Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here We Go Again ...

Hey, it's that time of year again ... the weather is getting cooler, the trees are changing colors and ... The Round Robin is starting again.

Now you may remember from my post completing my first Round Robin that it was a stressful activity for me. I don't do good trying to "guess" what other people may like, especially when it is people that I don't know and in some cases hadn't met, until the first meeting.

This year, I decided to do the Round Robin again with a twist ... literally and figuratively.

I ma participating again as an independent member of my mom's group. That means that I am part of the group, in structure alone, I am doing a quilt, but not passing it and taking another. My hope was that I could still learn from other quilters and get some guidance while also holding myself to a goal to finish a quilt. (Seriously, I have started so many but only have 4 completed to date.)

As I said earlier I am claiming it to be the "Year of Quiltsmart" so I am concentrating on working on some Quiltsmart projects I wanted to do. So here is my medallion ... Its the Princess Feather by Quiltsmart. I think it may be a retired pattern, but I've had it for a while. I love the way it actually looks like it is spinning!

I must say that I have been nervous to actually get the the point where you stitch things down and have quite a few small projects that are pinned down, but I was too nervous to stitch them for fear of doing it wrong. But for our 10th anniversary, my dear sweet husband replaced my small sewing machine (who was puffing out her last few stitches with great effort) with the Viking Husqvarna Opal 670 and really this machine is so exciting to get creative with that I have stitched right past a few fears and hesitant breaks.

Today we headed to our first meeting at Quilter's Cottage in Richmond, Texas. This quilt shop is a cute little cottage that is full of fun fabrics and inspiring quilts.

I'm already finished with my first border, which is good since the next meeting is October 19, the shortest time between two meetings. This was done to allow for more time between the last two exchanges which traditionally has quilters (in our group) are rushing to complete the final borders before the reveal, which is done at a 4-day retreat.

I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Until our next cup of tea ...

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