I LOVE this block and the colors are awesome. This looks really great!
These fabrics are great together! What a beautiful center!
Great center...love swoon!
Thanks Skynme I've been wanting to try this block for a while and I'm happy with how it came out.
Thanks sareew . It seemed a little disjointed as I was making it so at one point I was a little worried I wouldn't like the finished block.
True - I do too. There are so many possibilities out there. This has made me want to do more of this block.
Looks fabulous! Love your use of colors! :)
I agree on the color. That "tiled" fabric just pulls it altogether.Will have to check out the tutorial as I love Swoon but have yet to tackle it! This is a great center!
Thanks Terryt1955 . It wasn't bad at all. The only reason I had to take a couple of things apart was because I wasn't paying attention.
LOVE! Thanks for including the link, too. She has a neat blog.
I have the swoon block on my quilting bucket list. I love your fabric choices and appreciate the link to the tutorial.
HawkFan , my thoughts exactly. I originally purchased the fabric for a baby quilt I made for a friend. Now that I see how you used the tile fabric, I am thinking of having a multicolored print in my swoon blocks.
Having done the Swoon along last year and made a lap quilt it is not that hard (do not read all those comments saying it is). Just pay attention and my one suggestion, if you are doing more than one block but in different fabrics, is cut fabric as you go block by block and label it. It really helped me keep things straight. It is such a wonderful block and can be done is so many different ways with different fabrics! I love Camille's blog.
True I can definitely see that being helpful. I just did the one block but changed it up to surround the center star with blue instead of white and I really had to think about it. I love the block style and will definitely do more some time down the road. I'll take your advice on going one at a time.
That is a stunning center - love it!
That is the best part, isn't it?
Caribousmom - Absolutely. The scary part is thinking about working on someone else's though!
Love it! Hmmmm...the wheels are turning in my head already!
What a great plan this is...good luck cannot wait to see it!
I am loving every single fabric you have chosen! I'm a little jealous right now, and wish this was for ME!!!! Muahahahaha <--Evil Laugh. It's going to be amazing!
I think it will be amazing. I love the extra fabrics you have chosen, that pink Summersville is one that I have been coveting! The design is great - I especially love the little pinwheels in the corners!!
Love it! I may have to add this to my bucket list. Nice colors and fabrics.
Thesewingchick - I'm glad you like the design. I should have my part done some time this week. I'll be busy a lot of August so need to get my projects complete early. Will post pictures.
THanks twistedandloose - this has been fun so far. It's always nice to get feedback that you're on the right track!
Your fabric selection couldn't be more perfect.
Thanks Juline . I'm glad you agree with my choices since I will eventually be adding to your center :)
OMG, that's spectacular! I'm getting nervous. :\
What a great addition you have added. I would be too nervous to be adding anything to someone else's design without exact specifications!
Well looks absolutely amazing from here!! wow...it is perfect look like what must have been planned all along!
Juline you have nothing to be nervous about. I've seen your projects and you do beautiful work & are so creative.
It is scary Tracy but I thought if I got stuck for ideas I could ask around. We have a lot of very good quilt shops in the area. And my round-robin partners are open to whatever each person decides to do. You'd do a great job
Thank you True The drawing I posted was my second iteration but it's pretty close to the first idea I had. I kind of surprised myself that I had an idea so quickly.
HawkFan , my apprehension stems from my inability to actually execute sooooo many of the designs I have in my head. What's catching me up on this project is figuring out border blocks -- like, what size to make them so they come out exactly the size of the medallion. Is there a formula for that?
Juline - I've seen some people's posts where they've done the calculations. I did some rough calculations but in the end I did a mock-up of one side, using scrap fabrics that looked similar to what I planned to use. That served two purposes - I could make sure it would fit (& use the pieces as pattern pieces) and I could see how it would look. I'm sure others could give you better advice.
This is so pretty.
