Monday, June 27, 2016

Round Robin--Round 2


It's hard to believe that June is already over, but that also means that round one of the mini round robin between myself, Sandra at mmmquilts, Julie at Pink Doxies and Cindy at Stitchin at Home is also over too.  At the end of May I mailed my block, The Attraction block to Julie for her to work her magic on.


In return, Sandra shipped the center for her mini quilt to me.


This block was speaking to me before it ever showed up in my mail box.  "Friendship Stars."  That is exactly what she was saying.  It was kind of funny because normally I would have discussed this project with Sandra, but this time I couldn't.  She really wanted to be surprised.  I however was dying to bounce this idea off of someone.  Lara at Buzzin Bumble and I have been emailing back and forth from comments on each other's posts, so I bounced my idea off of her.  Lara, I'm not sure what took us so long to connect??  But I'm sure glad we did!  She was just as excited about my idea as I was and sent a mock up drawing.  It was like she was in my head.

Since my stars needed to be 3" blocks I wanted them to be as accurate as possible.  I made the decision to paper piece them.  Not my normal choice of piecing, but I wanted perfection.  I used EQ7 to print off a paper piecing template and made a test block.  Yup, it was do able.  For my fabric selection I decided to stick with blue, green and a hint of purple to pull colors from Sandra's block.


Half of the stars would be green with a purple center and the other half blue with a purple center.  I printed off 12 star templates.


And began cutting squares.  Lots of squares.  Lots and lots of squares: 96 background, 12 purple center, 60 green and 60 blue.  A total of 228 squares, but who's counting.  That's a whole bunch of squares for a 3" border.  But they were worth every rotary cut.


They actually stitched up much quicker than I anticipated.


And in no time at all this little Quilter's Retreat star block had it's first addition added.  The border of friendship stars represent all of the friendships made and nurtured during the little quilter's retreat taking place inside of that building. 


 Can't you just hear all of the laughing and fun going on right now?


So round one of our mini round robin is officially finished.  This little block is currently making it's way to Julie for her to work her magic on and Sandra is shipping Cindy's block to me.  Hopefully, my spidey senses will start tingling any moment now.  Since Sandra lives so far away, I think it has to travel through customs and possibly a few states before I can start hearing it.   

To check out the progress on the other blocks in our little round robin make sure you visit, Julie at Pink Doxies, Sandra at mmmquilts and Cindy at Stitchin At Home.


Today I'm linking up with Linky TuesdaySew Cute Tuesday and  Main Crush Monday.

19 comments:

Gina said...

Love what you've done and the reasoning behind it. Can't wait to see your next round

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Paige said...

What a great idea adding the friendship stars! And they are perfect! I really like your center and what Julie added to your block!

Jayne said...

I really love where you took this! The friendship stars are so perfect as a border! Great job Tish! Paper piecing isn't so bad, right?!!

Stitchin At Home said...

Love the addition of the friendship stars! This is fun!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

This is so perfect, Tish! I love how well it coordinates with the center and certainly flows wonderfully with Sandra's theme. I bet she is giddy with happiness! :)

Sandra Walker said...

Well I AM giddy with happiness, Yvonne! Grinning from ear to ear as I type as a matter of fact! Tish, you clearly know me well, know how I love symbolism in quilts and so what you have done, symbolism-wise and colours-wise (LOVE!) just makes me glow with happiness. Yes, I can hear the laughter inside! The hum of sewing machines as well...and I know yours and my machines would be sharing the same table, sister. Mwah! I also love that another dear friend from QBL had a hand in this :-) (and egad! that's a TON of tiny pieces!!)

quiltnparty.com said...

Tish, Friendship stars were such a great choice! The round robin looks like so much fun!

Julie said...

Tish, you're a hard act to follow! I love what you've done, and see why you were printing off the patterns. It's so scary tiny!

Cut&Alter said...

Oh Tish your friendship stars are just perfect. I can't believe how many little pieces you needed but it was definitely worth each and every one.

KaHolly said...

My goodness, Tish, it's absolutely gorgeous! Your round was the perfect addition! What fun this is going to be to watch grow!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Those friendship stars are the perfect addition! I love the way they look around Sandra's block and the way you pulled in just a touch of purple. Having people to bounce idea's off of is something to cherish; I'm happy Lara was able to how you see your vision come to life! :)

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

*help* you - not *how* you.....duh....LOL

Melva said...

The block looks lovely! Good choice. I frequently call my husband in for his opinion of something on my design wall.

Preeti Harris said...

Those stars shine and sparkle :-)
Hugs,
Preeti.

Nancy J said...

Precision pays!!! Beautiful when all laid out, and I am wondering what the final outcomes will all be?

Puppilalla said...

How wonderful. You put a lot of thought and work into this and the outcome looks and feels organic to me. Very nice, I am looking forward to seeing these grow. =)

Lorna McMahon said...

Those Friendship Stars were the perfect choice! And the colours you picked look like they are right at home around the retreat. Those are a lot of little pieces. Can't wait to see what everyone else has done!

Sharon and Bella the Yellow Cat said...

This is looking great! I like the star border very much...

Lara B. said...

Your round turned out even better than I imagined Tish. I love how you did it with a scrappy look and how you pulled colors from Sandra's center block. The symbolism of friendship and the quilting retreat is just the best! I bet Sandra is incredibly happy!
I reckon it was just plain being busy that held us up - but I'm so delighted that we are friends now Tish!

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