Each group of four kids took turns making quilt blocks for each other. Caitlyn's group included G from Sarah Goer Quilts, H from Orange Room Quilts, and Sophie from The Felted Pear
Caitlyn chose the four-row format for her quilt, with a design theme of Hearts and Stars in pink, yellow, teal, blue, and white.
In May, she made the first row for her own quilt, and sent it off in the mail with her KQRR info sheet.
In June, I designed and Caitlyn stitched a football for G who requested a 20" block and sports theme. The laces of the football were foundation paper pieced. This was the first time she had sewn curves.
In July, Caitlyn sewed this colorful 20" block for H, who requested rainbows and brown. I'm pretty sure this block exhausted my stash of brown fabrics!
August was the final month for Sophie, who requested a 20" block of rainbow stars. This pattern is Confetti Star by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time, available on Craftsy.
September saw the return of four beautiful Stars and Hearts rows from our new friends:
Oh, how happy and excited Caitlyn was to see these rows all together! Folks, keep in mind that the kids sewing these rows are ages 5 - 9 !!!! With super-supportive and awesome quilty moms, of course. I am so proud of the work these kids have done for each other.
Caitlyn wanted her quilt to be big enough to sleep under, so four 10" x 40" rows wasn't quite big enough to suit her. We pulled additional fat quarters from my fabric stash to coordinate with her chosen color scheme. White, yellow, pink, teal, blue: five fat quarters of each color, and then she laid them out on the floor.
We sort-of-improvisationally came up with a plan for sashing and bordering that wouldn't be too much additional piecing, but still coordinate with the overall scrappy look of the four rows. Caitlyn decided the arrangement of colors in the sashing rows would be lightest to darkest from top to bottom and she helped to figure out the quilt math, using a caculator to figure that 40 inches divided by 5 fabrics equals 8 inches. I helped her remember to add the seam allowance before cutting. She is not quite ready to use a rotary cutter independently, but she did practice by cutting all of the sashing pieces herself. The height of each sashing row was decided improvisationally: she wanted the rows to be spaced exactly as they are in this photo below where you can see the arrangement of the folded fat quarters. She lay down beside it to test the length!
After all those pieces were cut, she referred back to the photo above for the layout, and moved her sewing machine to be closer to the design floor while she stitched them all together. It's a pretty comfy set-up, don't you think?
This quilt has been adorning the floor for several weeks now, while Caitlyn makes slow and steady progress finishing the piecing. It's almost done! She just needs to attach the right side border.
Caitlyn chose backing and binding fabrics from our favorite local quilt shop a few weeks ago, so after the piecing is finished, she will be ready to baste and quilt it. Her plan is to finish in time to submit it to the Youth category for QuiltCon 2018.
Thank you so much to Sarah and Sarah for imagining and hosting this fun Round Robin for our kids!
You can check out the other KQRR projects at the following links:
G & R of SarahGoerQuilts.com @
Z of AStrangerView.com @
Sophie of @thefeltedpear