Awesome job! What a great start. I love the black addition, it makes those softer colors pop even more.
Thanks Jess - I hope I gave everyone else something to help build off of. I'm looking forward to seeing everybody's round 2
It looks fantastic. Sorry to keep you hanging, we are still on vacation and I haven't been on the computer in days! I love the black and white dots and I still think the little pinwheels are my favorite. You added some great fabrics and the design is so clever. Thank you so much!!
Thesewingchick Glad to hear you like it Tessa. You do such beautiful work I tried to live up to your standards.
Wow, this looks great! Nice job. :)
Looks great, but it already did! I hope you didn't feel like you had to add more to it! Love the zig-zag fabric, so excited!!
Thesewingchick - you had included some chevron fabric in with your fabric scraps which gave me the idea. I used a different chevron that I had quite a bit of. If I couldn't come up with anything else, I would have left it as it was but this was pretty easy to add and I thought/hoped you'd like the new addition and that it wouldn't be "over the top"
This looks awesome! New addition rocks:-)
I love this. Maybe a bit of trepidation is the key. It makes us really THINK about what will be best and in the end, it works! Your addition to that block really rocks it. The black is a color that makes the pastels pop and I think the black/white thin border around it made it work so well. Great job; lucky owner!
Quilterinmotion - if it was for me, I'd know exactly what I want to do but you're right - this is someone else's so I worry more. I'm glad to get everyone's feedback. I talked to a couple of wonderful and talented ladies at a local shop who helped me solidify the idea.
Your border(s) look great HawkFan . Love what they add to the medallion and seem to continue it out. :)
Thank you Carolmarie - You (& all the others) do such great work your opinion means a lot to me.
AllPatchedUp - that was my goal - to extend the center as opposed to it looking like a border. I'm glad you can see that - guess I was successful.
You have added to this centre beautifully. The colours come together wonderfully and you'd never tell that the centre and the border/s were done by different people.
I agree with Capetowngirl . You can't tell where the first person started and the next added on. I think that makes it a perfect addition!!
Quilterinmotion - thanks Marsha. You are so sweet. This is my first round of my first round robin and I just see all my mistakes. I appreciate the positive feedback!
Love your plan and really LOVE the fabrics you selected will be perfect for this quilt.
Love it! Look at those tiny stars!
Thanks True - it took a lot of auditioning of fabrics but now I'm excited to get going on the piecing. Not enough hours in the day!
Juline - I'm glad you like the concept. I'm pretty happy with the design but now I have to carry it out effectively. My drawing isn't to scale so the stars probably won't be as tiny as you think & we'll see if I can pull them off. Haven't done the calculation yet but they'll probably be about 3-inches finished
That's tiny, IMO. :) I'm at the execution stage of mine too, and I've hit a wall.
GREAT choice of fabric! At first I thought you were going to be doing a "swag" border but then realized it was elongated triangles. Very cool and in keeping with the rest of the quilt.
Thanks Terryt1955 - my drawings aren't great so I'm almost surprised you realized they were triangles.
Excited to see your addition!
Thank you ArloDeanQuilts - I'm anxious to get it done too. I can't believe how hard it's been to find some solid time to work on it though. Will definitely post pics when it's done.
Love this! I want to join a round robin.
Whatthebobbin - Some of them look like they're winding up now (ours still has two more rounds) so I'm sure there will be others starting soon. You could PM individuals you'd like to work with or start a thread. I'll let you know if I hear of one starting. They are so much fun and challenging at the same time
Wow, love the new teaser block. Can hardly wait to see the finished project.
I am loving your teasers!
Wow truly spectacular I just love what you added...WOW!!!!
Wow to you True - I hadn't even finished updating the narrative/description when I saw you had commented. Thank you for the sweet comment
LOL- yes- rainbow does come up a lot doesn''t it- I guess it is a good option for a round robin- gives each person a lot of options- I love the stained glass look of yours- just stunning:)
HawkFan Just good timing I came onto look at some inspiration for a couple of mug rugs I want to make as gifts and saw you had updated and got ally excited!!! ;-)
Stunning! My first reaction was "Wow, this is so cool and reminds me of a church window!". Stunning!!
