SAHRR2022 Finale Parade and Our Finish Recap
It’s about time for a wrap and recap of the 2022 Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR). The parade is being held on March 21. Before I get into the meat and potatoes, let me assure you that there WILL be a 2023 version. How exciting is that?! Throughout the year you might just stumble on the perfect block that needs to be a medallion and built upon to make it shine. Keep that in mind! Now to the fun part, and our SAHRR finished piece. I have to share a bit of background for those who have no idea we were working on something so special.
January – March Recap
Quilting Gail and five of her blogging/quilting friends put their heads together for the second annual SAHRR for 2022. The six of us each selected a center block to build upon via weekly border prompts:
- Anja @ Anja Quilts
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Gail @ Quilting Gail – final linky party opens March 21
- Chris @ Chris Knits Sews
The rules are fairly simple – select a center block you’d like to feature and build upon. You have free rein on how a prompt is interpreted and even if you might skip a row.
Our Focus and a Change of Plans
It was easy for us to select a center block because we had just recently finished a ballerina quilt for our great-niece, Addison. Fabrics by Tula Pink’s Fairy Dust line hit the mark for the quilt, and we continued using them for the SAHRR. Originally, we planned to make a wall hanging but after a few rounds we were asked to switch directions. Addison just received a big girl dresser for her bedroom and it needed a runner. Would we please make one for her? Umm, yes is the quick response!
No Biggie Switching Directions
While we had several rounds sewn together, it was no big deal to rip them apart. We needed to make this piece wider in a 18″ x 36″ dimension. Unfortunately, that didn’t allow us to share too many updates throughout the six rounds. It is still almost a mystery as to how the runner finished! Here are the six rounds in a quick pictorial slideshow:
More details on how we interpreted each of the prompts are in the links near the bottom of this post.
A Pleasing Layout Recap
Before the runner request I was determined to make a wall hanging that was not square. Placement of the heart blocks were to be above and below the center star, and the diamonds on each side.
With the switch to a runner, the hearts got moved to the side to increase its overall length. The center block finished at 12″ so we could only add 6″ to the top or bottom.
How on earth would we make room for our own star blocks along with signature, appliqué or rail fence, and the shoo-fly blocks?! Of course, it all worked out quite nicely we think!
A Ta-Da Finish
When the pieces were all complete it was so easy to fit them together into the final version. The nifty signature block was easily combined with appliquéd letters – Addison even picked out the fabric to spell out her name!
Our wonky stars highlight her name and it wasn’t long before it was all layered for quilting. I took the easy route and did a straight stitch with my walking foot in both directions. Simple and easy to let the star shine, so to speak.
Here it is on her new dresser, hosting items of importance and keeping the dresser itself scratch-free. We did get a happy dance from Addison but I wasn’t quick enough to capture it!
A Recap of Our SAHRR2022 Posts:
- Overview post
- Launch party – center block
- Round One – curved block
- Second Round – diamond block
- Round Three – star block (wonky star)
- Fourth Round – signature/autograph block
- Fifth Round – appliquéd or rail fence block
- Sixth Round – shoo-fly block
This will be shared on Quilting Gail‘s website for the SAHRR parade starting on Monday, March 21st. Since this is our first finish of 2022, I’m also sharing it on Wendy’s Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life. She is hosting TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Finish Friday) on the 11th. It’s thrilling to be able to finally share our first finish. We are all looking forward to seeing the link up for the parade!
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