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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).


dot said...

WOW!!! All of those turned out nicely. You should all be very very happy.

Karrin Hurd said...

Wow, those quilts all are fantastic!

Jacquie said...

I can see why there were a few tears! Amazing. You are all so talented!

QuiltingFitzy said...

OMG...and the headband, that was too much, lol.

You gals outdid yourselves. The sunflowers were awesome!!!

I love the rr you received, I collect cobalt glass so blue is IT!

Carol E. said...

Gorgeous!!! Those are amazing. Why is Sherrie standing on a book, or is that a scale?

Carol E. said...

Sharon, I came back for another look at these beautiful quilts. I just love those sunflowers you added to Wendy's quilt! You guys are pros.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful results from the RR! The quilts all look terrific.

Michelle said...

Wow..those are beautiful RR's. Everyone did a wonderful job! I had to make a double take at those scissor headbands. LOL

Helen said...

What great fun! The advantage with row by rows is that your are using about the same amount of fabric each time. You can vary the height of each row. If you make it a 48" long row then the heights can be anything from 4" to 12 ". We have jsut done a row by row in our club and each person chose their own theme with likes and dislikes. Other than that there were no gudelines as to what to do in each row. You had to use the owners first row as a clue to style and colour etc. We got back some really lovely rows and 2 have been made up into finished quilts already. Both very different but very lovely.

Teresa said...

Beautiful quilts! Those have to be some of the most beautiful round robins I have ever seen. And the place you had retreat is a dream.

Pen Pen said...

OMG! Those are beautiful quilts. You girls do exquisite work!