Me too...WOW. Very Improvi stained glass look. I echo Terry1995. Stunning,
I'm loving it! How big is it now?
I love the rainbow/stained glass effect!
Terryt1955 - with all the reads-black small borders it reminded me of stained glass so I wanted to get a sun shot of it to enhance the effect.
Charwirfs - thank you. I was just playing off of what was already there and having fun with it. For some reason I made lots of simple mistakes with this and used the seam ripper a lot so I'm glad it turned out well!
New shot of Juline's looks good too- you chose the colors so well!
Thanks Mymble - it took a long time to pick fabrics - that was my major hold-up but once I got that set, it was pretty straightforward
Holy moly drop dead gorgeous!! How did you ever come up with this amazing border!? Love it...if she does not like it you know where I am. Another amazing border Audrey!!
True - that means a lot to me coming from you after I've seen the fabulous work you've done on your RR borders. I wanted to do stars in the corners to mimic the center (that must be my "thing" since I did that with Juline 's too) and I also wanted to echo the white diamonds from Juline's round. I knew if I used chevrons I could keep up the diamond/star elements. The big issue was getting the math right. Turns out by using 2.5 inch finished HSTs and a reasonable border, everything worked out OK. Later I saw the same border on a quilt Thesewingchick collaborated on and then I saw it in a book our library has but I had already sketched out the idea by then so I didn't need the book.
HawkFan I don't see it on Tessa's page? But you nailed this just gorgeous...and thank you for your kind words!
Wow, this is GORGEOUS!! Love it!
True I think it was on Tessa's Instagram. It was beautiful so reinforced the idea I was on a good track
Caribousmom -thanks Wendy! It's nice to get such positive feedback from people who's work I so admire (like yours).
Carolmarie Thank you! It really isn't hard to do and you definitely have the talent. Honestly the hardest part was making sure I arranged the HSTs so the stars on the corners were right! I did sketch it out first but it's mostly all just HSTs.
Carolmarie hahaha looks like our posts crossed paths. Compared to the rounds your RR has been doing, it's not even that much work
I beg to differ! This looks like an amazing amount of work. Absolutely beautiful and I love the way the corner stars are floating. So cool! And doing HST's accurately and consistently is no small feat. You did a marvelous job and I love your colors!
Thanks True and Terryt1955 - that means a lot. In some ways this was really a stretch for me mostly because it's a somewhat random arrangement of the fabrics. I'm not a random kinda gal. When I was making the border, I'd make a few sets of HSTs and play with the arrangement and then make a few more as needed. The photos were taken on a dreary, snowy day so with the exception of the one close-up, the colors are really hard to tell. I tried to match the solids from the center star as best I could. Since I was making it up as I went, without sketching it up first like I usually do, all I could do was hope it would all come together OK. I'm happy with the result
This looks GREAT. I really love all of our pieces. And I have to tell you, my LQS owner says we are "very lucky" to have all of them turning out so great. ;)
Terryt1955 - I never thought of the stars as "floating" - you have a great way of describing designs! Maybe I didn't think of it as much work since I did a little bit at a time and then took a month off to recover from my surgery - the time off must have made me forget (or maybe it was the pain meds hahaha)
Juline - I completely agree with your LQS owner - they all have been fantastic every round. I'm so excited to get mine back after all the beautiful additions! You all took a chance on me as a relative newcomer who hadn't done much here on TB when we started. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you!
I'm so excited by this round. It works so well with the rest of the quilt so far and I just love it! It looks great and yes, like a LOT of work. HSTs are easy in technique when doing just one, but a lot can certainly be a challenge!
I use this tutorial for making four at a time. I printed out the little chart at the bottom so I have a quick reference.
