Today it is the last quilt of the Round Robin tour, Terry Atkinsons quilt that is the topic. She named it The magazine is on newsstands now, even though I haven't been able to spot it yet. I guess it's pretty popular because the two stores I've been to, it has been sold out!
Terry was the first one to send me a box, so when it arrived, you can imagine the excitement. I dropped everything I was doing and did a mad sprint to my sewing room to open up the box.
After the first initial excitement had settled and I had put the block up on my design wall, my head was spinning already.
"What the heck have I gotten myself into" was what was running through my mind. I had a lot of self doubt, thoughts of nothing will be good enough for this quilt, how can I do something that is even worthy... and so on. But I knew I had to push through all of that.
So I dug into Terry's box of fabrics and found an assortment of greys, reds and aquas. When going through the fabrics, I found this print that had words on it. Some of the words were: Fear Nothing, Take A Risk, Take Courage, Quiet the Critics!!
OMG, if this is not a sign to shut my brain up, I don’t know what is.
Then the phrase COME AND PLAY WITH ME caught my eye and I was ready to just go for it.
I felt the roundness of the center blocks looked like mouths or mustaches, and the next step really called for some square, straight line action. I wanted to add some aqua and grey to the quilt so I came up with this on my computer. I wanted the blue squares to connect and then the white background of the center to float into my border so they would meld together.
In addition, I wanted to have grey on the outside of all the blue squares to create a kind of a border. The order of the center also called for a little bit of a disorder in the next step, so I decided to make it really scrappy. A sort of a "Good girl - Naughty girl" action:)
It took some math do make it all work, but it sure was fun.
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.
The final look of the quilt included some blue squares in the center which were added by Terri Degenkolb in the last round and I totally feel like they tie the whole thing together. Especially step 1 and 2. So don't ever be afraid try something last minute because it could make or break the design:)
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