Friday, December 9, 2011

Thanks to June.....Rectangles

Thanks to June, who figured out how to 'liberate' my image from the Yahoo Groups folder and emailed it to me. Then I was able to transport it here.  Were you envisioning this step?  Really is simple, huh?  Well, the next border is making up for the last two, that's for sure. Thanks for looking and imagining!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

And then the Rectangles

Well, I have tried and tried to upload the picture of this step/border.  But  I can't find it on my computer..... really, I think the picture fairy stole it.  And I uploaded it to my Liberated Yahoo Groups folder, but it won't let me transfer it here.  So you will have to imagine the last picture, now add in your mind brightly colored rectangles, approx. 2 1/2 in, by 4 to 6 in. all the way around the outside.    That's it.  Remember I said we are in the middle of the Christmas season?   I was trying to keep it simple and get it done fast. border may not show up for another 6 months.  Since the element is curves, I decided to use Victoria at Bumble Beans blog  method for doing curved piecing.  Trying to mimic the streamers in the other fabrics. Well..... at this point I'm not sure how successful the technique is working for this project.  But I REFUSE to applique!  Just sayin', I know that would work and give me beautiful curves, but not doin' it!  :)

Next up: Squares

Since I waited so long to get started with this challenge and then decided to take it up again in the middle of the Christmas season (what was I thinking, right?), and I found this charm pack from Andover fabrics that just so happened to fit in with my party theme, the Squares border is a simple one with the cornerstones being the charm squares.  One says 'Fiesta' in the print, so that has become the name of this top. Are you feelin' it?

A Little Progress....

 So the original block, as best I can remember started out from some bits and pieces that were lying around and I thought they could go together into something. Leftovers from a Project Linus bee most likely, so there were just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. So the center block reminded me of a package and the ribbons fabric in the triangle border promoted the party theme, so I went with it.  Even though it is shaping up to be a medallion design, I didn't want it to be so regular, so the borders were put on asymmetrically.  Some of the triangles do not show very well, but they are in there, I promise!

Latecomer to the Round Robin Party

Jo in PA here.
Wow, I can't believe I am this late getting to the Round Robin party.
Maybe I will get the booby prize. Oh, well, better late than never. I had good intentions of starting this way back when the idea was first proposed. But it is easier to think about sewing than it is to actually DO it. So this was in my head and I even started the center block, and then..... got stuck.
So fast forward 6 months and progress occurs!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Colours of Life

Didn't finish it as it was getting too big to do squiggles.

It was my Mother's 80th birthday party last week. I was going back to the UK for it and needed something to give her.

She's been on at me for ages to make her a lap quilt to keep her knees warm so I pulled this out, took a deep breath and machine quilted it. Just straight lines, using 1" masking tape as a guide. Not bad for a first attempt!

Finished size approx 48" by 46".

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Funny You Should Ask!

I just finished my quilt, binding and all.  I learned so much doing this quilt, doing things I have never done before.   Circles.  Letters.  Raw Edge Applique.  Machine Quilting. Mixed Media.  Throwing out all the rules I ever learned.  I just plain had fun.  It came out a little wavy, but who's to say wavy isn't good.  My husband asked me what it's name was.  I said my first "No Name" quilt, but in reality it would be the "Learning Curve Quilt".  Thanks for including me....What's next?

So Where Are The Liberated Round Robin Participants?

I keep checking back and nothing has been posted for such a long time!!  Are you giving up?  Where are your progress reports?  Come on feed my curiosity!!!   

Love, Pat--who has finished and given hers away.  See my post here:

Monday, September 19, 2011

A little progress at last!

I'm not sure what step I'm up to, but I've had fun today playing with my round robin. This is my first attempt at liberated letters and I'm quite happy with them. Thanks Nancie for all the hints I found in your previous posts about this.

I'm thinking of filling the gap under the letters with strings and then maybe making a border all round with the green batik. Then I'll face the curves!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Working on Phase 6

Finished picture after binding is completed.  Not much difference in the picture.  10/10/11
9/14  Quilting completed and ready for binding.

I've been slowly progressing towards a finish. My sis called the other day and needed a quilt for a wedding gift and wanted one of mine.  So, we decided on my Liberated Challenge quilt.  I've been very frustrated with making feathers.  They just looked too rounded or tight or something.  I've studied Patsy Thompson's feathers and I've got a DVD by the Pajama Quilter.  I've been practicing since then.  I won't show you my garbage can of practices but I hit on what my troubles may have stemmed from.  I was making my "loops" from the top.  When I started them from the bottom and worked up, they became more the style I was working towards.  Here's a sample of my practice next to my actual work on the quilt. 

