So this is a little late, it was actually mailed last fall, but took me awhile to add pictures and such. This round robin quilt ground lasted a little over a year, and I think we produced some pretty great quilts. Hopefully everyone else also feels that way!
For the last round, I had Jennifer of Not Just Jennifer‘s quilt. I had gotten a little bit behind on Leanne’s quilt with my move last summer, but I really intended to get Jennifer’s done on time. Then I decided on a super detailed design that would take forever, my parents came to visit, and I started school…
Her quilt is in honor of New Hampshire. There are many other season represented, but I felt like a quilt in honor of New Hampshire had to have winter.
I debated what I wanted to do, and started with a skier. I used the Vintage Skier pattern from During Quiet Time because in my mind it was quicker to use her pattern than to make a different winter scene myself. This is a beautiful and detailed pattern, so I’m not quite sure what would have been faster!
Next, I thought about what really represents New Hampshire. My husband suggested the Old Man of the Mountain as quintessentially NH. I search for a pattern, but could only find one that the website didn’t appear to sell anymore. So, I went on EQ and designed the Old Man. I realize that there is probably not a huge demand for this, but if anyone else ever needs a pattern for the Old Man of the Mountain, I put my version on Craftsy.
So, now I had a skier and the Old Man of the Mountain. I decided to do snowflakes between the two bookends and have some snow and rocks and mountains that I would improv to fill in the difference. I reduced the size of all of the snowflakes because the full size would have been too overwhelming for the section. I guessed at a % to print at and hoped for the best!
The turquoise and blue snowflakes are Snowflake #7 from the Canuck Quilter.
The purple snowflake is from Sewing Under Rainbow.
I continued to fill in the space between the snowflakes, which looks easier than it is. I was cursing my decision to have snow covered mountains and rocky ground as I was trying to match both those seams up! I really love how it turned out though, so it was worth it in the end.
The only thing I’m slightly disappointed by is the blending of this row with the previous quilt. You know when in your mind you think you put the correct colors in, but when you’re done it’s off? I used a couple different blues in the sky to try to mimic the scrappy backgrounds above it, and from a distance it’s still just a huge block of blue. The white seams also look super annoyingly obvious right now, but I know that they will even out on top of some batting once they are quilted. Also, I know I own white on white fabric but I haven’t seen it since I moved. I’m probably going to find it in about a year stuffed inside some vase we never use or somewhere equally stupid. Thus – why I used solid white.
Jennifer, I apologize for taking forever to finish my contribution to your quilt, but I hope that you think the wait was worth it. If not, I will totally take the winter portion back and make a wall hanging. I’m kidding, but not totally 😉
Ladies of Round Trip Quilts, it was a pleasure to work with all of you and I’m really glad I got to have this experience with all of you. Someday I would love to meet all of you in person!
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