Are you all about finishing up quilting projects (UFOs = unfinished objects, PIGS = projects in grocery sacks, etc ) that have been in your studio for awhile? I have participated in Quilting Gail’s Stay at Home Round Robin for the last few years and it helps you do just that. This I was stumped as to which block to choose; coordinating fabrics were the problem for the blocks I wanted to use. Then, I went through the bag of blocks and finally went with a block I designed in 2017. It is grey, white and black and I have plenty of that and can add in a hint of color! I am excited about my choice.
My Prior SAHRR
I thought I would share with you my prior Stay at Home Round Robins. In 2022, my finish was A Cardinal Comes to Visit. The center block was from a store sample I made ages ago. I did a more traditional approach in 2021 with Dear Compass Take Me Away. The center block was designed by me for a quilt along. I am so delighted to make this year 3!
My Block: The North Star
My block this year will be the North Star. I designed this in 2017, with a group called the Partners in Design for our very first QAL. It is also the block I submitted to Island Batik when I became an ambassador in 2018, they have the original one. I love this block and realized I had a lot of fabrics to work with it. Funny, it wasn’t in contention until the last day or two. The original blog post has a pattern, which should probably be rewritten as I know more than I did then. It is still free so if you are interested in it, help yourself.
My Round 1: Spools
Roseanne and Sue of Home Sewn by Us choose Spools. There are so many variations, but don’t you love this block? I really wanted to make it but it didn’t work with my choices!
I moved on from that beauty and decided on spools inspired by Emily at Darling Dogwood, who used these here. Here are the spools I made acting as cornerstones.
There is a chance they could be used in the borders, maybe in the center. The picture below just shows another view of them. I like to keep my options open the first few weeks to see what happens, and have some flexibility in my design.
Here is the schedule if you are interested. The first two connect to the right post so you don’t have to look for it. Its not to late to join. You are totally in charge of your stay at home project…do a block or a row or not. Come, join in on the fun. There are prizes, too, this year…an added incentive to making your block into a useful quilt!
- January 16: Center Block Reveal @ Quilting Gail
- January 23: 1st Round: Roseanne & Sue @ Home Sewn By Us
- January 30: 2nd Round: Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- February 6: 3rd Round: Chris @ Chrisknitssews
- February 13: 4th Round: Anja @ Anja Quilts
- February 20: 5th Round: Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- February 27: 6th Round: Gail @ Quilting Gail
- March 13: Parade – showing all of your finished SAHRRs!
Coming Up on the Blog
I have quite a few little projects that I am working on that you will see in the next few weeks. One of them includes blocks from San Franciso Stitch Co called Winter Twist. I caught up on those this week and look forward to sharing them with you. The other is Diatom, a Quilt Along with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl. We are only on block 2 so there is plenty of time to join in. The other quilt is a moose, from Sew Fresh Quilts. I will start talking about those this week, as there are no hops to keep me hopping! Oh, and I have 4 benefit quilts to quilt up for our guild and a bee that I participate in.
SAHRR Block 2
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd 2/22/23
Dust Off a Book Blog Hop 3/8/23
This year I am keeping track of fabric used in quilts or other sewing projects and what I have added to my stash. Right now, I am ahead 4.25, but I think by the end of the month I will be even. I purchased some fabric for a few specific projects, and I am hoping the purchases calm down for a bit. Wish me luck, as my goal for the year is to be at a negative number!Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.