And then a close-up of the actual quilt.

It may be a couple of days before I can work on the completion of my quilt, but with someone expecting it.  I'll get it done.  Maybe even next week!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

LibRR1 Round 6: Ready to Use or Give Away

Change your project into a quilt!  Make the sandwich and join it together and close it up!

Let us know what is going to happen to your project once it is completed!

Take pictures and share!

Round 6 is added so you can show your project after it's quilted, bound, and ready to use or give away!

(I misread the notes - this was supposed to be the ending step after embellishing and finishing up - June)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dogs and Dots Final Round

My Liberated Round Robin quilt top Dogs and Dots is finished and ready for quilting.  I added a 2" border of various fabric I used in the project, readjusted some dots and, of course,  one more dog with a dotted sweater.  I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt this little project.  Any suggestions would be welcomed.  The top measures 22 x 22 inches.   I have a Mary Engelbreit looking laundry room and I think this little quilt will work perfect as a wall hanging. 
This has been a great Round Robin.  I had so much fun and it has been a real learning process for this Rookie.  I do hope we do another one in the near future.  Thanks so much for a wonderful experience!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Me and You: True Blue -- all finished!

Free Motion Quilting : done
Binding: done
Label on back: done
Hanging strip:done
Photos: done

So that's it!! My RR quilt is finished, ready to give to my friend when she arrives September 8. What an interesting project to start out not knowing more than that I would use the blue fabrics I had on hand. I liked the idea from Gwen and Freddy of 2 chickens representing them and their freindship. I actually made a few of Freddy's Chickens but did not like the fussiness of piecing them. So I just free-handed my own chickens, which turned into a couple of sassy wonky birds instead! Thanks, June and Nancie, for putting the RR together, keeping it all organized, and for your support along the way. It's been fun and I've got a quilt to give my friend as a bonus! Mary

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Good Time!

Thanks to June and Nancie for organizing our Liberated Round Robin. I've had a good time working on my quilt, and I learned some new things from making my quilt. It's been fun to see what everyone has done with their center square.

This morning I figured that I would call my quilt finished and tie it for a charity quilt, because I like some of the borders but am not crazy about the entire quilt. My daughter came to visit today, and just as she was leaving she saw the quilt on my design wall: "That's wonderful, Mom!" "Really, Libby? Do you want it?" The answer was "Yes, but could it be made bigger?", so now I'm motivated to add more borders and make it big enough for her to nap under.

It's good to remember that we all see things differently. I don't like the quilt's center square, yet my daughter told me it's just right, don't change a thing.

Again, thanks for our Round Robin.

Monday, August 22, 2011

LibRR1 Round 5: Embellish and Finish

Now is the time to add the finishing touches to your quilt.

Make it bigger or longer, if you wish.

Wrap up this gorgeous creation by adding whatever it needs!

And if it’s “just right” the way it is, rejoice!

Please post a photo of your project after you have adding anything new, along with notes so we can all learn from your process.

Label the post with your name and Round 5 Embellish and Finish, to show how you finish the top of your project!

Words by Nancie V, posted by June.  Modified later by June

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rounds 3 Letters & 4 Circles

And not necessarily in that order.  I think I have completed 3 & 4, but I keep seeing just one more spot that could use another circle.  The size now is about 22 wide by 26 high.  I had a lapse of about 4 weeks from sewing while I removed wallpaper and painted my studio. I have posted photos of the rehab over at my blog at   I really am unable at this point to explain how all these things came together, which I guess would be why it is called a Round Robin!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Behind Schedule

I thought I would have Round 4 done quickly. My mind went to vines just as Heidi described. Then I talked all about easy curves, remember? Well I made some curves, discarded most of them, set the quilt aside, then decided on one curved border and three plain. But the borders aren't yet stitched. The style of my curved border doesn't seem to go with the rest of the quilt. I'll get back on track as soon as I can, though, and post a photo soon.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


When I read the rules for round 4 I immediately had vines and leaves and flowers in my mind. 
So I added another plain green border and positioned some vines on it and looked at it and looked at it ....and tried to see some leaves and, I don't like this idea any more..
So now this piece already hangs for more than a week on the wall.
What I'll probably try this evening are some yellow circles in different sizes, dancing on the 2 borders. Maybe that will work..

