Friday, 4 September 2015

Round Robin Project

Many of you know that I have been doing a round robin project with my mom, my friend Debbie, and her mom.  Yesterday, the project is officially complete.  All ladies have received their final quilt top!!!!

I can easily say that this was one of the most challenging but thrilling quilting experience that I have ever had. Plus, I love my quilt top more than anything!!!

How the round robin worked was each person made a 20 by 20 block and passed it along.  The next person added 20 inches to the width and height and passed it along.... etc.

We didn't set any other rules to keep it creatively open, but we were all supposed to create a journal and add to each other's journal.

My Quilt!

My starter block was inspired by my love of camping and canoeing. I wanted it to look like you were in the canoe, paddling through the Muskokas.

Here is the finished block. I then sent this to Linda for the next round.  She added a gorgeous tree and flying geese border to it.  Isn't it cute?!?

Next round was my mom.  Being a typical mom, she added a hand embroidered tree... seriously, there are thousands of hand stitched pine needles in there AND a tiny squirrel peaking out from the trunk.  She also added the bear, camp fire, and 3-D tent.  A pieced border finished her round.  Way to go mom!
Debbie was the last round and she finished it off with these AWESOME paddles.  It really tied the quilt back to the canoe theme.  Look how lovely it turned out.  I couldn't be happier!!

Debbie's Quilt

Debbie's quilt started off with a "wonky" red plus blue makes purple block. It took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to add to it.  I drew up several designs and decided to keep the theme of combining colors.
I added a yellow border and then green and orange to finish off her original squares.  I thought it made a nice medallion for the center of her quilt.
Linda then added a fractured rainbow border.  She mimicked my yellow border in the corners of her piece.
Mom then added the last border.  She created open pieced squares and then added fabric paper-airplanes flying through the squares.  They even have embroidery flight lines!!

Look how cute this quilt is!!

Donna's Quilt

Mom started out with a beautiful ocean scene.  She says she was "practicing" a technique, but we all know she was just showing off.
Debbie then added a black and white border and then extended the scene. 

I thought it looked like a stained glass version of mom's block. So I made that stained glass into a window.  I added black and white compasses to the corners to tie in the border.
Linda echoed the window and created a bunch of attic window blocks but with a gradient color scheme. 

I love how serene this quilt is.

Linda's Quilt

This is the last quilt I worked on!  Linda started out with an 11 sided circle.
Mom added a grey border and appliqued triangles to make a hexagon.  I love how modern this turned out to be!

Debbie then added a triangle/hexi border to two sides.
I knew I wanted to tie in triangles, hexagons, and squares, so I decided to add a bunch of modern borders. 

I love all the projects and it was such an amazing project.  Each person put so much thought and work into their piece of the project.  It was such a wonderful experience.

We all opened our tops yesterday at the exact same time.  There were no spoilers.  No one cheated or leaked what we were getting.  BEST IDEA EVER!