At the beginning of the year, Dawn, of SewYouQuilt2, started a Relaxing Robin, in which participants started with an orphaned block and finished with a quilted item (quilt, table runner, whatever).
I really wanted to join in but selling our house and moving interfered with my sewing plans so I never got past the second step, which was adding the green border here.
I decided that working on that UFO would be my 'Something Old' project for September and got into an email conversation with Dawn.
We decided that we would do the Relaxing Robin together (company is more fun, don't you think?)
Do you have an orphan block that is calling out to you to save it from the orphanage? Would you like to join us? Don't be scared off by the title -- the block never leaves you until it's finished!
Here are the guidelines -- I hesitate to call them 'rules'; this is supposed to be fun and we all know there are no quilting police.
1. choose a
block from your UFO pile to work with. If you wanted to, you could make
the centre larger by sewing some together, two, three, four etc. have
fun! if you sewed 3 for example runner style then you could make the
finished quilt rectangular instead of square.
2. add a small border. This could be a plain border, pieced, appliquéd
etc but make it small. try and use a color not used in your block for
added fun later on
3. Add appliqué. could be to the small border, could be to the inner
block, or could be an applique border itself. again, try out options and
4. add some triangles. this could be flying geese, pin-wheels, etc.
again, have fun with this. there are many blocks and ideas with
5. using some of the fabric in the first border make another border of your choice
6. make a border that has squares in it; 4 patch, checkerboards etc would be welcome here. again have fun
7. finish as you wish. this can mean another border or if you think you are done, quilt and bind up the baby.
These are suggestions: you can switch the order or eliminate steps altogether if they don't work for you and your block. To be honest, I got hung up on the appliqué border (step 3) which is probably why the project stalled in the confusion of moving!
I have an idea for a needle-turned appliqué but you won't see it until later because I want to sew on my machine not sit around hand-stitching! So I'm bending the guidelines to suit myself -- with Dawn's blessing!
Would you like to join us? There will be a linky party but we haven't finalised the details of when and where yet. Here's the link to Dawn's current post.
In the meantime, let's free those blocks from the orphanage! ;-)