Monday, August 8, 2011

Round 2 Squares

Oops - I didn't post in order!

I went crazy making these squares. The idea was a square within a square and then it wasn't a good fit so I started just channelling Gwen and sewing scraps together. I really got into it! The new "fabric" I made was gorgeous. I also love the asymmetry.

I am constantly inspired by other members of this group and am loving the results of this exposure. Thanks to all!

Rectangles = Letters!

I am becoming SO liberated! I had never even considered letters on a quilt but I am so inspired by everyone here and so made my rectangle "row" about letters.

This is all so timely. I am making this quilt just for me and have a lot of bicycling imagery as I love bicycling and do it a lot. Just at the time I decided to catch up with everyone else I found my new bike - it's pink!! I have not had a brand new bicycle since I was a kid. My current bike is 15 years old. It works but new bikes have EVOLVED! I am so excited about this bike that I am dreaming about it. So my dreams leaked out and onto the quilt!

My goal is to be caught up with the challenge before the next round is announced. My piece is now 43" square.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Reflecting Pool–Round 3

Well, I had my Round Robin piece up on my design wall, but didn’t like anything I tried with it.  I even sewed some to it, but then took it out.  I tried it lop-sided, wonky, and any way I could think of.  Finally, I got disgusted, took it down and shoved it in a box.  That took from  my last post (way back when) until just today when “Eureka!”  I suddenly knew what my problem had been:  me.  It’s not that what I had didn’t work, it’s that I was trying to make it conform to my preconceived pattern idea.  I’d forgotten what I said in my first post:  The colors are wild.  Yes, indeed, they are.  This quilt is all about color pattern. Soon as I remembered that, ideas just jumped together.  This is the Round 3 Rectangles (large, small and all sizes).
Got it.  Remind me of that first posting again next time I get stuck, will you please?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oh, my Dyslexic Self!!! Or, at last I can see!

Finally, some curves I like!!

After ordering some fabric to make the border, I approached cutting the curves with lots of anxiety!  I tried Debbie's
directions as best I could.  She suggested:
Wait don't looks very good. Don't add more purple, go with the dark green. Here's what I would do. Press as flat as possible--stray starch a lot--- and don't trim the purple. Cut strips of green at least 4 in wide. While flat, slide the green strip UNDER the purple edges--one at a time. Then cut thru both purple and green and do a very slight, gentle curve. This way you are assured of matching curves. Flip the green to top of purple, match edge and sew a very little at a time, stopping and aligning as needed. Or the other option is once under the cuved edge of the green 1/4" and topstitch to the purple. You can do this and make it spectacular.

So I tried cutting it this way:
 With the green underneath, I tried cutting both wrong side and then right side.  You guessed it the curves ran the same way and didn't fit into each other!!!  Oh my, why couldn't I "see" that!

Then I tried it this way---running out of fabric here (panic, panic)
  Ah, ha!  It fits snugly and the resulting sewing it together WORKED!!!

I've trimmed it now, and hope I didn't take too much off the sides, as I don't know what the next round of the liberated challenge will be.  But, at last, I am satisfied!!! I'm liking it!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Curvy Joy

My Curves are pieced together using the mirror method (cutting curves in two pieces of fabric and putting the mirror images together by machine) and then I added 3 oddly curved shapes and button hole stitched around them. I only put them on the bottom of the piece because it is getting big...  I added narrow strips on the other sides to separate the piano keys from the next step.  Onward!  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Jan---Round 4 Curves

I made some changes to Dogs and Dots.  I wasn't coping with my round 3 rectangles with curves well, so I just chopped them off and made a small border of rectangles, added a 2" black border and started adding curves.  I used both needle turn applique and iron on applique.  I may add a little embroidery to the floating dots, but for now it is time for the quilt to hang on my design wall.  I'll be making some trips by it--- taking peaks to see if  it needs to have a surprise here and there.

Friday, July 29, 2011


This is wild....I enjoyed making the curves!  I am also thinking about embellishing this when it's finished...
Hopefully with the last round I can pull it all together!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Me and You: True Blue

Rectangles and lots of curves added so I'm all caught up! I remember my grandmother making yo-yo's and thought they would be fun -- and they are. I plan to add a decorative button to the center of each so will look for some when we go to Panama City next week (fabric store, here I come!) Can you believe that I have so many different blues in my stash -- and there are more to come. This quilt is fun, not knowing what might be added next! For the curved patches, I used instructions from Kathryn Schmidt's book "Rule Breaking Quilts."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Curves, hmmmmm . . .

