Tuesday, July 07, 2020

round robin squares

My monthly small group of twelve members is not able to meet in these Covid-19 times. Instead we have a weekly 40 minute Zoom meeting where we rotate having three members do show-and-tell then we talk quilting and have personal life sharing for the rest of the time. It is a highlight of my week.

We started a round-robin with 2 1/2 inch cut squares. We have about 15 squares in the envelope so it takes only one postage stamp. When you receive the envelope you take the ones you want and replace with some from your fabrics. It brings a bit of the tactile part of our meetings back to us. We have about 5 packets in the rotation. Some get lost along the way so we start up new ones.

Last week we challenged each other to make a quilt using the squares as a way to mark this time of isolation. I already have almost three shoe-boxes of 2 1/2 inch squares so there is plenty to work with in this house. It is so fun to add in the round robin squares. The green used for the 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles is something I had in my bins. I am not sure the origin, I believe it is a Kona.

I am using a variation of the Jack and Jill design I used a few years ago. The name is mine--the design is one I have seen on the internet and I do not know the origin.
Jack and Jill is made with all 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles and had two irritating construction issues: the long rows and no seams met so there was a lot of pinning. The variation I am making with the 2 1/2 inch print squares will have seams meet so I can have nesting seams and no pins. Still the long rows, though.
Jack and Jill, 2015


gayle said...

Both versions are interesting, but I do think I like the newer one better. The squares give it a lot more life and sparkle!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Great way to use up those 2.5" squares!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

More variety, more fun. Probably a little more planning with squares than rectangles but they both look like fun.

Nann said...

Another simple design concept that packs a punch! The solids set off the prints nicely.

Anonymous said...

Love it! I think this is what I'll do with my squares. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your designs xxoo


Cathy said...

Fun idea for a round robin and a quilt.

By the way, I found your site via Sally at Objects of Design blog.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Very cool quilt - and I LOVE that idea for the round robin squares. I'm going to file that away for when I'm living within easier mailing-distance to quilty friends;).

Jane said...

Lynn, I love your blog and read often. Thanks for your generosity In providing free patterns.
With this quilt, if you draw a line down in front of the green rectangle and go down for 5 rows,
Then go to next rectangle on top line and repeat you can make in blocks. These blocks will have to be joined
in rows, but better than single rows.
Hope you can see what I mean.
Thanks again, Jane.

Jane said...

Sorry Lynn, I meant to say go down 4 rows not 5.
Still easier to join blocks ....

Lynn Dykstra said...

Jane--THANKS!! I will keep this in mind should I make this again.