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Round Robin center and Frugal Patch progress.

The weekend was perfect for working on multiple projects.  Now that I am retired and have seven day weekends all the time, a three day holiday weekend doesn’t mean as much as free time as it used to mean.

I finished the center for the Sunshine group’s round robin.

Round Robin Center

12  1/2 x 12 1/2

Round robins are my favorite group project. Each addition to each one is a new design challenge, and I am pushed into colors and patterns I might not otherwise work with.  This project will have four people working on it, and it has the fewest rules I have encountered in a round robin.  The center can be any size and each person is instructed to “do something” to the piece when they get it.  My kind of freedom!

Sunshine (see link to the right) is a charity quilting group, and these round robins will end up being donated.  We are not sending fabric along with the center as is sometimes done–we all have plenty of stash!  When we get the piece back we will finish it into a child quilt and send it off to Wrap them in Love or Wrap a Smile.  I have received the center I am to work on and am thinking “next” thoughts. It will take a while to choose an idea. . . .  I have several.

Although I didn’t finish the The Frugal Patch , I made significant progress. For this project, I am making blocks for a block raffle–each block is an entry.  Winner(s) will get enough for a small quilt and can add blocks to enlarge it. As designed, the blocks go side by side, and a border of the small rectangles is added.

Frugal Patch Pieces

Frugal Patch Pieces Ready for Assembly

With the help of a friend on the tan background fabrics, I have enough for five blocks. I didn’t have enough variety of the neutrals to maintain the scrappy look at 16 pieces per block, and she volunteered some squares she had already cut.  Meanwhile while I was cutting the colored pieces, I was also cutting squares for another friend who needed variety for charm quilts. With all our stashes, we still need more! To get the 22 pieces per block, I went through my “recent” scraps–“recent” being defined as since the last time I put them away–and my box of less than an eighth yard pieces. I still have three big boxes of 1/4 to 1 yard pieces to go through for the border in case I win a batch.

The Frugal Patch isn’t intended to be a charm quilt–that is each piece, usually same size, does not have to be different–but rather a use-up-scraps quilt.  So repetition is not a problem, so long as it is far enough away from its duplicate piece(s). The 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pieces use up a lot of small stuff.  By doing the project as a raffle, we will get a much larger variety than any of us could get on our own.

What is your favorite group quilting project?

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Pizza Party–round robin quilting

My local quilt guild has a chairwoman who is always looking for new ways to promote charity quilting. Recently the committee came up with an idea that is fun and requires little effort.

mushroom pizza

mushroom pizza--step 2

Our guild has partnered with another guild to do Pizza Party.  Raw materials and instructions are placed in a pizza box. The boxes are labeled with various flavors of pizza; mine was labeled “mushroom.”  I got Step 2, which was “cut 2 1/2 inches carefully.”  And so (almost last minute) the task is completed.  Tonight I will take the pizza box to guild and the chairwoman will insert the third step and get more volunteers. I think we have six boxes/”flavors.”  I don’t know how much the other guild did before sending the materials to us. I’m guessing they cut the strips. I don’t know how many steps are involved for us. But when the blocks are completed, they will be sent back to the originating guild to make tops and finish.

It is a good way to get people involved who don’t have time to make whole quilts.  It also saves time by taking the planning work out of the project.

If we get photos of the finished products, I’ll share.

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