I hope my little circles will count for my curves. The star is a half circle that I inset, but it doesn't show. Actually the star was a circle, but I liked the look of the half circle sitting on the rectangle. It still looked a little static to me so I added the little circles to add movement and to encourage the eye to look for all the other dots and circular curvy things. The size is about 31" by 24".


Idea: Circle Blue Jeans Quilt (Curves)

The Vintage Craft Basket: FREE QUILT PATTERN: circle blue jeans quilt

Monday, July 25, 2011

June's Lib RR Round Two - Squares

I added squares cut out of the World Wide Swap fabric.  I did use templates and rotary to cut these as it was difficult with all the seams.

I was going to put the squares at different angles, but decided to keep them oriented so they are all at the same - but they show movement by where they are in the distance from the triangles and distance from each other.

This piece is now 30" x 31" - I'm probably going to trim it so it's square.

Either before or after my round three (rectangles), I'm going to add something to make this so it's more lap sized....

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Round 3 Strips

 I had a long band of red and white strips that were left over from an earlier project.  I had sewn the little pieces together as Leaders and Enders during that project, and the band was in my Orphan Box.  I added a ticking strip on each side.

Altogether it was long enough for two sides, contiguous or the two short sides.  This is the choice I made.Current size is 25" X 43".


Friday, July 22, 2011

Round 3 Rectangles

Finally!  I've been thinkin' and thinkin' and the result just looks so easy, but I had to get to a place where I could "cogitate" about the colors.  I wanted more lights and I picked a few at a time.  I was thinking I might want to make it into a curve and now with round 4: curves, I may just do that.  But before I do, I must practice.

There's a bit of a stretch through the middle, that I hope won't interfere with the quilt when I quilt it.
I think batiks stretch a bit more than other fabric when sewing them and the border is already curved a bit!  LOL!  :)

LibRR1 Round 4: Curves

Thank you again to all of you who are participating in this online Liberated Round Robin! It's been inspiring to see your creativity!

Those of us needing more time to get caught up, or if you want to add even more rounds inbetween the ones we have suggested - of course go ahead!

For those ready to more on >>>>> Wouldn't it be fun to add some curves to your project?

You can do this by doing applique, sewing bias strips down, sewing circles, making curves seams with different fabric, or _________ (you fill in the blank with your idea!).

As before: please post a photo on this blog when you complete the round (include the measurements and the URL of your blog), and if you have used an internet resource to construct your curved round, do share the link with us or just tell us what you were thinking as you worked on your project.  Check back to see what others have done - and do write comments!

Also, be sure to click to verify that the correct information for you has been added to the Who We Are page.

We have at least three weeks to work on this round; our next and final step for this first Liberated Round Robin will be posted on August 12th.**  We may push this date back a week or so, to give everyone more of a chance to get caught up.

If there is interest, we'd like to do another Liberated Round Robin sometime in the fall - but this time it will be set up so different people (who participated in this first LibRR) will be able to sign up to write up the directions for a round! An email will be sent out in September.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Round 2 squares

Finished this round tonight, and quilted the last [bottom] border after adding it.  I wasn't sure I wanted to add on all four sides, so there was an "incubation" period while I watched a waited for direction.  Finally with the change in colors and size, it seemed like the right thing to add the bottom border in squares also.

The top squares are printed on the fabric, so no complicated construction was required.  I liked the idea of having one "regular" set of checkerboards that were NOT wonky to show that this was indeed intended to be a "squares" border.

The other three borders were pieced in a slightly wonky way.

So far the "quilt as you go" method is working well.  Current size is 25" x 31"


June's Lib RR Round One - Triangles

Here are my triangles!

I did the first side (it's on the left in this photo) ages ago then had happy distractions.  I was originally planning on making two sets of triangles as I did when I was making some flying geese a while back.  But when I tried to make the reverse geese things just would not line up (as I am using the presewn fabric I received in the World Wide Swap) and it looked sloppy and unusable to me.

So I changed my method for making the triangles.  I cut the grey fabric strips then used the rotary to cut out triangles.  Using different colored pins I put three pins in the fabric for each triangle, (so each was color coded and I was able to remember which pieces went where).  Then I used the grey triangle as a template and cut swap material fabric.  Then I sewed the short side up - then I pressed the seam open and sewed the other side up.

