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Thread: Row Robin 2011 group 3 - *3's a Charm*

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    Welcome to Row Robin 2011 Group 3. Our group includes: Mariah, Roseysue, Scaroca, boohoofish, and ssnare. Mariah is our group leader. My name is Sherry. I am going to help Mariah with this thread. This is where we can communicate with each other and show our pictures and progress on each row. We can ask questions. Some of us are new to quilting and some are more experienced. Four of us have flowers as our theme and one has Christmas. This will be so much fun.

    Since we are group 3, I thought "3's a charm" would be a cute name. Mariah likes it , what do the others think about this?
    I have been watching the threads on group 1 and 2 to get ideas.

    We will want to send a journal with our row telling about ourselves, and each adding to each journal. We want to make an autograph block to send with our row and 5 signature blocks . One to keep and one for each to put one on the back or front of her quilt.

    Since my theme is flowers, I decided to put a large butterfly as my autograph block for everyone to sign. And I drew a smaller butterfly to make the 5 signature blocks for each one to keep with my information on it.

    So be thinking about what you would like for your items. Take plenty of pictures. Keep us posted on your progress. Let each person know when you mail and when you receive the rows. The other groups also mentioned to insure each package and get a delivery confirmation when you send a package. If anyone has any other information or suggestions, please let Mariah or me know. Let the fun begin! I am looking forward to meeting all of you and learning about each one of you.
    Hugs, Sherry

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    Looks good; Before I forget; how do you add your signature? Also, I am sure you realize we are "neighbors, of about 100 mi.,Our 2 daughters live in the KCArea. The oldest daughter lives in Bucyrus, and the youngest, who lost her husband recently, lives on a farm outside of Paola. Our Son lives here in town.
    I love your blocks. Did you use cheater cloth, or fussy cut? I might have a picture ready to send by next weekend. It depends on how tired I am after Christmas!
    I saw in your bio that you are a registered nurse. Our oldest daughter finished her RN at Park University last May. She got her degree the day after our son-in-law took his life. We were ready to go to spend a day of Joy with her grad., but it ended up we were mourning the loss of Tim, Deb's husband. Guess we never know.
    I will send a picture of us as soon as I can get organized a little better.
    Thanks for helping; I really appreciate it!
    Merry Christmas.
    Keep in touch.
    Mariah/Martha.

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    Just making sure I get this. I make my row with 6 blocks and I also send along 5 signature blocks for eveyone to sign and then I can add then on to the quilt when I receive it back.??

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    Ok I re-read the directions. 5 blocks and 1 label for everyone to sign. got it

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaroca
    Just making sure I get this. I make my row with 6 blocks and I also send along 5 signature blocks for eveyone to sign and then I can add then on to the quilt when I receive it back.??
    The row you make, needs to be 12 1/2" x 60 1/2". It can be made from (5) 12 1/2" square blocks or a whole scene that is one piece the measures 12 1/2" x 60 1/2". Or it can be any size block you choose, just so the finished row is 12 1/2" x 60 1/2". The signature blocks don't have to be blocks, I may just cut out butterflies and write my info on them and the other group members can put them on their finished top or back however they want to use them. The 1 autograph block is for everyone to sign and it goes with your row and comes back to you at the end of the row robin.

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    We have 2 votes for the name of our group. How do you like
    "3's a charm" for our group name? Mariah and Sherry like this.
    Is this ok with the others in our group?

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    I thought I would post the rules from bookworm so everyone has them at their fingertips.

    Row Robin 2011

    Overview:
    This row robin is meant to be a fun, social and learning experience. There is no skill level requirement, only to do the best work that you can. If you have concerns about what to add at any point, feel free to ask for help from others in your group, the host of the RR, other sewing friends, or even the owner of the center. Remember…this is FUN!

    Rules:
    1. Fabric should be prewashed and of a type that you would be happy to receive yourself. This means 100% cotton but but does NOT need to be LQS.

    Please remember that each top will circulate through many sets of hands and equipment as it travels the world. There may be a variety of techniques used as well. it's best to select fabrics that will hold up well under a variety of conditions and that can withstand repeated machine washing. Fabrics you can see through, that appear to fray easily, or that are loosely woven are not the best candidates for a shared project.


    2. Use any techniques in which you feel comfortable, machine/hand piecing, machine/hand appliqué, machine/hand embroidery, paper piecing, etc. This in not particularly the time to experiment with new techniques unless you are confident that you can pull it off. You might want to experiment before attaching the row to the quilt in case you have to rework something.

    3. Each row will be 12 ½” by 60 ½”

    4. We will be posting pictures with each round, unless you specify that you do not want to see your quilt until it is finished. For most of us…we just can’t wait.

