Back in May, Sarah Goer and I kicked off a round robin for our kids to get them more involved in quilt making and to help build some kid-quilting community. We invited a few of our own quilty friends that we knew sewed with their kids, set some guidelines, and the Kids Quilt Round Robin was off! Over the summer, nine kids worked on each other's quilts in a round robin format - initially creating a block themselves, then each month passing it on to the next child on their team to add a block, until each quilt had four blocks. In September, everyone received their finished set of blocks to make into a quilt, and now we're ready to show off the quilt tops!
My girls worked as a duo and were paired up with the daughters of Sarah (Sarah Goer Quilts), Katie Blakesley (Swim Bike Quilt), and Sylvia Sutters (A Stranger View). Since they decided their finished quilt would be a gift for their little brother, they chose an outdoor play theme and set off creating an appliqued tree house.
Then they created a row of Flying Geese for Norah (@swimbikequilt) - so fun!
Followed by adding a ringed planet and stars to Z's quilt (@astrangerview).
Finishing with a squirrel star for R (@sarahmgoer).
And then they waited... and it was worth the wait!!!
Just look at all the cute details their teammates stitched for them - blocks filled with kids and animals at play - a splash pad, a dog park, a playground, a pond, a garden, a rainbow... these kids took the outdoor fun theme and really ran with it! My girls were thrilled with the blocks they received and especially love all the little animals playing in the imagery.
When it came time to piece everything together, I suggested the sashing to accommodate a little variance in sizes and to frame each block since they're all so colorful and busy. Now the girls just need to schedule some longarm time on my machine and finish up their project for their brother : )
P.S. In case you're wondering how the whole process went behind the scenes, here's a synopsis.... My girls love to sew and are always creating something on their own at their machine. But the accuracy and patience needed for a series of blocks to someone else's taste really pushed the limit of their skill and focus. It was fun to try the round robin, and I think all the kids are excited to end up with such creative finishes, but I'm not sure I'm ready to bite off such a big undertaking with my two again very soon. Sooooo anyone interested in a kids' quilted postcard swap instead?? Small size + fun new penpals sounds much more manageable to me!
P.P.S. Here's a list of KQRR kids & links to see more finished quilt tops!
G & R of SarahGoerQuilts.com ~ @sarahmgoer
A & C of BerryBarnDesigns.com ~ @berrybarndesigns <--- you are here
Norah of SwimBikeQuilt.com ~ @swimbikequilt
Z of AStrangerView.com ~ @astrangerview
Caitlyn of @tiffanybaxter
Sophie of @thefeltedpear
Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Needle & Thread Thursday.
And now for your enjoyment... my kids trying to hold this quilt top!
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