This is the fourth year (I think) that I have joined a round robin called Cotton Robin. You send off a center block, get someone's block to add a first border, get another block to add a second border and finally get a little quilt top to quilt and bind.
I like to join in to things like this because it gets creative juices flowing, sometimes takes you out of your comfort zone and you always do your best work because it's someone else's quilt. I'm not very good at adding borders to quilts so this gives me some practice. Plus at the end of it all you get a fantastic little quilt ready to hang on the wall in return.
In January I sent off the middle six inch postage stamp heart and this is what was returned. It's always a surprise to see what other's think of adding to your center block. WOW. I love it!
The first block I received to work on was the feather and white background. I first added the thin black border and then the rest. I thought and thought and thought and couldn't come up with what to add for a border and so finally remembered I had some scraps left over from making my Feather Bed quilt. The scraps were already sewn on the diagonal like the center feather so all I did was cut strips and sew them on.
I then sent it on to someone else to add the second border.
The next block I received to work on was the chicken with the leaf/stem border. I added the yellow batik with red "chicken scratch". There were a lot of little pieces sewn together for that one! Then I sent it on to someone for quilting.
This is the little quilt I received for finishing.
I wasn't sure what to do with this one. I finally quilted it by hand with different colors of thread.
I finally quilted it by hand with different colors of thread. For the backing and binding I used some orange scraps.
If you want to see all the participant's starting blocks and ending quilts visit the Cotton Robin Big Reveal post.
If you would like to read more about other improv quilting that has gone on recently visit the