Monday, March 26, 2012

star into square

I had the idea of making something round,
so I started out with an asterisk block
and thought I'd add to it, make it more of a starburst 
After cutting again, turning the blocks around seemed more interesting, so I abandoned the starburst and went with the idea of a wonky square in the middle.

This needed something else, so I added triangles to make it a square in square. 
From circle to square---completely different from my starting idea.
Hope I can make it work with the second step.

June's LibRR2 Step One

Initial Blocks
I received these two blocks from Marie in the World Wide Swap last Spring - they were the only two traditional blocks that I could find in my stash....

I really like the points in the stars.... They are made of a HST but the second side has two equal pieces.

I decided to take the blocks apart - so as I was watching TV tonight, I ripped them apart (I felt so crafty while I was doing this!)....

So now I have all the pieces and have been working on rearranging them....

A swirl of fabric?
Will I put them in swirl going out to make a hurricane of fabric?  I saw some art in an airport in the past week (perhaps in Kingston Jamaica)- where there was a white pattern that swirled out on a white background that caught my eye.

Rows of Points?
Or will I make rows of the points separated by white blocks....?

Or will it be one long columns of points?
Column of Points?

I haven't decided yet - But wanted to be in on the party of posting things for the LibRR2 so am posting even before I decided how to resew these pieces!  I may just wait for Step Two before sewing - not sure now!  I just know I'm going to make this into at least a lap quilt!

Thanks again to Marie for these blocks to play with!

: )

Saturday, March 24, 2012

my first post - wish me luck!

I've started my center block for this fun project. This is my first posting so forgive me if this posting looks wonky! I started with a LARGE block that I picked up from my quilt guild's "free" table.

I trimmed it down to reduce the amount of white space and added in some batik strips.

Here's the finished block

and here's the pile of bright colored strips I plan on incorporating into the design.

I got a little sidetracked playing with some of the fabric. Maybe I'll get to use them for the next step!

Friday, March 23, 2012

first round

May I add these? I am not sure if I have to do a quilt a month or a few blocks....? Please someone put me out of my misery :-(
Jane - UK

Thursday, March 22, 2012

liberated legos?

OK, here's my progress.  I sewed 16 blocks together, then cut them apart, sewed them back together.

I don't think I'm done, needs some more liberating.  But I'm gonna wait and think about it.

The colors are a bit off because the camera in my phone isn't great.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

First Round

Of course, this is too I slashed two of the blocks and then sewed them all together...

Well, maybe it needs to be slashed again, diagonally through the two whole blocks! But what color should I insert to give it a little zing? I am open to suggestions!

BTW, I still have a number of blocks left that I can play with......

Pattilou--Round 1

I'm trying not to overthink this, as I want to add more.  I had these blocks from Clare from last year's Worldwide Swap.
And I rearranged them thinking that since they were block pieces I didn't need to cut them.
I had some hand dyed fabric that I had dyed some time ago.  I made my first block.
I'm leaving the angle in the upper right corner as I may want to add something later on.

So, that is my first round--now complete!
Pattilou (aka Pat F)

Linda Kay's Step One

I don't have much in the way of orphan blocks, so decided to go with the wonky house that doesn't quite go with the other wonky birdhouses for a quilt I have in progress.

So I sliced it and added some words from a fabric in my stash.  I may still add some borders around it, but haven't decided yet.  May wait to see what the next step is in the process.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Center - Round 1 Done

I decided to work with 2 different blocks and see which I like better at the end.   I had a pansy block left after not following directions and then I had several 2.5 blocks from a table runner and some pink swaps so here we go.

My First Round

I promise you - when you've spent hours planning what to do for everyone else and you get to start, it ain't as easy as it sounds.

I thought and thought and thought and eventually came up with this for starters.

Made up of pieces sent to me by Nancie V and Nann in the 2011 and 2012 Worldwide Swaps.

It grew a bit bigger and then I started slashing.

This is what resulted.


Umm - needs something else - a bit of Chartreuse Green perhaps?

I forgot how much fabric stretches when slashed. Nothing matches! That's liberated for you!

Looking forward to the next round.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mary's Step I

Recently I decided to make a paper-pieced star but  it has been many years since I've used that technique, so I first made a "prototype." I just didn't want to risk my really good fabric from the US if I didn't like the design or couldn't manage the technique. For the prototype, I used material from my stash that I had purchased here in Panama and knew I could replace if necessary. (And for sure, the fabric selection in Panama is mighty slim!) I didn't put the final wide borders on the block the pattern called for since that posed no challenge. (But oh my goodness, paper-pieceing is so much more fiddledy than our wonderful, free-spirited Liberated Quilting!!) The good news is that this block made of totally uncoordinated fabrics might turn into Step I for our RR II.
Not such a pretty picture, right? 

So I chopped off the little navy flange then whacked a couple of times across the whole shebang and inserted curvy scraps. Next I diced the entire piece and flipped the parts left to right. Now what? 

Okay, add some sashing. But I'm still dreadfully unhappy -- how Fugly can it get?!! And I realize the turquoise is a very big problem: it's NOT 100% cotton since my hot iron has made it pucker! Furthermore, it has inadvertently ended up making a big X across the whole square - how did THAT happen? So I chop off as many big pieces of the turquoise as I can manage.


Add a bit of green at a wonky angle and voila! I declare the block Step One -- hardly any resemblance to where it all began! Wheeee! Wonder what's next?

Amy's beginning blocks

These are my blocks--I have 8 of each and I'm gonna do something really interesting with be continued!

