I save everything! I rip pages out of catalogs, magazines, and newspapers. I take photos of stepping stones, windows, buildings, and plants - anything with an interesting shape. I always keep a pad of graph paper nearby because I like to sketch and color. I keep a fat messy file of quilt ideas - drawings, potential color schemes, even blocks that I've made that need a little "tweaking". Note: That's completely different than twerking :-)
When it was time to make the center for my Round Robin quilt, I dug into my files to see what ideas might pop out. I came across a photo of an antique orange peel quilt, and wondered what it would look like if I changed the shape of the orange peel. I had recently seen an ad for moustache pacifiers and somehow those two ideas came together in my brain. I wanted to do a bold, two color center as a focal point for my quilt and chose assorted red fabrics. Once the blocks were made they ended up looking like lipstick!
Gudrun, Kari, and Terri each added a border to my center - and along the way, one of them added turquoise squares between the center "lipstick" blocks. To find out how each one came up with their part of the quilt, visit their blogs:
Center: Me - you're already here :-) (Atkinson Designs)
Border #1: Gudrun (G.E. Designs)
Border #2: Kari (New Leaf Stitches)
Border #3: Terri (Whimsicals)
After the big reveal, we experimented with adding a little more to the quilt, but in the end I decided that I liked it best without any changes. I sent it off to Angela Walters and she did an amazing job machine quilting it. Here's the final quilt - I love it!
If you'd like to read more about our "No Rules" Round Robin, check out this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine - it should arrive in your mailbox any day!
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