Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Spring Fling Round Robin
I'm a little bit stressed about joining another quilt swap-- this time a round robin because I have a lot of things going on this spring: both kids' birthdays and parties, a trip to the Netherlands in April, various spring holidays, starting my first garden, many baby gifts to make etc. I decided to commit to the swap because it challenges me to think in different ways (for example, this swap is all about adding borders and with this I have little experience so I will have to keep my eyes open for inspiration) and helps me to feel part of a crafting community. I really enjoyed the Four Seasons Quilt Swap (though I felt rushed!) and well, my kids will just have to raise themselves!
To get a head start, I made my first quilt block tonight. It's not due for about a month but I know I have all of those other things coming up. If only I could have been this timely when I was in school. I thought about what I wanted to make for a few days and then headed down to the craft room for some fabric inspiration and came up with this. I do enjoy being scrappy. Each of those fabrics means so much to me and I keep sneaking them into various projects. I had other ideas, such as using solids for the square border and embroidering circles on them. I never realized how small 8X8 can seem! The center square is 4X4, the white border is 1" and the pieced border is also 1". That makes 8X8. I have no idea how another person will receive this block, add a border to it and turn it into something quite different. I think I'm supposed to send along a piece of fabric in order to help the next person tie it in (if they choose) but instead I'm adding a bunch of the scraps I used so that they can either use them or send them to the next person. Just to help them out. This swap should be exciting!