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    this will be my first round robin. Do I make my 24x24 center anything I want and have it done by the first mailing deadline?

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    This too is my first. I am soooooo excited & scared.


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    Well that didn't work.

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    For the new folks who haven't done a round robin before, I have some ideas. I'm currently doing a round robin now.

    The idea is that you make your center 24 x 24 and the five other people in the group will place a border around it. And the center builds from 24 x 24. When I receive a center block that's 24 x 24, I'll put a 5" border around it and it will grow to 34 x 34. If I put a 4" border on it, it will grow to 32 x 32.

    I didn't see any guidelines about how large the borders should be. A good rule of thumb is usually 4 to 5 inches per border. You can make a fancy 3" border and then place two 1" sashing strips on it that makes it 5". There's all kinds of things you can do. That will grow a 24 x 24 center into a very nice lap sized quilt.

    Well, I'm the opposite of you, Terri and MJ. I have the center ideas, but haven't started to pull fabric yet. My question is this....how do I make a center pattern bigger?? I'm thinking I will play with some paper to see what size I need to be cutting. I'm certainly not smart enough to just figure it out and go because...of course the center looks better on point I'll think some more, then maybe let ya'll know what it says to cut...maybe you non math challenged folks can help
    I do have a couple ideas for folks that aren't sure how to make their center large enough.

    First, you can make your center block and build your own border around it to max it out to the 24 x 24. (I might do that myself.)

    Or, you don't have to make your center block 24 x 24. That's a guideline limit, more or less. You can make your center 20 inches or 15 inches.

    If I recieve a very small center block, I'd be inclined to enlarge the first border to max it out somewhat. We are using creative judgment along with following the guidelines.

    Now, another thing folks can do is make four 12" blocks and sew them together to make up one 24" block.

    An example of that would be what I did in the other thread.

    Take some paper pieced block, make four of them, rotate and sew them together to make some kind of pattern: (Just an example.)





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    The border instructions are in the rules on page 1.
    Each round has a specific border size.

    Cordelia,
    I love what you did with the 4 block thing. Maybe this won't be as scary as I fear...

    MJ

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    OK, I see how this might have been confusing.
    It was my intent that the sizes of the center and each border are to be as laid out in the directions.

    So everyone will end up with the same size quilt - 90 inches.

    The reason I did it this way is that there are some beginners in the group and the rounds are even multiples.

    In other words, round 2 can have (10) 3 inch blocks
    round 3, (7) 6 inch blocks
    round 4, (8) 7 inch blocks
    round 5, (9) 8 inch blocks
    round 6 (10) 9 inch blocks

    You dont have to make blocks for your borders, but if you do, they will fit evenly.

    Sorry for any confusion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jstitch
    OK, I see how this might have been confusing.
    It was my intent that the sizes of the center and each border are to be as laid out in the directions.

    So everyone will end up with the same size quilt - 90 inches.

    The reason I did it this way is that there are some beginners in the group and the rounds are even multiples.

    In other words, round 2 can have (10) 3 inch blocks
    round 3, (7) 6 inch blocks
    round 4, (8) 7 inch blocks
    round 5, (9) 8 inch blocks
    round 6 (10) 9 inch blocks

    You dont have to make blocks for your borders, but if you do, they will fit evenly.

    Sorry for any confusion.
    OK,I dont know how that little thing got in there...its not a test
    It should be 8 - 7 inch blocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by babeegirl
    this will be my first round robin. Do I make my 24x24 center anything I want and have it done by the first mailing deadline?
    You make your center 24 x 24 and it can be anything you want in any technique.
    You can mail it any time before the first deadline.

    Be sure you email me each time you send and receive a quilt top.


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    Here are the sizes and mailing dates.



    First round:
    Mail date: November 1, 2008
    Size: 24 x 24 , finished
    24 1/2 x 24 1/2 unfinished

    Second round: I allowed extra time, due to the holidays
    Mail date: January 15, 2009
    Border Size: 3 inches, finished, 3 1/2 inches, Unfinished
    Finished Size: 30 inches, 30 1/2 inches Unfinished

    Third round:
    Mail date: March 15, 2009
    Border Size: 6 inches, finished, 6 1/2 inches Unfinished
    Finished Size: 42 inches, 42 1/2 inches Unfinished

    Fourth round:
    Mail date: May 15, 2009
    Border Size: 7 inches, finished, 7 1/2 inches Unfinished
    Finished Size: 56 inches, 56 1/2 inches Unfinished

    Fifth round:
    Mail date: July 15, 2009
    Border Size: 8 inches, finished, 8 1/2 inches Unfinished
    Finished Size: 72 inches, 72 1/2 inches Unfinished

    Sixth round:
    Mail date: September 15, 2009
    Border Size: 9 inches, finished, 9 1/2 inches Unfinished
    Finished Size: 90 inches, 90 1/2 inches Unfinished


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    Mary quite contrary, what were you trying to get working. Were you posting pics. It takes quite a long time to download them. Afraid you have to patient, something I havent got a lot off. Try again Please.


