I don't believe anyone in QBL has done a Mini Round Robin!
So what are our guidelines? We determined that in order for it to be a Mini, it should have a finished perimeter of approximately 24" a side. With four of us in the group, that meant each round should total about 6" finished.
|This 1/3 yard fabric was hanging on my sewing chair, not sure why or when I pulled it out, but last night it told me it wanted to be the centre; all I have on the selvage is (Ro) Gregg for Northcott|
We have to have our first block in the mail on May 31, shuffle to be determined by good old MacGyver. The first round has to be done and posted about at the end of June, in the mail June 30, Round 2 by July 31, Round 3 by August 31, and finished quilting and final post Show 'n Tell in early October.
|Final decision: Northcott quilt shops, Nana's Abstractions by ?, Julie's gorgeous hand-dyed batik, and Good Neighbors by Connecting Threads, a fitting background|
How hard can it be to whip up a 6" block? I had a couple of ideas, but let them percolate over this past rather eventful month on the quilting and on the personal fronts. One of the events was my mum requesting a quilt to take to my aunt in England. Another was Lara's blog hop, (that'll take you to the schedule) for her first book, Crafted Appliqué, (no affiliation) which resumes tomorrow and culminates in some AHH-mazing giveaway prizes June 4!! And then I decided I couldn't send my Auntie Joyce a quilt without sending one for her husband, my Uncle Frank, who is my mum's brother. The quilting is finished on it; I had a BLAST quilting...
and might have not torn myself away from it until it was completely done last night, which is why I got a rather late start to actually making my 6" block. I might have also changed my plan...
|Pat Sloan's Row 1 block in American Patchwork & Quilting, appealed to me as a great way to showcase the quilt shop fabric. Also, traditional meets modern with both older and new fabrics, all in a 'new' block!|
|Block on the left is the correct size; block on the right will grow up into a ... 'nother mini?! That or a pincushion!|
You do cut the finished measurement of each section in half, and from there add back on the 1/2" for the seam allowances. After 9 pm, my brain doesn't fire on all cylinders at the best of times, but add in the menopausal brain farts I am plagued with, and the plan goes awry. I went to bed. 5:30 comes early...
I was stressing about going to yoga this morning when I should be re-doing my block and taking photos and writing the post, and then I thought, 'Sandra! It's a blog! You aren't going to be docked pay!' And so I did what yoga teaches: live in the moment.
It's a beautiful thing, doing yoga, making that 45-minute drive back home, which is when the lightbulb first went on, grabbing a coffee at home, and going straight to work... and it WORKED!!
|1.25" squares on 1.5 X 3.5" rectangles; direction matters!|
The trickiest part was those little squares. MacGyver and I talked this morning (after all he is a math guy):
Me: So I think I need to do a ratio to figure out the size of the little squares. 2 is to 2.5 as what is to 1.5?
MacGyver: Well you're talking 80%.
Me: 80%...oh! 20 out of 25! (translate it to teaching...ergo test scores...and I am up to speed)
MacGyver: Yeah. So the second number would be 1.2.
Me: Like 12 out of 15! Hmmm...1.2 isn't going to happen...I'll have to do 1.25 and hope for the best.
I did a happy dance that it worked:
It would not do to have the house off to one side by adding a strip as per Pat's plan. Could I split the strip and sew half to each side? We determined that using the 'X' background fabric would make it look like there was a mistake. Tried the green (how I adore this hand-dyed by Julie fabric!!) hmmm, not quite right; what about trying the blue? Yep, we both liked the blue. And so it is! 6.5" square, ready to be sent off.
MacGyver did his shuffle work this morning, so my block is now going to be mailed to Tish. You can check out the other blocks here:
And! Tish made us a not only a button (see sidebar), but also a #miniroundrobin hashtag! She's SO computer savvy, that girl. You may recall she has made me some block and layout diagrams for my Blue Skies & Sunny Days pattern which David, her husband, should be finished testing this Memorial Day Monday! If you're on Instagram, he's posted a few in-construction photos. Might have a release of the pattern very shortly...
If you would like to join in on our Mini Round Robin, please do! All you need to do is form your own group of four. Follow our guidelines, or make up your own. Post your progress at the end of each month. I will set up a linky for us to share, and perhaps see about some prizes of some kind, depending on interest. New groups of four will be one month behind us, but that is okay!
Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts!
And Free Motion By the River