Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pelham Quilters 2011 Round Robin

I have been really bad this year.  I haven't kept you up to date on the Pelham Round Robin.  Well, we have 3 tops going around this year.  Unfortunately, I only have pics from two :-(.  But here goes.

I didn't get a picture of the center alone.  So I tried to crop it from another photo, so you can see the wonderful hand applique that started this piece.  The photo gives you a hint of what was added in round two, but think about receiving a square with this gorgeous hand applique on a square beige background.

We all had visions of a wonderful traditional quilt top springing up from the center tree.  Well, weren't we amazed when the second quilter brought the piece back in with her round added.

Stunning right?  She took the 'love birds' in the piece and created a mosaic heart boarder, circling the tree and love birds.  Talk about taking the obvious and putting your own personal spin on it.  The mosaic pieces were all randomly cut and individually placed on the background.  The fabric had fusible web on the back before it was cut into pieces.  I can't wait to see what comes in for the third and final round :-).

The second top started as a paper pieced circular star.  It's color choices were very unusual....  teal, purple, pink, off-white and BROWN.  That's right brown and not black.  She drew her colors from the batik, which had all of these as well as a bit of green and lilac.

Once again, the group expected the piece to come back with more paper piecing or as a circle.  But notice the change, not only in shape, but also in color focus.  In the above photo, the purple and teal come forward as dominant colors.  Not anymore....  The piece has morphed quite a bit and the brown and pink have replaced the purple as one of the dominate colors.  Funny what one picks out of another's piece as the focal point to draw inspiration from.  The second round has carried forward points as a design element, but those points are now pointing inward, vs out and they don't mirror the circular shape of the first round.

These are going to part of our best round robin yet.  Can't wait to see what comes in for the third top.

WooHoo Ladies!!

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Wow! I've always been scared to participate in a round robin. Maybe I'm even more scared now. I wouldn't measure up. I especially like the first piece with the applique and mosaic. It'll be fun to watch them grow.