    5. Please stay on target for the mailing dates. You will have approximately 2 months between mailings. If something happens that will cause you to be late mailing, please email the person who you will be mailing to and the leader of the group. Specific mailing dates will be sent out with the group assignments.

    6. You will need to insure your packages when mailing.

    7. Please, ONLY sign up if you are serious! We understand that life does and can get in the way, but if you KNOW you cannot fulfill your end, PLEASE do not sign up.

    8. These rules apply to EVERYONE!

    The Quilt:

    The theme is a design of your choice. You need to make the first row 60 ½” by 12 ½” but you can orient it either horizontal or vertical. (Each row should be carefully measured and squared)
    Each sequential row should be a continuation of the theme of the first row but can be what technique you would like.

    Add a Label
    We suggest that you add some type of label to circulate with your top so that all the members of your group can sign it. Please use a Black Pigma pen or some type of black permanent fabric marker. You might want to leave enough room for everyone to list their name along with their board name, their city, state, country, and the date.
    If you don't want to do a label for people to sign because you haven't figured out what you want the label to look like, that is fine too...just add a piece of paper that people can sign.

    Graciously accept your finished quilt

    Sometimes the final quilt owner will want to add more embellishments or add an additional border, but everyone who worked on your quilt used their best abilities. After the Row Robin has closed, of course it is your quilt to do whatever you choose. We will all look forward to seeing the quilted final product! Please do not post pictures that show alterations or changes in someone else’s work though. Please be conscious of other feelings. If this isn’t acceptable to you, please DO NOT play.

    Tips and Lessons Learned:

    1. Print off the rules, mailing dates and your group mailing list.
    You will be referring back to it.

    2 Don’t panic…hang the top for a few days and let it speak to you. They tend to “tell you what they need next”.

    3. If you are trying something new….do it on the separate row, do NOT sew it to the quilt until you are sure it worked.

    4. Make sure you understand how to fill out the customs forms BEFORE you send an International package

    5. Please DO NOT let tops pile up on you. If you need help, ask…there are others who can and will step in to help you through a time crunch bind. We can work it out.

    6. Please handle the quilts carefully. We all drag them around to show them off to friends, guild members, LQS, etc. but when doing so, we can stretch the rows so the finished quilt doesn’t lie flat. Please make sure it does lie flat prior to mailing it on to the next person.

    7. Feel free to add information to accompany your quilt such as colors you would prefer or something you definitely don't want, that it may be a gift, etc. Please don’t add fabric to your package as it does cost more to mail it along. You can add a little swatch card with what fabrics you used, the manufacturer’s name, etc. as someone may want to match something. If you do have extra fabric, you might want to let others know, they may ask for some to be mailed to them directly to work on a specific round if they can‘t purchase it.

    8. If for ANY reason, you feel the need to resign from doing this at ANY point in the "game", PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know! It's not fair to the others for someone to just pull out, not tell anyone and keep what is not theirs.

    Mailing Dates

    You have two months to get each round done.

    1st Row – mail by February 15th

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    Row 2 – April 15th

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    Row 3 – June 15th

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    Row 4 – August 15th

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    Row 5 – October 15th

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    3's a charms sounds good to me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaroca
    3's a charms sounds good to me too.
    Yeah, we have 3 votes for "3's a charm" as our group name.

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    I think we have 4 votes for our group name " 3's a charm". We have not heard from boohoofish yet. Maybe, she is busy with Christmas and holiday stuff. I hope she is ok.

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    Sounds like "3's a charm" is our name. You girls are sooo fast! You were having fun with the row robin, while I was with our daughter seeing what to do with the cut she got on her.......... So, we spent 2 hrs. there.
    But they are going home today so I will begin to function again pretty quick.
    I just don't think I can keep up with 1 mo. turn-around. I have just for quilt guild, 2 meetings a month, and in Jan., we have a work day for community quilts. Plus, a weekend here celebrating birthdays--3 total, plus an annual mtg. at church.
    Don't forget that after we get out rows back, that we have to decide how we want it all quilted. I will have to hand quilt mine,as I already have the Christmas Quilt to be sent out to machine quilt. So, it would just make twice as much quilting for us. What does everyone think??
    Think and later.
    Mariah.

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    Sherry, did I ask you if you fussy-cut your Blue Flowers, or are they cheater cloth? Sure are pretty!
    Mariah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariah
    Sherry, did I ask you if you fussy-cut your Blue Flowers, or are they cheater cloth? Sure are pretty!
    Mariah.
    They were all on 1 panel that I purchased, so I fussy cut them. I am almost done with my row. I need to measure it with my new 120" tape measure I got for Christmas. :lol: I think it is a wee bit too long.
    Then I will work on my label. I got a pigma pen for Christmas too. Then I will work on my signature pieces and look for a small journal for others to add information to as we send the rows around.

