Saturday, April 13, 2013

Boo Bee Round 3 - Sheetal's quilt

I just could not for the life of me get a grip on Sheetal's Boo Bee (tehehehehe).

But seriously, where to start?  After Mallory's round, the top was here:

I threw around a few ideas, but nothing really inspired me.  I almost started on a round of zig-zags, like the red ones in this beautiful quilt.  Before I got around it starting, Sheetal told me that she was planning to add more rounds to make the quilt as big as possible after she got it back.  Her tall hubby requires a lot of lap quilt.  BIG?  I can go big. Ohhh yeah I can go big.  :)

Knowing that she wanted to greatly increase the size of the quilt gave me the idea to put what was already made on point and build it back out to a square, as if my rounds were "behind" the center portion.  I whipped up this awesome sauce plan and got the go-ahead from Sheetal:

I was just borrowing cornerstone placeholders from the lone-star center for my mock-up, but I ended up really liking the repeated motif so I decided to use them.

Due to Reasons*, I made the outer cornerstones, then the outermost row, then the inner cornerstones, then the middle row, then the inner row, then outer rows assembly, then inner triangle assembly, then full assembly.  Lots of taping things up on the wall (my design wall is baby quilt size, so this was too big for it).  Uh, do not recommend. 

And a little closer in:

Happy to report that Sheetal is pleased. 

*It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anything goes

I joined another round robin.  No, technically my previous round robin is not quite finished - I still get do to one more round (we had a quilt that got a little delayed when it ran low on fabric).  For the new RR, my guild buddy Jen handed me a package with the rules "anything goes."  Way to be awesome, Jen.  

Her 12" starting piece was an improv-ish log cabin-ish frame around a piece of gorgeous upholstery weight fabric.  Along with it, she sent a hand-dyed blue stripe fabric.  

Around that I added a wonky churn dash round and some triangles, then finished it off with a border of the blue stripe.  I hope she meant it when she said anything goes... because I mixed in some of my own upholstery weight fabric and made the call to add another color to her quilt (yeep - I would probably not be ok with that, but I would also not have "anything goes" as the instructions for my quilt, so on the balance of things...)  I really hope she likes it.

Have you tried doing a round robin yet?  I think I am sold on this type of collaborative quilt making.  It is much more my scene than quilt bees.  There is more opportunity to own your part of the creative process.  It can be challenging, but it's the good kind of challenging - gets the creative juices flowing.