Late night sewing can lead to…

big accomplishments!  This past weekend a couple of late night sewing sessions got my feather quilt top finished.

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You may remember me mentioning this project a few weeks back over here.  I am really happy with how this quilt top came together, despite how much work it turned out to be with all those odd angled pieces.  Now I need to start practicing my free motion quilted feathers!

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Once I had this bad boy crossed off my list I decided to do a little improve sewing.  Last month, at the Indy Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we had a scrap swap.  Most people just brought bags (and even one big box) full of all shapes and sizes of scraps.  Everyone dug through and took what they wanted. The left overs were taken to a local art center.  Amy, of 13 Spools, brought neatly color coordinated bags of her scraps.  I quickly snatched up a couple of Zip-lock bags of double gauze triangles (that I am saving for a project to come), and a bag of her warm colors (bright pinks, reds, and oranges with a bit of black and white).  I decided to make wonky log cabin blocks using just the scraps in that bag.  There seemed to be just enough to make a baby quilt or wall hanging.  It would be a quick and fun project.

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Aren’t they lovely!  They feel like fall to me.  Well, these four blocks quickly ballooned out of control.  I added a few of my own scraps, and now have enough blocks that I may make a throw sized quilt similar to Ashley’s Waterfall quilt.  More things added to the “to be quilted pile”.

IMQG Round Robin

The term “Round Robin” dates from the 17th century French “ruban rond” (round ribbon).  This described the practice of signatories to petitions against authority (usually Government officials petitioning the Crown) appending their names on a document in a non-hierarchial circle or ribbon pattern (disguising the order which they have signed) so that none may be identified as a ringleader.

Back in January I proposed to the Indy Modern Quilt Guild that we should do a round robin.  My motivation for this was 1) seeing all of the beautiful medallion quilts that have been popping up on line, and 2) seeing all of the beautiful work the members of the guild bring to monthly meetings for show and tell.  There were 10 people who decided to participate including myself.  Our rules guidelines were simple.  Make a block or row to pass to another quilter.  Subsequent quilters would add boarders or rows to your project and each month, and at our meeting we would exchange.  Some quilters supplied fabrics they wanted used, some did not.  Some quilters gave guidelines (use only black, white and red) some did not.  And all of the quilters had the choice to see the progress each month or to wait till the end to see the finish product.

For my project I made a simple applique block for the center.  I sent my block along with all of the solids from my stash.  I had not used only solids in a quilt to date, but I see lots of modern quilters doing just that on-line.  I also sent my project along with a journal, and asked that each contributor add to the journal an explanation of their thoughts/feelings about the project, or just a simple signature so i could remember who had worked on my quilt.  And I decided to wait to get the final quilt top back to see it.  The suspense was almost unbearable.

I was hoping we would be able to pass out projects along each month for the entire year, but due to lots of scheduling conflicts we decided to end this month.  So here it is, my IMQG 2013 round robin.

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Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  I could not be happier with this result.  I love the asymmetry, and colors, and the quality of craftsmanship.  Thank you modern quilters.  You continue to blow me away with your talent.  I was also very touched by the kind and inspiring things that were added to my journal.  I am sure I will cherish this quilt for years to come.  I think I may try to con some more of my quilting friends to add onto it some more.