This was the last month of the free form quilt robin that started way back in January.
Because one of our group members had to drop out, this month, I had two quilts to add to before I sent them back to their owners, who had not seem them since sending them on their journeys at the beginning of the year.
First up: Thea. The woman who had the penultimate addition did a really marvelous job of adding borders that nicely finished the quilt. I was a little stumped at first because it seemed so well tied up that adding to the outside would have been like ripping the paper of a beautifully wrapped package that wasn’t mine.
Instead, I decided to make an addition to the interior of the quilt. There were 4 open white spaces that surrounded the center. In each one, I added 3 appliquéd circles and then finished it off with some hand stitching around each one.
Thea will be able to use this as a small accent quilt or a large wall hanging. Or she can rip that package open (since it’s hers!) and make some additions and then finish it off again to make a larger quilt.
Jenny‘s starter piece was a series of pieced baskets. In the subsequent months, her quilt became this wonderful, vibrant project full of bright colors and different prints.
I wanted to add something that would balance all the action that was taking place in the quilt already, so I opted for some letters to read “A-tisket A-tasket” (to tie into the basket theme) using mostly solid backgrounds. I did some improvisational piecing with the letters, which was a new experience for me. It was very challenging to depict the letters with curves and I was not on speaking terms with “s”, lowercase “e” and lowercase “a” for a few days.
When I placed the letters along the top edge of the quilt, I felt they were blending in too much with the fabrics below so I added a strip of white with some colored squares to break it up a bit.
I’m looking forward to seeing how all these projects finish up. Meanwhile, I received my own quilt back for its journey. I have already made one more addition of the grass at the bottom and I think I will also add a couple borders before finishing it. Or maybe not. I could just leave it as-is an let the binding be the border. What do you think?