Friday, March 16, 2012

LibRR2 - First Round - Going For It!

Welcome to the first round of the Liberated Round Robin 2012.

This is Clare speaking.

If you are new to this, and liberated quilting, then you can read about what I do on my blog, Dordogne Quilter. I suggest you read that first before going any further so you know what you're letting yourself in for LOL! I'm warning you - this is not for the faint hearted.

Are you ready?

When I did the last challenge I got completely stuck. I started with this

which soon became this

and I'd like you to do something similar.

Have you got a BoM that isn't really "you" and you don't know what to do with it? Or a traditional block (or blocks) in your Parts Dept that you've been meaning to use for something and not quite sure what? Well, now's your chance to break out of the box and liberate it.

Look at your block and think what you could do with it. Perhaps you could slash it using some funky fabric?

There are some links from the And Now We Set It on Fire blog which may give you some inspiration.

This is the first one, this is what she decided to do with them, and this is what it looked like when she'd finished.

I'm not asking you to do something as big as this, but it may give you some ideas.

Tonya Riccuci has a brilliant free piecing tutorial which you can find here and then click on the UnRuly Piecing Basics to download the PDF tutorial. Tonya sets out the basics for liberated free piecing and after you've cut your block you can add parts and do whatever you'd like to it.

If you have any queries, please leave a comment on this post and I'll see if I can help you.

Just remember the liberated piecing basics.

If it's too short, add to it;

if it's too long cut it; and, above all



URLs of Links in this post:

Once you have the pieces for your first round completed, please take a photo and post it to the blog.  Please do this before 6 April when the second step will be posted!


  1. Sent to everyone on the LibRR2 List:

    As a review, this is an online project, you will not be exchanging fabric with anyone. Now that we have started, you will have three weeks between steps to sew and work on your project. (It won't take you three weeks to do each step, remember Freddy Moran advises us to design quickly, the three weeks is there as we know there are other things in our lives!)

    When you finish or have something to share, please login to the site and post a photo and tell us a bit about what you are sharing!

    For this first step you may decide to sew the part together - or you may just keep things in pieces so you can arrange them after more steps are revealed..

    There is no one way to complete this challenge, there is no ‘correct’ way to do it (except perhaps to complete as much as you can!). You decide the fabric, you decide the size, you decide how to interpret the guidelines for each step of the challenge, you decide what happens to your project after it’s done. As Gwen Marston has as her last Design Guideline in Collaborative Quilting Page 111 "10. Most important of all - make it!"

    If you would like to automatically receive an email when any new post is added to the site, then please add your name to the Follow by Email option at the lower right of the screens on the site. To show your support, please add your name also as a Follower (option just above Follow by Email) and share this information with your quilting friends!

    If you are on the list, you will receive a reminder email in three weeks, but we hope you will visit the site a few times to see what others are doing and to give people feedback, etc. If you need help with getting access to the site, probably you need to refill out the form so I know to have the system resend the email to you. If you need help with the mechanics of the site, please let me know via the form.

    Clare from (yes, she lives in France!) has written the first step for us - it's the start of what we expect will be a fun project for us all! She has discovered a delightful way to guide us to be liberated with this project! I met Clare thru her online group Thank you Clare!

    Have fun, share, and let's all learn together!

    : )
    The link to the form is at the right of this screen, in the orange box!

  2. Hmmmmm...where do I start? I am so new at this. I had to look up BOM! Also, I don't even have a "Parts Department"! Does that mean I will have to start with a clean slate?

    1. Hi Michelle. Starting with a clean slate is great. Just jump in and, above all, be brave.