SAHRR – The Quilt Parade and Wrap-up
Back in January when the Stay-At-Home Round Robin (SAHRR) began, we had no idea how popular or unpopular it might be. It turns out it was definitely popular but the question remains, for me, as to why? Is it just a timing thing? Is it because it was hosted by Quilting Gail and she had hosted one before? It is the fabulous friends who co-hosted? Or might it be a compilation of all of those things? Who is to say . . . we may never know for sure. But today is the launch of the quilt parade to share your quilt top in whatever stage it is in!
SAHRR Blogger Friends & Linky Party
Linky party at Gail’s Quilting Gail website this week!
This week Gail will have the linky party open all week to share your update and your final creation! Add your picture and check out what others have shared.
- Chris @ Chrisknitssews – January 18th – Round One
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood – January 25th – Round Two
- Anja @ Anja Quilts – February 1st – Round Three
- Us for Round Four – February 8th
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life – February 15th – Round Five
- Round Six – Susan @ Quilt Fabrication – February 22nd
- Final round – Gail @ Quilting Gail – Round Seven – March 1st
- Quilt parade – this week starting March 29th!
All of Our Previous SAHRR Links:
- Our elongated Churn-Dash center medallion block
- Round One and piano keys
- Plus Sign blocks are the feature in Round Two
- Round Three hosts a gaggle of Flying Geese
- Our checkerboard highlights Round Four
- A Wonky Star border for Round Five border
- Round Six’s Log Cabin block
- Final Pinwheel border for Round Seven
SAHRR Quilt Top Finish
During the weeks of the Round-Robin, we had a few technical issues due to moving to a different hosting website. With that behind us, it seems like the FOUR weeks in between the last round and today have just flown by. In a blink, here we are with a finished quilt top. Woohoo!
Here was our final version that we shared on March 1st. We briefly debated adding one final border but it was a very short discussion. Should we? No. Okay. That was about the extent of it. It was time to get it layered right away as there were only two weekends left to concentrate on this happy little piece.
We had this pretty green Wave Texture fabric leftover from the back of another quilt. I can’t recall which quilt because it hasn’t been quilted yet – my stack of to-be quilted is growing. EEK! Anyway, the pieces we had left weren’t quite big enough so I ran a quick seam. It turns out that the swirl goes in all directions so it isn’t even noticeable. We had all the areas covered except the ever-looming question – how should I quilt it?!
Chris shared the reverse-side of her piece and I knew she was having fun with ruler work. An oxymoron of sorts – having fun with ruler work?! I sat down to start quilting and decided that this piece deserved some ruler work, too. The center of the elongated churn dash block looked too empty and stippling just wouldn’t do.
I used the water-soluble pen again and marked some basic lines which ended with a stitch-in-the-ditch around the inside lengths of the churn dash. (Thankfully, the pen markings came out easily with just water!) That led directly to the piano key border which was just begging for more straight-line quilting. Fine, I thought. But that was it – after that border, I was just going to stipple to get it finished.
SAHRR More Quilting
I started stippling after the piano key border as mentioned above, and then I saw the flying geese. I’ve always wanted to quilt a special design in a row of flying geese and this is my chance. I didn’t even have to refer to Pinterest – I recall exactly what pattern I wanted to try.
We got so clever that we made a 34-second VIDEO (!!) of me quilting one flying geese section. Sue didn’t know she was going to be called upon for her camera skills. Next time, if there is a next time, we’ll try for some better lighting. This was rather spur-of-the-moment and done in just one take.
Aren’t these loops just so cool and they are continuous as well. Finally, before the last reveal, here’s a shot of the stippling, the binding, and the seam on the backing fabric. You really have to search for the seam, don’t you?!
Ta-da! Our completely finished SAHRR quilt top that has been washed and dried:
Our quilt finished at 33.5″ x 36.5″ in spite of our better efforts to make it more of a rectangle shape than a square. We’ll try harder on the next one . . .
We have some exciting news to announce! In January 2022 we will be hosting another Stay-At-Home Round Robin. We will share more details as we approach the end of this year but pencil us in for mid-January for seven weeks or so. You might even want to consider your orphan blocks throughout the year. What might make a good option to build a quilt upon? Of course, we hope you will all join us again. ~smile~
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