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maryb119 08-25-2020 02:59 PM

TG...Love the border!!! It really ads to the over all design.

Mona G 08-26-2020 02:43 AM

TG, not sure how I'm gonna follow this border.https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images...s/rolleyes.png

Iceblossom 08-26-2020 04:32 AM

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Today I get to figure out how to do the corners on my current round. I'm liking it!

I was mistaken on the progress of the comfort quilt, it is being quilted this week. Here's the top and back blowing in the wind at my Tuesday (outdoor) group.

That's one bold backing fabric!

maryb119 08-26-2020 05:42 AM

I'm sure the corner will look great! You are a tough act to follow.

I like the quilt you are working on.

Iceblossom 08-26-2020 06:30 AM

Oh, so far you make my stuff shine, Mary! Can hardly wait to see what you do with this round.

That wild back came out of my stash, it was a thrift store find maybe 8 yards?? and has been sitting in my stash for at least 10 years. I had it is a "big enough but unlikely to be chosen" along with six or so other fabrics to audition and it was June, the little lady to the left, who just fell in love with it. Harriet on the right pieced the back and our hostess put the top together and will quilt it, June will put on the binding.

Our friend's husband has been in the hospital for about a month now. It was hoped he would be released yesterday but I haven't heard word yet and release has been pushed back a couple of times.

givio 08-26-2020 02:52 PM

Great borders, girls!
IB, love that quilt from your Tuesday group. I've done a couple of quilts with that block pattern. It's a classic. The back is soooo cool.

Iceblossom 08-27-2020 04:20 AM

About to layout the borders and corners again a final time this morning, or at least I think it will be the final. I like this round, it's been a happy thing to work on and it achieves my goals while I hope it contributes to the top as a whole.

Once I have everything set, I shut the door and come back a couple hours later to see if anything jumps out as wrong. Problem is when you layout on the bed and the hubby wants to sleep in it... and of course the cat wants to see what you are doing and the dogs want to see if the cat is getting snacks they aren't.

Barb in Louisiana 08-27-2020 05:59 AM

I just want to compliment all you ladies on the knowledge that I am getting from seeing your creativeness with these Round Robins. I thought I was a quilter, but I am once again seeing that I have a lot to learn. Every time a new picture comes up, I am once again in awe. I am so glad I am sharing the journey with you in spirit.

jaba 08-27-2020 07:10 AM

Good news bugaroo and TG, the center is out for delivery today!! What a relief, only took 24 days....At least it's finally there.

Bugaroo 08-27-2020 07:29 AM

Wonderful!!! Being lost is quiet stressful... so glad to be found!

travelinggramma 08-27-2020 07:53 AM

[QUOTE=Barb in Louisiana;8413278]I just want to compliment all you ladies on the knowledge that I am getting from seeing your creativeness with these Round Robins. I thought I was a quilter, but I am once again seeing that I have a lot to learn. Every time a new picture comes up, I am once again in awe. I am so glad I am sharing the journey with you in spirit.[/QUOTE

Thank you Barb - First I pray you are far from the Hurricane. Second - we all wing it well! I may have an idea when seeing the center online - but not until I touch it and audition fabric and patterns do I come up with a solution! The same goes with the Friendship Boomerang swap (which is just starting). I need to touch the fabric and let it speak to me!!
Be safe!

Iceblossom 08-27-2020 08:11 AM

Best wishes to all in storms of whatever sort you may be in!

It's so funny how I think I have ideas until I see the project in person. Have done a complete change from what I thought I was going to do to what I'm almost done doing this time. Even once I get the general idea there are a lot of thoughts and test blocks and rejects. Rebecca knows I like to peek in on her progress and sends me pictures so I start getting ideas ahead of time....

And then I get to see what Mary does to whatever I give her. It's quite the thrill to see the progress. Plus she is so easy going :) I rather like mailing in the same order in some ways it is certainly easy to remember who to mail to, in other ways I'd like more mixed up just to have different contacts. But each round comes out so differently from each of us that it's a complete surprise what is coming and then what happens next.

Was it the Bee center that was missing/in transit? I'm sorry that one isn't in my group (or at least I don't think it is, I'm still a bit confused).

sewbizgirl 08-27-2020 08:51 AM

Thank you, Barb in Louisiana! I hope you didn't get slammed by the storm. My relatives in south LA are all ok, but they all say there is extensive tree damage. The winds were so high!

carriem 08-27-2020 09:51 AM

Well your excitement for the Boomerang swap had me curious so I have decided to join....hope my wrist/thumb behave!!

