said...

Your additions just made these quilts sing - gorgeous!!

Diane

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You are so creative! Love them all.

ANudge said...

Gosh they are all so fabulous! Your creative gene is pumping out those wonderful ideas. I especially like your block and what everyone did with that mola block.

Farm Quilter said...

All of these quilts are so wonderful!! What a great Round Robin! You skier is adorable - love the snowballs and DM's!! Your paper pieced blocks were absolutely perfect!! Wow wow wow!!!

QuiltSwissy said...

Oh, was the skier yours? It was the first one I received, and I was so excited. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do.

All those little snowballs were totally perfect for it.

And that blue fabric is part of a vintage apron from my mother's stuff.

Love it!

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