A couple of week ago, I posted my own Round Robin centre. Then, I received a centre to add the first border onto. So exciting!
All rounds are sent to me by Charwirfs on Threadbias. This is her centre that she sent to me. On her project page, she has described the block as a “free-form, foundation pieced appliqué starter block”. With the block, she sent along instructions to”be creative” and to “try something new”. Eep! The applique on her block seemed intimidating to replicate further into the border, and I considered some paper piecing, which is something I am yet to try but still too scared to lol!
Before receiving the block and looking at the picture, I was contemplating adding flowers. Something like Lori Holt’s Tulips, maybe? But flowers just didn’t seem right when I had the block in my hot little hands.
I was drawn to the Italian flag on the bike and the words “Baci da Firenze” (Kisses from Florence). Kisses are represented by Xs! I can make X blocks!
These are 2″ X blocks, made from the tutorial by Pile O Fabric. My idea was to make a coloumn of them running down the sides but the small size meant my blocks were a bit wonky and they didn’t fit the length, so I added the strips between them, and that just made it worse! So this strip ended up in my scrap basket and I made larger X blocks. I started with 3.5″ squares and once finished trimmed it down to 3″, so they will end up being 2.5″ X squares when once set into the border. They were much easier to master at this size! I was still going to go with my original plan and have them in a column down the side, but then I looked again and thought about having them interspersed randomly throughout the border.
For the Xs and the border fabric, I used one of the multi-dots from Colour Me Happy by V and Co. It has the colours from the original block, and a few more to draw inspiration from. The solids are various Bella Solids matching some of the dotty colours.
When looking at the centre block, I felt like having the border run down the right side would look too heavy, so I decided to leave my border as only three sides. This is an “Improvi Robin” and we’re only expected to add to one complete side as minimum, so there is no requirement to add to all four sides. Plus I think it makes it a little interesting for the next players in the round to work from! In the other running robins, I think I’ve only seen four sided borders, and I like to be different ;)
This piece now measures approx 15″x18″.
I can’t wait for the next round; I’ll be adding the second border which seems more intimidating than the first!!
As for my own centre, its first border can be seen here!
I have another swap item I need to complete and send off by the end of next month (despite signing up for it January….). It’s called “Better Swap Than Steal” and the premise is you make something for your partner that they may admire of yours, or something in their style — basically to stop them from stealing your own item ;) I have the perfect item chosen to make for my partner and just need to get my butt into gear to get it done! After this swap, I think I might hold off on the swaps for a little while. They’re fun but at the same time stressful trying to catch the deadlines.