Here's my center for round 4...I had just a bit of the moth fabric left and loved it so it was the start of my center. I hope everyone enjoys adding to it!
Round 1 complete- I received Valerie's gorgeous star. I turned it on point with Summer Stripe, Fiesta by Bren Talavera for Robert Kaufman - the fabric matched perfectly as if it was meant for the design. Then I did rectangles around as a border in purples from etsy shop Surly Sheep ( they do great color bundles!)- think they are Art Gallery and Robert Kaufman fabrics.
Now off to Char!
Round 2- Emphill's beautiful circle of Geese was next. I decided on more geese- so now there is an entire gaggle, along with the directional arrows which were just for fun. These were beautiful colors to work with- a lovely soft, but not too soft palette! My fabrics are some hand dyed batiks that had just the right rich purples in them to compliment what was already there....the stash has not failed me yet;))))
Round 3- This was June- my addition is the left hand strip of elephants and blocks. I love the colors and theme of this one!
Final round- Char's center- Char's center is now not a center and I sure hope she likes it. The flag on the cycling gal's bike says baci da Firenze ( kisses from Florence) so I figured this cycling gal was in Italy and needed a hillside Italian town. I was not about to try to replicate the Duomo and the David in fabric, so I took my inspiration from the Cinque terre towns and all the gorgeous photos of them lit up at night. I pulled every scrap I had that would work with the color palette and of course, chose the hardest way to do it- layering raw edge applique and pieced seams.
Basically the buildings are pieced, while the roofs are raw edge applique. I actually considered doing it as blocks, and of course that would have been simpler but it just wasn't giving me the look I wanted. I used a photo of one of the towns, sketched the architectural outlines, simplified the layout and then just improve pieced as I went along. +True and +hawkfan gave me valuable advice about adding the windows- thanks ladies! It's covered in stitches to keep everything down ( after doing the straight stitch around the roofs, I then zig zagged with invisible thread just to be sure everything would stay put) , and the windows are not raw edged- I figured they'd all be nothing but shreds if I did that- so they are tiny little folded squares- used the tip of the iron, sometimes a bit of Elmer's washable school glue and voila- windows.
As painful as it might be , I did allow for the possibility that Char would like it balanced and so...sniff sniff..should she desire, the hill town could be chopped vertically about midpoint- and then sewn to the other side- I wrestled with doing this but decided I'd let Char decide. It was fun- took a lot longer than allotted- sorry Char- and now will be on its way.
Beautiful colors, even better in person. It arrived yesterday and I am looking forward to adding the first round.
What a pretty block,
True Thanks Mary- scraps of some favorites...looking forward to watching the group work their magic on this:)...That is what is so fun about Improvi Robin- anything can happen!
I just checked the schedule and I get this one next!! I've finished Charwirfs 's border so I'm itching to get started on the next one. Love these colours!
Joke HI Jo- wow you were fast! I'm still oogling Valerie's gorgeous star and combing through my stash...love this robin- the element of anything can happen is fun-...am so looking forward to seeing what everybody will do!
Oh my goodness! I'm excited to get my hands on this. This is my first round robin and I have to say I love the centers and how it gets my creative juices flowing. I think I have some beautiful fabrics for this.
cally68 I've got your gorgeous star out and am pulling fabrics and planning away- so fun and Hoping to be able to give you a sneak peek soon. So glad my moth is proving inspirational...gotta love Improvi Robin- the unpredictable nature of this kind of robin is so fun!
Sneak peak on this one coming up.
dying of suspense!!!!
I love what you did with Valerie's Star. First of all her star is amazing but putting it on point and adding the stripped fabric was a genius call. I would never have thought of the stripped fabric with the stripped star but it looks fabulous. Good job.
Seeneed Thank you...I went through a lot of ideas but nothing was really complimenting her fabulous star so I finally just went back to my stash and saw the Summer Stripe and bingo - love when that happens!
Wow! Love! Love! Love what you did to my star! I agree with seeneed, the striped fabric was genius!
I got it! This is so Wow! I am gonna pick up on those chevrons. Such a cute WIP! I found this in my mail box Mymble after being gone a week. These blocks always look so great in real life. The pics are good, but the real thing blows me away.
I am so glad you like it Char- and I don't take the best pics either...someday I'll get there but just getting the photo up these days is an accomplishment:))))
Yes, I think the chevrons will be a great way to go- can't wait to see what you come up with!
Gorgeous addition to the circle of geese quilt...love colors!
Love your gaggle!
I second HawkFan, love the gaggle! The purples are so rich!
Yes. This has arrived at my house. It is really beautiful. It is getting large so I am thinking of adding some touches to the interior and a small transitional boarder which should leave it open for Joke to work some real magic on this. Hint: some yellow in coming in.
Been thinking about you.
Charwirfs Thanks Char! I'm on the mend- they put a gas bubble in to hold the retina in place and I think its at about 25% now and I see the doctor next Monday. I'm basically seeing out of the right eye for now, but the prognosis is apparently good for the long run- in the doctor's words I am a "work in progress"- and as long as its not a UFO...that's fine:) I hav been coming on only a bit- the white light is the hardest thing to deal with so I imagine I have about 2,000 emails to go through eventually and pages and pages of projects to look at here:) I did a bit of sewing this past week- finishing a tote bag for my daughter's birthday and apart from the wonky topstitching managed to do okay but cutting into anything important will have to wait as I managed to cut stuff where no cutting was meant on some mug rugs...me and scissors are not a good team right now! After next week I'm off the dilating eye drops and should be able to come on Threadbias more often...looking forward to getting caught up!
Mymble So nice to hear from you. WIP sounds like a good place to be. Keep on the mend, avoid the bright light, and no scissors for you...yet! Sending healing energy your way.
Carolmarie Thank you Carol- it was a real walk on the wild side for me- or maybe a bicycle ride on the wild side- but it was really fun-hope Char likes it- and now I'm planning to make a town for myself :)))
What a wonderful and creative addition to Char's center!
Carolmarie Thanks Carol - its good- basically right now I am seeing with the right eye only- the cataract is completely obscuring the left eye and it will be probably February or March for the cataract surgery. Its okay for most things, and I am allowed to drive short distances during the day. My biggest annoyance I guess is reading -used to be a favorite pastime but right now its on a need to read basis LOL - but this too shall pass right;))) Sewing is pretty good and having to take things slower certainly isn't a bad thing!
HawkFan Thanks Audrey!
This finish addition is such a clever addition. I can't wait to get this back. I often add to my returned round robins and my final addition will be some appliquéd trees and flowers and a bike path. Thank you Mymble for adding this wonderful village.
Oh my! How much do I love this??? Words cannot describe. It is fabulous and centered? Well, I am all about off-centered. Lol. I love the that the girl is riding out into the wilderness where small creatures live. You really put a ton of love and work into this last add. I am really excited to get this back. Mymble rocks!
Charwirfs Hey Char- glad you like it- no- not centered- but I figured you could "roll" with that ( yup pun intended) but if you decide to chop it in half, I'll be fine...sniff sniff...no really...;)))) Finally got around to correcting the title- yes we are group 4, not round 4 LOL
Mymble it was a great group to work with. I am starting over too. I think Group 5. I love the art possibilities of Improvi Robin. The no rules really appeals to me.
Yea! It arrived home...found it in my mailbox this morning. Thank you Improvi Group 4 for all the awesome adds. I will post a photo of the finished quilt.