I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving weekend, at least those of you here in the States. I came down with a nasty cold so it was actually perfect to be able to lay low and chill with the family.
Today we are all talking about Terri's quilt in the continuation of the Round Robin Rebels saga:) We hear that the magazine has been reaching it's subscribers, so maybe you have your copy already. If not, it should be on a newsstand near you very shortly.
Terri's quilt is called Playing With Crayons and I was the third designer to work on her quilt. When the quilt arrived at my doorstep, it looked like this:
I knew right away I wanted to do something using all the colors in the box, especially with the words in her center block. The center made me wanna do something with sharp edges and a little uneven and since terry's second addition was very much a border, I felt like it needed blocks. I wanted the blocks to have a little bit of a circular motif to them, matching the center. To make the blocks feel more grounded and not too colorful I decided to use grey, same as the center.
I added one yellow scrap to what I found in Terri's box and started playing with different block designs.
After finally deciding on the perfect block, I felt like they needed a little more "Scrappy-ness" so I decided to use two different greys for the blocks.
Once the blocks were done and I put them up on the design wall, the design needed something more. I decided to add some punch with black between the blocks and just made these simple alternating blocks.
To repeat the roundness in Terri's center, I added large half-square triangles in the corners to give that same illusion.
I really loved the additon of black to this quilt because it really makes all the different colors stand out more and really sparkle. Think about that next time you are working on a colorful quilt and feel like the colors aren't standing out.
Make sure to check out the other designers blogs to read about their contribution to this quilt:
Kari's blog here.
Terri's blog here.
Terry's blog here.
After Terri got to see her quilt, we all put our heads together and tried to figure out what else the quilt needed. We all decided it needed a little more black so we started playing with all the colors.
We decided to make this colorful border with rounded corners which took a little figuring out...
We finished that border in Des Moines and this is how it was looking like when Terri took the quilt home.
After she got home, she was having second thoughts about that border and sent us some text messages with other options. This scrappy border was a little much for the quilt and kind of took all of the attention. I totally loved the change and what she ended up adding.
Sometimes less is more right!
We have one more quilt to talk about and that post will be up next Monday!
Lastly, I want to share with you a little secret sneak that Kari revealed on her blog today:
Just to put a bug in your ear…we are planning to put together a presentation for guilds and shows. We would love to share our quilts and stories with you in person.
Yes, we are planning a fun and fresh quilt guild presentation about this experience so we could be coming to your area in the future!
Pictures used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.