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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Buddies R Us Round Robins

This has been a mighty busy week. But I'll tell you all about that later.

Today I want to share our most wonderful round robins. We revealed our round robins the first night we were in Cambria (and we're home now). The person who was getting theirs back had to sit on the sofa with her eyes covered while the others all o-o-hed and a-h-hed. And there were lots of tears when we opened our eyes, and OMGs! and laughter. There was a lot of laughter all week long! What a wonderful way to start the week off!

You see, Carolyn and I stitch together in KS, and Wendy and Sherri stitch together in CA. I have known Wendy for a long time now, but I nor Carolyn had never met Sherri. Wendy had met Carolyn a couple of times in the last couple of years, but didn't really "know" her. So we decided, if we were all going to spend a week together, the best way to get to know each other was to do a round robin.

We each started our block, then passed it to the person in our own state to add a 4" border. After the requisite amount of time had passed, then those two blocks were sent (each in a sealed secret envelope) to the other state/s, where a 6" round was attached. The last time the quilt tops were passed, an 8" border was attached.

It was a lot of fun, and I loved doing this. Next year we are going to do row by rows instead of borders - which I am not entirely sold on. BUT, the year is young, and I am otherwise occupied, so I haven't thought too much about it yet. LOL! Of course, we haven't started anything yet, so who knows - we might change something, again. I think the CA girls went to a guild meeting where there were going to be other ideas of how to do round robins that aren't "just" borders.

Be sure to click on the pictures for the details in a larger format. The embroidery on the picket fences might not show up well, but I hope so - it is exquisite and so detailed!

Carolyn started with the flower center
Sharon - brick border, Wendy-wavy border, Sherri-piano keys and butterflies

Sharon started with the feathered star
Carolyn-flying geese, Sherri-broken stars, Wendy-gradated final border

Wendy started with the house and tree
Sherri-gold/brown with heart corners, Carolyn-postage stamps, Sharon-sunflowers/arches

Sherrie started with the appliqued and embroidered house
Wendy-Anka's 9 patch/log cabins, Sharon-appliqued words, Carolyn-Red points, picket fence and embroidered flowers/trees

Bye bye Cambria and Buddies R Us until next year! We've already booked for next year (through Scenic Coast properties for those of you who asked).

Friday, April 11, 2008


My girlfriends Wendy and Sherri met us at San Luis Obispo airport and this is what the back of the van looked like after we got our stuff loaded. There was only about a 10" clearance to the ground!
We rented a fabulous 4 bedroom house right at the edge of the ocean. This is the view from the front of the house when we arrived. It was just gorgeous no matter whether it was sunny, foggy or raining!

Another view from the deck of the house.
And this is the 180 degree view where we sat to eat and to laugh and chat most of the time when we weren't sewing. You can only see two sides of it, but there are windows all around!

More of the view from the inside seating.

The other side of the same room looking out.

Can you believe it? An entire separate area for sewing! There were windows there, too, where we could see and hear the ocean!

Sherri, Wendy, Carolyn and Quiltgranny

Next entry will be pictures of our round robins, quilt shop reports (and there were many!) and pictures of all the things we got accomplished!