    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quite contrary
    Well that didn't work.
    Mary...I saw the pictures this morning...what happened to them? I thought they were great for centers...I just don't know about the material content. I was waiting to see what others said because..I'm a newbie too and don't know what would be best. I loved the fabric though. See if you can post it again.

    Patti

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    I'll try again when I have more patience/time. Thanks though.

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    Hi Judy

    I did not realize that the end quilt will be 90" square. I wanted mine for a single bed. I still want to join in so is ok if when I send my centre block I send amended sizes for my borders so it is about 60" - 72" square when finished. I do not mind working on others it just I would not be able to use it on my bed.

    Margaret Rixson
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    Hi
    I'm very excited about this - only problem is concentrating at work - keep thinking about colours and patterns and trying to decide on my centre!

    One thing in the rules I'm unsure about - how do most people do their labels? The ones I've done so far have been on the computer printing onto that special fabric stuff. Do people normally embroider, or use their machine, or is there some sort of special pen?

    Thanks
    Sarah - Group 4

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    My suggestion is that every use a Pigma Pen to sign the labels. It is a permanent ink that will not wash out or run.

    You can, however, decorate it any way you wish.


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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Terri!!
    I've been looking for you! Are you going to try to swim back??? :shock:

    I have new and exciting fabrics enroute and don't have a clue what to do for my center! Yikes! :roll:
    I'm here, just not on as much since I am sharing lappie with Courtney.
    I was shopping yesterday and thought of you, Purplemem. :)
    Just watch your mail within the next few weeks, you might get a surprise. :) :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Well, I'm the opposite of you, Terri and MJ. I have the center ideas, but haven't started to pull fabric yet. My question is this....how do I make a center pattern bigger?? I'm thinking I will play with some paper to see what size I need to be cutting. I'm certainly not smart enough to just figure it out and go because...of course the center looks better on point :oops: I'll think some more, then maybe let ya'll know what it says to cut...maybe you non math challenged folks can help :wink:
    If your center looks better on point, then make it that way, then just put a border around it to make it square. Know what I mean?

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    Terri!!!
    You are SO good to me! I love you forever!
    I'll be anxiously haunting the mailbox.
    My girlfriends are coming over today to help lay vinyl tiles in my LR, DR, and hall. These are the girls that you made the totes for. They love them so much! Always carrying them everywhere. I'm going to show them your picture today, with your purty new hair! :lol:

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    lol
    Don't start haunting the mailbox for at least 2 weeks. It's going to take me about a week to get home, then I'll have to mail it out to you. Can't mail it from here because I have to add something to it and that something is at my house, not here at daughters.
    Have fun with that tile floor.

    So many things to do once I get back home. Will have to sew diligently to get everything done, especially the square for this round robin.
    I think I know what I'm going to do, but will most likely change my mind about 10 times before I actually do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I think I know what I'm going to do, but will most likely change my mind about 10 times before I actually do it.
    That sounds exactly like me :lol:

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    Isn't that what makes it fun :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I think I figured out my center. I have an Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Christmas Wreath wall handing that will work perfectly for at 24" block. I have always wanted to make a Christmasey quilt for our bed for the holidays and what better way than this round robin. I am going to shop for the fabric when we go to doctor appointments in Redding, next week. I have never made any log cabin blocks before other than to make the likttle log cabin pin cushion but Eleanor's instructions look like it will be a breeze to make. This is going to be a lot of fun.

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    Terri,
    No tile floor yet :(
    But, all the nasty, nasty carpet and padding is gone.
    I would rather have these black tarred concrete floors than that carpeting back. This took all day.

    So I get 2 surprises????? :shock:

    How lucky can I be??


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    Spent most of the day looking for idea for my center block.
    Have picked the colors for sure but still up in the air on the pattern.
    Looking forward to this, I've seen some of the round robins on the
    message board and they are awesome.
    Texasquilts

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    I got out the colored pencils today.

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