2016 Mini Round Robin
Finished, but technically not done.
Regardless of the fine points, this project is off the WIP list.
A few weeks ago I posted a picture of this mini on Instagram with some stitching in it, and tagged my Round Robin mates to see what they were doing. Then I got busy with the Bloggers' Retreat, and it was put on the back burner. A few of my friends who did the Round Robin with me picked it up while they were here. There were some quizzical looks when they had seen how I had been working.
The outer border was quilted, and the pieced border in from that was also. Nothing else, though. I guess that is when I realized I don't conform to normal processes. It made perfect sense to me since I was planning on hand quilting the inner blocks. I have worked this way before on small pieces, and it has never been a problem. Traditionally, you start from the center, and quilt outward, but the center is what I was stuck on. I simply started on something I could do.
It was one of my weekend goals, and I decided I was not going to have time to hand quilt it. So, back into the long arm it went! I used my ruler to do some nice 1/4" outlines, and the longer I quilted the more I knew it needed something more. This quilt needed more color in the center for me. Where were those buttons?
The buttons were from Amazon, and took a month to arrive after ordering. I had no plan for them, but the cute factor was big, I thought. I had ordered them without knowing this project was perfect.
Placed on the corners, the buttons looked good, I thought, but the center still seemed a bit empty.
I grabbed my supplies, and headed outside for a cup of coffee. I played around for a while, and finally added a few at a time to the center block.
I liked how it repeated the motif, but not exactly. Just using a few made it feel as though I had added an axis, and really made the center block stand out as being tipped.
The center is both microstippled and hand quilted.
The backing is a loud print that might not otherwise be used. It works perfectly for this job, though, out of sight.
Thanks to each one of you who contributed your time and sweat equity into this very special piece for me. I say with honesty, I will treasure this as much as I treasure you.
Sandra at mmm! quilts
Tish at Tish N Wonderland
Cindy at Stitchin at Home
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Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.