Before joining to the center block I straightened up the edges...  But my project is no longer square - it measures between 19 and 21 inches depending on which side is being measured!  It's all flat though so I'm happy with that.

These were the original types of triangles I wanted to make - but I've pretty much mastered this method now so will try not to use it again soon.

I wanted to try the QAYG method for adding rows that Sara described but since I'm behind with the challenge and have used my pins for another project that is waiting to be FMQed, I am just going to go ahead with adding my squares to this project...

So now on to Round 2!

: )

Monday, July 18, 2011

Me and You: True Blue

Today I've officially caught up with an added Round of square patches, stars, and letters. Having fun with this one!  Rectangles coming up.

Round 3!

Busy busy here in the land of garlic, cheese and red wine!

I give you my Round 3

It's looking a lot better now that I've added the blue piano keys and another wide black border.

This is getting big - and I mean big!  It's covering up my Haunted Houses quilt which was big enough.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Me and You: True Blue

So here I am starting over at this late date -- but I'll catch up. The fun thing with this start is that I haven't a clue where I'm going, probably what a RR is supposed to be. I'll be using blues as quite a few seem to have accumulated on the shelves. The 2nd goose on the top right is in need of a bit of discipline as she seems to be staggering about quite drunkenly! Nuff for today, though! Mary

Round 2 Encore

Okay! Forget my last post about Round 2.

There has been a massive rethink and a lot of frogging (rippit rippit).

I'm still not happy with it, but I think I can now see where the problem lies.

I've got to continue the next round with blue and then do the same big black border.  It may not be liberated, but it's continuity.

Casa Loma -- all finished

This piece just seemed quite complete with rectangles and squares so I added a black binding to frame it, signed it on the back, and called it finished. The real truth is that I couldn't wait to give it to my friends! They are delighted with it, and I had a great time making it. This is my first try with using raw edge applique and I really like what I can with that! And I've time to start a whole new RR!!  Mary in Panama

Round 3

I tried several options, and finally decided the two borders (rectangles) looked best with the fabric I used with the flying geese. As busy as the fabric is, other options looked disjointed.

And I do love the fabric. :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

This is so fun!

This is so much fun. There is such a feeling of accomplishment for each new addition.

Now just to get to the rectangles so I can catch up with the rest of you.

Judith in AZ

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jan Round #3 Rectangles

If there are rules in Liberated Quilt making, I think I broke them in this round.  For some reason---not sure why I thought my little quilt top needed some curves.  So after putting together a variety of black strips from my bits and pieces bin I just took a pair of scissors and made curves.  Then I realized I needed to get square again---some how.  After much thought, picture looking, Internet searches, I decided to just do it "Jan's Way".  Well, not sure that was the right way, if applique is not a round of the future---it will be one of my things to do on this little top---need to cover some mistakes.  I machine appliqued my quilt top on to yellow border fabric.   I didn't think about was running out of fabric--whoops.  I want this project to be strictly from my bits and pieces--well I just made it with 10" of yellow left over.  Dogs and Dots started with a center 9 patch block that was 6 1/2" square and the quilt is now 20" square.  Having fun with this little LRR, hope you are too.

Friday, July 8, 2011

QAYG borders on LRR

I mention QAYG borders for this project in an earlier post.
This is how you do it:

I took the top I had with the middle and triangle borders added, and I quilted it.  [I think I will add some more quilting in the white spaces later.]

Then I laid out a three fabric sandwich on the edge where the first border will go.
Top border fabric [black and white check] face-to-face with the top; backing border fabric [green] face-to-face with the back.  Pin all three edges together.  No batting at this point!

Sew these three layers together.  I'm using a quarter-inch seam.

Now take your strip of batting and BUTT it against the edge of the three fabrics you just sewed together.  Using a zig-zag stitch sew together, just catching each side without overlaping them.

Here's what it looks like when you are done.  This method avoid having two or three layers of the batting on top of each other.

Then you flip the two border fabrics over that seam and press.

Now you quilt this border.

Trim off the excess batting and fabric.

Front has grown by one border side [black and white check].

And the back has grown by one border side [darker green].

Not too tough!
And there are no "covering" strips to add over the seam on either side.

Negative side:  You can't rip this border off easily if you later want to change your plan!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Round 1 Triangles

I hope the next rounds get easier on this brain of mine. I just get so intimidated knowing that so many of you are going to see it. After worrying about it for several days I just did something fun for me. :)