Jess I'm so glad you're happy with my addition. One more round and we get to see our quilts in person - so exciting!
I have been away from Threadbias some due to work and remodeling home. Catching up a little tonight and.....I am speechless....these are incredible quilts!!!! SEW SEW Jealous :)
Sewbusy64 - thank you! I saw your comment on another project about doing a round-robin. I was a little nervous about doing this but have loved it. I was worried about both my creativity and sewing ability but it has been so good for me to stretch myself. You could start a thread to put a group together or PM people you know to see if they want to put one together if they're not currently in one.
HawkFan i will consider it. i have had the same concerns do you all come up with your own ideas or research/stalk books, blogs, each other, etc for ideas? I would have to do some of each I would think. this is a year I do want to stretch myself in so many ways creatively. You have done a great job! ,/01
Sewbusy64 - everyone has their own way of designing their rounds and I think it's probably a mix of all or most of what you listed. I mostly start with the piece to see what elements I want to highlight or repeat or do a spin on and then start sketching something out. I have a couple of books on borders if I want to look at specific design elements. I was nervous but I have a lot of excellent LQSs in the area that I knew I could rely on if I felt I needed it. That gave me the confidence I needed to make the leap. Fortunately, the designs have come together surprisingly well and I haven't needed my fallback yet.
Sewbusy64 - have you checked out the Improvi Robin thread? They're always keeping a list of people waiting to start a group. It's a very different style but the same idea
I LOVE your idea to use the different quilt blocks in your border...it perfectly fits the theme of the quilt (in my most humble of opinions!). This is turning out to be such a great quilt!!
Sewbusy64 Since I am in a group that is also doing a round robin, I have been learning some things about this type of a collaborative project. There was a great article recently (I think it was in American Patchwork and Quilting) about how to be successful with a group like this...worth reading. I recommend, if you start your own round robin, looking at quilting styles and experience and inviting people who you think would sync well with you. It can be challenging to do these collaborative quilts, but it is very satisfying. I also suggest keeping the numbers down - remember, everyone adds a round, so the quilt grows very fast!!!
I just love your border and it is such a perfect addition to this quilt! And loved hearing your process for making the decisions.
Caribousmom thanks Wendy. At first I was a little worried about carrying the theme through but Tessa's comment was really helpful
Wow- awesome...and so impressive that you made your own PP blocks...it's a wonderful finishing round to this quilt!
Mymble thanks Margaret. Eq7 did all the work. I just had to find the blocks in their library. I would like to learn how to make my own patterns though
I love this, Audrey. It is perfect in every way. Your additions are fantastic and I loved hearing your process for them. The blocks fit with the sewing theme just right! Thank you! :)
Kristananne I'm so glad you like it! I know this is a special project for you. It was fun to do this border. The different blocks provided some variety for me in piecing and it was easy to do the quilt math since I just filled in with white between the blocks
So wonderful, Audrey! Love it!
What a fun and awesome finish. Just love it.
Great finish and I love your quilting. It truly does match Juliene's border. I also love the balance between the overall black and white in the quilt. What a special way to commemorate TB's Rockin Robin!
Thank you Terryt1955 - it was a great group of talented ladies helping me make this a special quilt
I love it, and I particularly like your choice of quilting. :) Good binding choice too. Kind of bittersweet, right, to finish it now? Mine will be finished by the end of the year. Is the Flickr group just for people in bees, or anyone from TB? In any event, I'm on IG, so if you follow me there, you'll eventually see my finished round robin.
Thanks Juline . There are several Flickr groups, most related to a specific board or group here (Neverending Swap, NewBees, etc) so it won't be as easy for people to locate projects posted there unless they are following the individual. I do follow you on IG so I look forward to seeing your finish. I happened upon pictures of Jess's quilt because I was reading the blog of the person longarm quilting it so I assume hers is now finished although I haven't seen a picture of it.