Step One: I've Made a Start

I've made a simple block for the center of my liberated round robin quilt by taking an old 9-patch and adding the blue scraps to the corners. But some of the blues weren't large enough, so I added the burgundy. Then came the slash and two black fabrics from my scrap bin.
the block is 6.5" x 6.5" so my quilt won't be too large.
(As I'm typing this, all the words are underlined--I don't know why; I wonder if the lines will show up when I hit 'publish'? :).

Janet's Round One

I'm so excited to start round one of the Liberated Round Robin.  I have these 5 stack and slash liberated stars that were an experiment of the technique.  They have been sitting around for quite some time with no idea what to do with them.  The violet some of you might recognize from Block Lotto.  This is one that I rejected because it didn't line up right.  So these are the orphans I am starting with.  I only used one of the stars for this start.  Maybe some of the others will find a use later.  We'll see.

I think I like it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cyndi's Step 1

 I started with two orphan blocks. The first was a Chinese Coins block that I made incorrectly - but couldn't just throw away. The other was a leftover pansy from Block Lotto

A couple of slashes, insertion of some flowery strips, dividing the Chinese Coins, and adding a little striped fabric, and here we go!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


I have some orphan blocks in mind that I think will work wonderfully for this step besides getting them off my back. It's great to join in on this fun. Thanks June, Claire, Mary and others for organizing this. I am looking forward to stretching out my creativity and perhaps get a rigorous training for my liberation.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Round 1 Completed

This is a 24 inch block that was created by the add a border group on Flickr. My round was the last border which I created from leftover pieces from a previous project. Since the middle and my border are already liberated I want to use this and make it bigger. I hope that will be ok. I consider this to be one of my orphan blocks. I am looking forward to learning new techniques.

Thanks Carol (Ladybug)

Round 1 Completed

It has been very quiet around the homestead today.  Hubby is trying to get over the Spring Bug that has everyone coughing, sneezing, and just plain feeling bad.  So, before Missouri started to get into the second half of their NCAA Tournament basketball game, I thought I would take a few minutes to hunt up an orphan block for LibRR2.  Well I just couldn't stop myself and I finished Round 1.  Clare this was fun, thanks for getting us started.
My orphaned block was a hand pieced Log Cabin.  Probably made around the 1950's as it is made from feed sack.
The block was a 6" square.  I decided to add some punch with a new piece of black and white dot cotton.  I put away the rotary cutter and just made some slight curved slices.  Restitched (using the machine).  Then since I like small quilts I dug out the ruler and rotary cutter and trimmed the block to a 5 1/4" square. 
So here is my beginning, it will be fun to see where we go from here.

Flower Ladies

Just completed!
I started this while at the February Retreat with Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston (put on by the Santa Barbara Quilt Retreats).

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!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I am new to the Liberated Round Robin. I sure do look forward to this fun time.
Dorothy Matheson

Friday, March 2, 2012

Invitation to Join in on LibRR2

You are invited to join in on the second Liberated Round Robin (LibRR2).

About LibRR2

The second Liberated Round Robin will commence in March 2012!

The quilters who finished the first LibRR were invited to collaborate in the planning of the second Liberated Round Robin. Clare, Mary, Pattilou and Jan decided they would each write up a section of the challenge for LibRR2.

Please sign up on this form to express your interest in joining in! You will receive access to post photos of your progress and to link to your blog or photo stream, you will receive a reminder email when each new step is posted to the site, and once you start posting photos of your LibRR2 you will be listed on the “Who We Are” page. (Even if you participated in the first Liberated Round Robin, please fill out the form.)

You are invited to join in on this online project. The emphasis this time will be for you to really stretch and to create a liberated piece! There are many different thoughts about what a liberated project is. Each author will be writing their guidelines so you get to know a little more how they interpret this kind of design.

You may use what ever fabric you desire for this project, and the end size is up to you. There is no need to match up colors to a focus piece of fabric - just pick something you like!

This time, in addition to following the guidelines for each round/row/part, we really want you to be open in how you order and size your pieces - so please do not sew them together until you receive directions for that step. There is no right or wrong way to do this - we want you to try to be open and liberated!

If you are interested in joining us for LibRR2, please use this form! (Even if you participated in the first Liberated Round Robin, please fill out the form.)

Pick and choose the suggestions you want to incorporate in your project and sew. Use these ideas for one to four+ rounds or rows that will eventually surround your initial block. This time, please hold off sewing your parts together until April/May. That way it will be easier for you to be creative during this process.

It’s okay to combine ideas, add alternative blocks, insert separating borders, or cut and rearrange what you sewed between rounds. Please report back to the others on the blog to provide motivation and ideas!

If you get behind, that is not a problem. You will receive an email to remind you when a new step is about to be added.

Information about LibRR2 will start to be posted on March 2012.

Join in at anytime.  To follow along as we first work on LibRR2, here is the Tentative Timeline (all Fridays)
  • Mar 2- Invitation to LibRR2 (June)
  • Mar 16- Initial Block/Part/Round/Row (Clare) (Time to sew Mar 16 to Mar Apr 5)
  • Apr 6- Second Round/Row/Part (Mary) (Time to sew Apr 6 to Apr 26)
  • Apr 27 - Third Round/Row/Part (Pattilou)
  • May 18 - Final Round/Row/Part (Jan)
  • June 8- Please try to post your flimsie by this date
  • July 6 - Final Reveal Day - Please try to post photo of your finished project by this date!

If you finish your parts/row/round before the posted deadline, please post a photo and share your thoughts on the blog. Then move on to another project until the next step is revealed!

The idea is not particularly to create the perfect project, but to participate in an online event while creating a quilt! Remember we all learn from each other and incorporate ideas into our own interpretations.... The more we experiment and sew, the better our pieces will become.

To read how this differs from a traditional round robin - click here!

Please share this invitation with your quilter friends!

If you are still working on LibRR1 please continue to post your progress to the blog!