Round Robin - Round Three

Monday, April 11, 2016

It's time to reveal the latest additions to our Round Robin quilts!

red and aqua round robin quilt

(Catch up by reading about Round 1 and Round 2 first.)

This round, Heather and I each had our own quilts back. There aren't many rules when we are working on our own (not that I followed the rules last round anyways...).


red and aqua round robin quilt

Before we even exchanged starting blocks, I had it in my head that for one round I would turn Heather's block on point to add interest to the quilt. However, her block is directional! I was bummed I couldn't change the direction of her block, but decided on the next best thing - I would try it on my own block!

red and aqua round robin quilt

I started out by adding a 1/2" aqua border. Heather had added a similar border before adding a busier border, so I thought it would tie in well and provide just enough separation before my own busy addition.


Next, I made four corner triangle units. I did some quilty math before beginning, but made them slightly larger than I thought I would need so I could trim them to be a perfect fit once assembled.


I started with the scrappy section. I created a paper pieced template on the computer so the pieces would sew together quickly without any exact measuring. The spacing is the same as the center string star block - each piece is 3/4" wide. The entire strip is 3 1/2" wide. I made eight strips.


After sewing the strips, I laid out a mock up of what I had envisioned. I originally was going to put the red fabric next to the scrappy strip, but after laying it out, decided the red stripe didn't stand out like I wanted it to. So I decided to add a 1/4" white strip on either side of the scrappy strip.

To assemble the corner triangle units, I started with a white right triangle. Then I added a 1/2" red strip and the 1/4" white strip.


Next was the string pieced border. I wanted this border to have mitered corners, so that added a challenge! I had to use a y-seam in order to sew them to the triangle unit.


Last, I sewed another 1/4" white strip and a 1/2" strip of red fabric to finish it off.


I sewed the four corner triangle units onto the main quilt. This was trickier than it sounds! I laid out one corner at a time, lined up the main block so there was about 3/8" extra of the corner block on either side, and pinned in place. I lined it up mainly by eye using a couple points on the paper piecing strips for reference. Once sewn, I was ecstatic to see that it had worked! I sewed the opposite corner on then trimmed the excess fabric from the seam allowances. Then repeated with the remaining corners. I was literally jumping with joy when I saw that they had lined up nearly perfectly!

red and aqua round robin quilt

I removed the paper from the strips, snapped some pictures, and sent it off to Heather!

red and aqua round robin quilt

The quilt now measures 36" square. I already have ideas swirling for what to do when it comes back to me again!

red and aqua round robin quilt

I love it!

red and aqua round robin quilt

Now for what Heather added to her quilt!
round robin quilt

Remember what the block looked like when I mailed it back to her?

round robin quilt

She added two borders this round. First, a 1/2" gray strip. Then a 6" border of angled strips in purples and aqua.
round robin quilt


Up close, many of the fabrics are quite wild. But when viewed from afar, they all work so well together! I never would have picked the fabrics that she did! Which is exactly the point of doing a round robin quilt - to stretch, grow, and try new things!

round robin quilt


Her quilt is roughly 38" x 40". I already have ideas on what to add!

round robin quilt

This is the last time we will sew onto each other's quilts. Once we get our own quilts back next month, we can finish them however we want. Come back next month to get an update!

4 comments:

  1. I absolutely love what you did to your block. It is amazing!

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  2. I loved reading about your round robin quilts! I have been teaching a round robin at our guild for the last 4 years. We started with a 12.5" leftover block and switched them around each month and ended up with charity quilts. I designed each and every row and the quilts have turned out beautiful. This last year, was more detailed and I cheated and used a free pattern that I found on the internet with some modification. Not sure what I'll do for next year but you have inspired me. Maybe you and Heather should host a round robin blog for 6 months. I would participate. Carol

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  3. I loved reading about your round robin quilts! I have been teaching a round robin at our guild for the last 4 years. We started with a 12.5" leftover block and switched them around each month and ended up with charity quilts. I designed each and every row and the quilts have turned out beautiful. This last year, was more detailed and I cheated and used a free pattern that I found on the internet with some modification. Not sure what I'll do for next year but you have inspired me. Maybe you and Heather should host a round robin blog for 6 months. I would participate. Carol

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