Barb in Louisiana 08-27-2020 11:05 AM

I appreciate all of your thoughts & concerns. We did good. Our home is a little over to the east side of Louisiana and all we got was wind, threat of tornados and rain. We haven't lost electricity at all. Others have not fared as well. We had a trailer camp on the Gulf, about 6 miles west of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish, and 1 mile from where the Eye of Laura hit. We sold it a month ago. I am anxious to see how it fared. And all our friends beach houses were at risk too. I am so glad that almost everyone evacuated the areas that were most at risk. So far, only 4 confirmed deaths. That's a miracle.

Bugaroo 08-27-2020 02:14 PM

Iceblossom, yes it was the bee center that flew amuck! it is found and all is good again. : )

sewbizgirl 08-27-2020 08:51 PM

Welcome Carrie! If you join the three month swap, you’ll have plenty of time to get the blocks made. You won’t have to over-tax your wrist.

Bugaroo, so glad your quilt is found. That is a great quilt and we want to see it finished!

Barb, good to hear you are ok!

Iceblossom 08-28-2020 06:50 AM

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Ok, progress shot, dry fit and not yet on the top, corners still oversized to deal with any math flubs. There will be final narrow border of the background so that the leaves float, I think it was designed to be 6.5" with that final edge.

Boy, I really changed my mind on this top once I had it. When it was coming to me I was convinced that I was going to have to set it on point. There would be lots of red and bright blue and pops of yellow. I had it roughly drawn out and just wanted to see if it was going to be "too" big instead of just big.

But then when I got it and saw the little boat in the center, I with my secret messages in fabric could not set a boat to sail forever on troubled water and had to ditch the on point idea. And when I looked closer I saw a narrow inner green border and more traditional fabrics. I liked the points in the 9-patches from Bonnie's round, and I didn't first notice it but then I saw how the blue background made arrow shapes going out at the corners, ended up not being able to incorporate that but I did notice.

Rebecca made a design decision to make her center fan slightly larger than the two on either side and have it go up to and through the seam allowance into the next round. My original design made more use of that, as it is, I was unable to highlight it well but did not cut off her points! I really liked the modern fabrics she used and the calming nature of aqua and peachy tones as opposed to my bright blue and red and yellow... I knew I didn't have enough modern prints, I knew I didn't have enough aqua -- but I had a whole box of green sitting there and I had an idea that could use them and decided the design goal was to be "soft but pointy".

I was concerned at adding another color into this mix. Especially with the red,didn't want it to turn holiday seasonal and deliberately kept out any too-Christmasy prints. I also didn't want it to be too bright. No hidden messages, but I did choose traditional calicos from various eras, there are no spongy textured or novelty (not even green frogs, hurt me to take them out of the mix), or anything too modern.

It's supposed to be a Peaceful, Easy Feeling (when did we get so old...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IepeD3u2YDw

and not so much a bright, bright sunshiney day -- but that was there too!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHxhQPOO2c




sewbizgirl 08-28-2020 07:25 AM

Ice, love your round! The vine encircling the dresden flowers is perfect! Great round.


Bugaroo 08-28-2020 09:11 AM

Oh Ice, that is beautiful! I never would have thought of leaves/plants. Looks wonderful!

LeeAnn 08-28-2020 11:56 AM

OMG, Mary, that is beautiful! I will be hard-pressed to follow that! Great vision! I love it!

LeeAnn 08-28-2020 12:01 PM

Thanks for your kind words Barb, I'm glad you are safe. You should try a round-robin sometime. They a lot of fun and what gets returned to you, in the end, is incredible. It's a piece of art from several different people.

Iceblossom 08-29-2020 06:33 AM

Rargle-snargle! Sitting here with my coffee and thoughts and timed out, let's see if I can get the condensed version out in time. It starts out with:

Quilters are some of the nicest people. Sure, we have a few who are quick to share their opinions of whatever it may be... But as proof I made a pretty major mistake in putting together my center. I caught it in time but I left it in just to see what happened. For one, as I say, I've never had to deliberately make a mistake to keep myself humble. I am all sorts of humble!

For two, is that we get so caught up in the small mistakes some times. We know looking at my center that we see a weave of ribbons so that is what we see. My original idea for the swap was too large, but it was bright and bold using hand dyes and black. My first idea for the ribbons was also to use black and make it very architectural and precise and 3D. But then I looked and saw that bag of bits I wanted to do something with, and that something was more humble...