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    RowRobin#3--row robin 2011 "three's a charm..."
    Hi Everyone. My name is Mariah, and I am in the above group for the row robin. Sherry has been helping me, and how she knew I could use some help, I don't know! I do know that with a houseful of company, a new computer, and lots of other "stuff," that she was an angel coming down to our house!
    Anyway, Bookworm asked me to be Group Leader. All that means is that if anyone has a sudden problem that you need an answer to, just let me know. I will do my best to answer. If I don't know, I will get ahold of Bookworm and get an answer for you. It just saves her communicating with everyone, and makes her hostessing easier.
    We were going to name our group. Sherry came up with "three's a charm," which I think we only have one more to hear from to have our vote completed. Sorry; I can't remember who was yet to write to the thread; my brain is really "fried" tonight, but it will be going again tomorrow!!
    Also, some in group 1 decided to do a 30 day-turn-around instead of 60. I mentioned this as I added to Sherry's thread of above. I would prefer to just keep it 60 days, as my answer to a previous thread said. Also, we have to remember we will be wanting to quilt our rows upon completion. If we do a 30 day-turn-around, it just means we have twice as much quilting to do. I already have a quilt to make from my swap with Madien-Maine, and a Christmas Quilt top to finish. So, that is just my idea; what is the feedback from everyone else?
    Sherry mentioned seeing pictures of everyone's row, which sounds like fun! She also mentioned a journal from each of us to put with our row. Maybe she can "fill us in," on that a little more thoroughly.
    That is all from me tonight. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and looking forward to New Years!
    Stay in stitches,
    Mariah.

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    I am finally picking my head off the pillow, recovering from my 'all-nighter' I did to finish the placemats I was making for a Christmas Gift. I guess I spent too much time 'talking to everyone on here and not enuf time sewing - I think it's called procrastinating!
    I've been reading the thread for our group so I can answer anything that is asked and make comments too. I think I told in the other thread sherry that "3's a charm" is fine with me.
    I think I would like to stay with 60 days, since I like to participate in a number of things as well as my ongoing line of QBD (quilts to be done ( family is coming back for more!) as well as guild activities and a couple of other group activities on the board.
    I don't want to rush what will be a very special row for each of you and that's very important to me. I have the different fabrics I'm going to use in my row for me. I will take a pic to show. Thanks Sherry for your pics.

    I agree that it will be great to have pics from everyone as we go along- inspiring and really builds the excitement!

    Tell us more about the Journal, Sherry. Sounds like a good idea. I just need to know what you are talking about.
    Also more description about the autograph block would help me since I cannot visualize ( a picture too when there is one)
    With mailing our first row (our row) do we mail it by Feb 15?
    About quilting the rows - do we quilt each row as we finish the row? It will help to have more info on that since I can't picture all that coming together. Does that mean we sandwich the row with batting and backing? I need some clarification please.
    Christmas was fun with Family,but honestly, you all are a more 'knowing' family than any family or other friends I have. We share such a special bond and love for fabic and color and shapes and feel. Only those of us can 'know'what that is.
    I'm going to go to bed so I can start tomorrow 'catching up on those things I had to put off during Christmas (finish and give a few gifts not done in time, gather 'returns' together and get them in the mail. ( I sure can use the 'credit to my credit card acct.)
    Then begin to organize my sewing room, sort fabric (see what came in while i was too busy to enjoy it) and
    inbetween all these activites, do my quilting during periods of time to make some progress there!!!

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    60 days is fine with me too. I am off for 3 weeks now, but I teach CNA classes 2 days a week and go to 2 guilds and belong to 4 Red hat groups. And I am in secret pal swap. I also get in my exercise at the pool, so my legs don't hurt me as much. The neatest thing of all is that I have been nominated for an excellence teacher award and I have to prepare a 30 page portfolio and that all has to be turned in by Jan. 31. I have never done a portfolio. :? I will look on the other threads of group 1 and 2 and find out more about the journal, label and etc. and get back to you. We mail our first row by Feb. 15. And everything we want to send with it. We do not quilt them as we sew the row. We quilt our own when we get it back. At least that is the way I interpret it. This is my first time too and I am new to quilting. I have just been reading the threads from group 1 and 2 to see what to do.

