Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finish: Round Trip Quilts!

Remember back during the summer when I joined the New Blogger's Blog Hop hosted by Plum and June?  A few of those bloggers joined up to make the Round Trip Quilts round robin bee.  I've already send my center out to Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe, and I'm super excited to see what she does with it.

This center (the four blue/grey stars on yellow) was started by Leanne at Devoted Quilter, and I was a bit stumped by it at first.  As part of our package, we sent along notebooks with notes about our likes, dislikes, ideas for the quilts, etc., and Leanne said she wanted us to just do our thing and not to be scared of using any colors or prints, but to keep it stars.

So I knew I wanted to add a lot of color, partly because that's my thing, but also so it doesn't stick to one color scheme too early in the quilt.  I decided to do tiny little stars along two sides, but was pondering how to add more than six colors/prints, when my friend suggested I do some Victoria Findlay Wolfe-esque centers.  Normally, I wouldn't throw that much crazy at a quilt that wasn't mine, but I figured in such small amounts, it would be perfect.

I pieced the centers out of my tiniest scraps, then trimmed them down to 2.5 inches.  Then made flying geese for the points and trimmed them down to 2.5 inches wide.  It was a challenge working with such small pieces, but sewing bigger and trimming down made it a lot more accurate.

I'll be sending this one off to Chelsea as soon as I can get to the post office.  And soon I'll be getting Jennifer's (of Never Just Jennifer) center.  I was in love with it from the start and can't wait to see it in real life.

Here's the bloggers in the group!

Heather at QA CreationsLeanne at Devoted QuilterKim at Ties That Bind QuiltingLiz at Green Cheese QuiltingMary at See Mary QuiltChristina at WIPs and TutsJennifer at Never Just JenniferChelsea Huckins at Patch the Giraffe

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday and Glory Be Quilter for TGIFF!


  1. You did a great job with those stars and colors.I love it!!!

  2. The stars are fabulous - I could easily see a whole quilt out of them!

  3. Lovely quilt!! I can't believe how tiny the pieces in the center of your stars! Pinned.

  4. This is awesome - great way to add a lot of fabric and detail with your star centers.

  5. Mary, it's awesome!!! I love what you've done with it. I especially love that you've added so much colour, and that the border you added on two sides is different from the other two sides. I clicked on your link in the TGIFF list, so I had no idea that you were showing my quilt. I just shouted out "Hey, that's my quilt!" to my husband. He thinks it's looking great too :) Thank you so much!

  6. Thanks Mary for sharing at TGIFF Linky Party!

  7. The scrappy center stars are fantastic. Love the way you made the borders different!

  8. great idea to add more colour - It works really well!

  9. Love these starts that you made! It looks great with Leanne's center! I can't wait to see what you do with mine too!

  10. YAY! Love the stars. Just finished yours tonight. Now I need to finish putting my thoughts in the notebook! Mailing out Monday :)

  11. Your border stars are amazing!
    Absolutely LOVE the centre block you sent to Patch the Giraffe, is there any chance of a tutorial?

    1. Thanks so much. I really wish I'd thought to write a blog post about that before sending it off.

      The center star is a free paper piecing pattern from Lily's Quilts called ET Phone Home. I love it and plan on making a lot more.


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