For three, quilters are nice. We will work around that which we can, correct that which we can't. And most of us try for the "if you don't have anything nice to say" part of life. I don't think I've seen a single mention of "was that the weave you wanted?"

And now I see the fantastic additions by Mary and LeeAnn and am thinking -- humble is over-rated! Woohoo, good going ladies I really appreciate what you've done so far.

I think both Rebecca and I were/are concerned with leaving little tiny borders for the next person to deal with. Had I done what I originally thought with a blue background, there would have been dark blue and red triangles in the centers and I could have celebrated what she did better than in my complete turn around. The way she did her workmanship certainly made it easy for me to deal with.

I think what I've found is it is better to go a little over size to get the look you really want and leave whatever issues we have from a narrow border to the next person on the list. And that's because Mary is a nice quilter and will deal with a .5" designed finished edge....

givio 08-29-2020 08:52 AM

IceBlossom, It looks like you've been thinking a lot about quilters and additions during the RR. Last night when I got home from work I looked in on our thread and I found your post about my center and your addition. At the end of it, you added those Youtube links. Before making a comment to tell you how much I loved your addition, I clicked on the links. Music! I don't know why exactly you put those songs there-- but now, when I look at your round in the future it's going to remind me of music.

As most people can attest, certain songs from the past can be associated in your mind with certain memories of your life. Music can play a pretty special role in a life. It has for me.

Sometimes I get caught up in the Youtube sidebar and start watching one after another. Last night, I began with your links, then I clicked on one after another music Youtube until dawn. At 6am I looked at the clock, and counted on my fingers how many hours I had to sleep until my first commitment for Saturday. lol Not so many! I have to buzz along now, put I wanted to for sure check in before I go out to let you know I'm so pleased with the round you made. Thank you for adding such a sweet round with green. :-)

Macybaby 08-29-2020 10:58 AM

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Here is a sneak peak at Mona's quilt. Bugarroo went 3" and 9" on her sides, and I'm doing the same (opposite) with mine, I think it's going to look really neat!. Bugaroo, you'll notice I moved one of your squirrels a bit so it could be climbing up the tree. I'll be putting a bit of a hump of grass for the second squirrel to be sitting on. I sure do love those squirrels!

I've got the narrow tree and the wider top branches figured out, so now i need to do the narrow (grass) bottom and the other wide side that will have another smaller tree/shrub. Once the applique is done, then the fun starts with adding the embroidery!

When it's done, it will measure 54.5" square - that is one advantage to embroidery/applique - I start big and trim down to exact size and no worry if the pieces are going to fit correctly https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/smile.png

BTW - the blue "sky" is very pale, on my monitor it looks a lot more blue than it does for real.

Mona G 08-29-2020 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by Macybaby (Post 8413885)
Here is a sneak peak at Mona's quilt. Bugarroo went 3" and 9" on her sides, and I'm doing the same (opposite) with mine, I think it's going to look really neat!. Bugaroo, you'll notice I moved one of your squirrels a bit so it could be climbing up the tree. I'll be putting a bit of a hump of grass for the second squirrel to be sitting on. I sure do love those squirrels!

I've got the narrow tree and the wider top branches figured out, so now i need to do the narrow (grass) bottom and the other wide side that will have another smaller tree/shrub. Once the applique is done, then the fun starts with adding the embroidery!

When it's done, it will measure 54.5" square - that is one advantage to embroidery/applique - I start big and trim down to exact size and no worry if the pieces are going to fit correctly https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/smile.png

BTW - the blue "sky" is very pale, on my monitor it looks a lot more blue than it does for real.

This is sooooo cute. I LOVE IT.

Bugaroo 08-29-2020 02:57 PM

Macybaby... that is beyond wonderful almost as if the quilt is hanging in the tree. No worries about moving Sir Squirrel. He looks quiet happy to be on a tree. Mona I am loving your quilt more and more.

This being my first round robin, I had no idea of the ownership you feel towards the quilts you have worked on. Its kind of like watching children grow as a teacher... you added just a tad to their story. So glad I joined this group!

Bugaroo 08-29-2020 03:00 PM

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I have decided on fabric for Travelinggramma's quilt. Following Carrie is a hard act to follow. I am going with a good bit of white to add space and then darker blues and greens with a pop of bright green.

travelinggramma 08-29-2020 03:54 PM

MacyBaby - you have taken my breath away - and I am so thankful I do not have to follow you!!!
Bugaroo - those colors are so perfect. Can't wait to see what great things you will come up with.
I am working on your bees. Do bees need black wings?