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    I didn 't think anyone else would still be up. Can't get away from this can we? You sound a lot busier than me! But you know that 'busy people are happy people' so I know we are really really happy. I kinda thought that we quilted it at the end, since it wouldn't look very good done piecemeal. I'm trying to catch up on 2 days of resisting my computer, since I get here and the time flies by
    I posted in the main thread asking about others who are doing what I am doing- having their fabric used to construct a satr in their block, I want to see if they have the same idea. I know I saw one person and didn't get back there before all the groups were chosen. If you run across anything like it let me know..
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    Frogquilter & Nancy in Louisianna (batik Stars)are both doing stars, but groups 1 & 2 had already been chosen b4 I printed the list, hope this helps

    Quote Originally Posted by Roseysue
    I didn 't think anyone else would still be up. Can't get away from this can we? You sound a lot busier than me! But you know that 'busy people are happy people' so I know we are really really happy. I kinda thought that we quilted it at the end, since it wouldn't look very good done piecemeal. I'm trying to catch up on 2 days of resisting my computer, since I get here and the time flies by
    I posted in the main thread asking about others who are doing what I am doing- having their fabric used to construct a satr in their block, I want to see if they have the same idea. I know I saw one person and didn't get back there before all the groups were chosen. If you run across anything like it let me know..
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    Good Morning everyone,
    Good to hear, Roseysue, and sounds like you had a Christmas similar to mine; lots of people, tried to do too much, ect. I am glad it is over, but it was fun and we enjoyed every minute of it.
    To answer your questions, here I go. I got the answers from Bookworm before we started, as I had the same questions.
    No, we don't do any quilting before sending it on. When we get all of our rows back, then we do the sandwiching and quilting. Just the rows go for now.
    I don't want to hurry either. I don't get to quilt except in the evenings, and that is when we don't have company or are gone somewhere. So, this will work out perfect.
    I do hope I can get my row marked for quilting, but it won't be a big deal if I don't.
    Have a wonderful New Year, everyone, and talk later.
    Mariah.

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    Here is information on the autograph blocks: We all make 4 autograph blocks and 1 for ourselves – a total of 5. We sign our name, forum name, where you are from, the group name & activity and date. (you can add or subtract whatever info you want, it's up to you what you include). After filling out what you want to put on your blocks, keep one for yourself, then send the rest with your row. Everyone should take one at the time they work on your row. The rest are sent on with your row onto the next, until your row & blocks have passed through everyone and you get your row home again, minus your autograph blocks. We will end up with signature blocks signed by all of us to go with our quilts. There are all kinds of autograph blocks. Quilters cache has some, or check the internet for the block patterns. It really is endless. We will be taking one each,for us to keep. These accompany the row we are working on.

    Then you include a label that has as an example:

    Row Robin 2011 hosted by Bookworm
    *3's a Charm*
    Row 1 (completed by): ( name, date, location)
    Row 2 (completed by): ( name, date, location)
    Row 3 (completed by): ( name, date, location)
    Row 4 (completed by): ( name, date, location)
    Row 5 (completed by): ( name, date, location)

    I hope this makes sense. The autograph blocks and label can be any shape or size you choose to go with your theme or whatever you choose. Use a black pigma pen or send one with your row.

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    The journal is a small book that you write in introducing your self, who you are, your interests, etc. ..... sending a picture. Put your theme. Whatever you want to add. As others receive your journal, they add to your journal about themselves, which row they worked on it and date. They might add ideas they have for your quilt as they are working on it. Your journal stays with your row and autograph blocks. Your journal returns to you with your row, your label, and their autograph blocks. So at the end, we each have more information about each other. You can include your name, address, phone number, email, birthday. Whatever you would like. If you do not want to have a journal, that is ok too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roseysue
    I didn 't think anyone else would still be up. Can't get away from this can we? You sound a lot busier than me! But you know that 'busy people are happy people' so I know we are really really happy. I kinda thought that we quilted it at the end, since it wouldn't look very good done piecemeal. I'm trying to catch up on 2 days of resisting my computer, since I get here and the time flies by
    I posted in the main thread asking about others who are doing what I am doing- having their fabric used to construct a satr in their block, I want to see if they have the same idea. I know I saw one person and didn't get back there before all the groups were chosen. If you run across anything like it let me know..
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    Roseysue, don't worry, I will figure it out and make stars out of the flower fabric. Love , Sherry

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    Hi Everyone, I am confused about where they Star should be in our row. Think it is a good idea, just don't know.
    Thanks Sherry for your clearing up the journal, ect, for us. I can tell you did a lot of reading and corresponding on all of this before we became group 3!!
    Mariah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariah
    Hi Everyone, I am confused about where they Star should be in our row. Think it is a good idea, just don't know.
    Thanks Sherry for your clearing up the journal, ect, for us. I can tell you did a lot of reading and corresponding on all of this before we became group 3!!
    Mariah.
    I am confused also, about Roseysue's request for stars in her row. I think she means that she wants a star pattern in the quilt block and she wants us to make the stars out of flower material.
    Mariah, I send to you each time. And Roseysue's will be a few rows down the line. So I think we will understand it all better when we see her pictures. She also wants the flowers to be real looking flowers in light to medium pinks. Her favorite is roses. I will just have to wait and see how hers looks and what I can find to go with it.

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    My row does not have to have stars. Everyone can do the row however they want to. I know I will probably do simple rows, since I am new to quilting. I hope this is all right with everyone.

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