Hope you are staying warm & dry as the winter weather sets in. It’s a good time to hunker down at the sewing machine basking in the warmth of the nearby iron. I imagine this from my desk as I gaze outside at the dark grey rainy out-of-doors.
This month’s assignment captures a more seasonal aspect of the upcoming holidays: snowballs. Quick and easy, and not quite a circle. Please make one row, 5″ to 6″, on the long side of the top.
We are in the home stretch and the tops are looking really good.
For the next round we are going to pay homage to those who have gone before us, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae always comes to mind. It might be vintage theme at the next VMQG meeting, but the round robin will be marking the occasion with cross/plus blocks. The photo is of wonky crosses, but feel free to interpret this block design however which way suits your given top.
Please do one side on an end that will make the top more rectangular, between 5″-7″ in width. And, at the opposite end add a 3″-4″ strip of one fabric, or simply pieced if you must.
And, a gentle reminder to stitch 1/8″ on the edge to stabilize those seams. Otherwise they tend to unravel — a stitch in time, saves nine!
With this being Quiltcon month I will be easy on you: four 3″-4″ borders to frame the starting block, two in adjacent solids, and two in adjacent pieced stripes. The direction and width of the stripes is up to you.
Please stitch a scant 1/8th seam around the finished block to stabilize it for the next round.
Welcome to the third VMQG Round Robin! I will be your coordinator for this round and hope to use everything I have learned from being a participant and from my most esteemed predecessors, Felicity and Stacey Day.
This year we have 11 robins. If you are reading this and have not signed up, there is still time before the February meeting. This is when we will commence with the swapping of the centre blocks.
The centre blocks should be 12″-14″, either square or rectangle. We ask that you use your good fabric and do your best work. And you do, which is why the RR has been such a great success. Let’s continue to impress each other.
If you cannot make it to a meeting or getting your monthly challenge done, please let me know ASAP. You’ve got my number and I’m also on FaceBook and Instagram under my full name.
We’re in our penultimate month of the round robin! Exciting!
This month, we’re doing something a bit different with borders. We’ll be adding two borders, not necessarily adjacent, but in a placement that works with the quilt top as is and with its owner’s preferences (i.e. it’s an opportunity to help ensure the centre block ends up off-centre, if that’s what the maker stipulated).
first border: 6″ finished (6½” unfinished)
second border: 2″ finished (2½” unfinished))
theme: flying geese must appear in at least one of the borders
Have fun and as always, please comment here or email me (felicity DOT quilts AT gmail DOT com) if you have any questions.