LAF2019 08-29-2020 05:01 PM

macybaby. that is going to be so awesome! love lurking through everyone's pictures.

givio 08-29-2020 05:44 PM

Macybaby, Who would of thought? A tree! Well, you, of course. :-) What a clever one you are!
Bugaroo, I'm glad you joined too! I'm glad everyone joined. It's so nice to do a Round Robin. For all the years I've been on the Board, there was only one other one-- although I heard there was one before I joined the Board. I'm surprised there haven't been more, because it's really fun to do, and fun for people to watch as well.

lum 08-29-2020 10:52 PM

I have been lurking along and enjoying the pictures. You may want to take another look at the tail of the squirrel on the tree, I think his tail is backwards.

Macybaby 08-30-2020 06:19 AM


Originally Posted by lum (Post 8413993)
I have been lurking along and enjoying the pictures. You may want to take another look at the tail of the squirrel on the tree, I think his tail is backwards.

Lum, I think you are correct. I'm going to see if I can still flip it. I always find it interesting at how much we can look at something and not see things like that. I once made a quilt that made a kaleidoscope pattern, and I got one of the outer blocks flipped. I looked and looked, posted pictures, quilted and bound it, and then took another picture and that was the first time I noticed that one block was upside down. At that point it was way to late to fix lol!


Iceblossom 08-30-2020 06:21 AM

Macybaby -- That tree is fantastic! What a marvelous and creative turn!! Talk about "out of the box" and unexpected yet perfect.

(I didn't notice at first, but I think Lum is right!)

Bugaroo, the "ownership" thing... yeah, I'm feeling it too. I do have a connection with each center and then have to pat it on it's head, let it spread its wings and set it free into the world... or at least forward it on to be carried by Mary's hands until the next round until it ultimately comes home again. There's part of that in the Peaceful Easy Feeling, that it's ok if something is beautiful and our participation only temporary. I'm feeling good about it. I'm already standing on the ground.

I didn't realize this round robin was an unusual thing on the board. It is hard forming a group and working together for the first time, especially when we are scattered by wide distances. It's rather nice to be completely free to do what we want each round, the round robins I'm more familiar with have very definite rules for each round. I've had to come to terms with the ideas that I am basically a hobbit, I like to live a comfortable life with pockets, multiple meals, and one set of rules. I'm less comfortable free form.

As I've admitted from the beginning, I was in pretty bad mental health at the start of this. I'm doing ok now, and a lot of it is from this project and this thread. I does give me a purpose and I needed that. First two months though -- wooo, I had me some classic anxiety stuff going on in addition to my "usual" depression and the crazy world around me, I don't usually have that sort of reaction. Hope I can continue in the excited and having fun mode and keep out of the anxiety from here out.

I would certainly do other group projects in the future, but I don't know when/if my self imposed schedule would be clear enough. I'm planning on doing the Bonnie Hunter Mystery again this year, this ends just in time to clear for that. I had several projects planned for this year that I just wasn't able to get started on -- but they are starting to call to me.

Macybaby 08-30-2020 07:33 AM

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tail surgery has been successful!

Bug- I hope you don't mind that I took the liberty to fix this - I'm assuming that if it had been noticed before you sent it on to me, you'd have fixed it yourself!


geevee 08-30-2020 08:33 AM

This is such a great round robin to follow, so much wonderful and creative work you're all doing. Since I started reading this one (and only found it because it was linked through the border thread on the main page), I've been going through the older round/row robin threads, oh my - what trials, tribulations (and elations) they were, I felt like I lived every twist and turn of each of them. lol

Can't wait to see the rest of the progress on these, all of your work is just beautiful!

givio 08-30-2020 08:43 AM

With 37,000+ views it's safe to say that our 12 participants in the two groups of the RR are not the only ones looking in on this thread. It was enlightening to hear from Lum about the squirrel! And fun to find out we are providing reading material for geevee. :-) Thanks for posting, you quilting friends!

Mona G 08-30-2020 10:56 AM

I thought there was something hinky about that tail but I couldn't put my finger on it.

givio 08-30-2020 11:45 AM

Mona, lolol

Bugaroo 08-30-2020 02:38 PM

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Thanks for doctoring on my poor squirrel. I made him up from looking through pinterest. I thought he was a bit wonky but just contributed it to his squirrely personality!

I finished Travelinggramma's today. I like the darker blues and bright green for contrast. The quilt is now 54 or 54.5 inches (I can't remember which at this moment). Does that sound about right?


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