Another branch of New Leaf Stitches

Color Outside the Lines

Welcome back!  We are all so excited that you have been following along as we introduce you to our “No-Rules Round Robin” quilts.

Don’t forget, there’s an article in the February issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Look for this cover.

APQ Cover

The third quilt we are talking about is Terri Degenkolb’s, Playing with Crayons.  I had the privilege of working on the 4th round.

By this time, when a box from Gudrun arrived at my house, even my husband couldn’t wait to see what was inside.   This was turning into a family project!

We put it up on the design wall and this is what it looked like.

Terri's Quilt 1

Once again, I thought it was good enough to be done!  I looked at this quilt for a very long time. And I looked at the fabric that was left in the box for a very long time, too.

I’ve always appreciated Terri’s sense of color.  She can use subtle shades with wisps of color and her designs are fabulous.  So I fell in love with her center right away.  I thought the simplicity of Terry’s red border was brilliant.  And of course, Gudrun added a fun element with a wider, scrappy border.

Some people’s eyes are drawn to light colors, and others to dark.  I happen to see the dark.  So the black that Gudrun added seemed very bold and heavy.  In my mind, making it a great last border.  Oh, what should I do???

Right away I decided I wanted to bring the curves back in that were created in the center block.  I also knew it had to be scrappy because, well….there wasn’t much fabric left to choose from and being the last border, it was going to be the largest.

I scanned Pinterest, magazines and books from my library, finally deciding to make half circles.  I wanted some dimension so I decided to do double faced circles instead of appliquéing them on.  I originally was going to fold the circles so the fabric underneath showed.  But, I didn’t like that once I had them done.  So in hindsight, I might have chosen to just appliqué them in place.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of how I made the half-circles.

sewing circles

 After cutting circles out of scraps of fabric, I sewed them onto the backing.

Notches in circles

After cutting around them, I notched the seam so that they would press flatter.  At this point I simply cut them in half and turned them.

After they were pressed I decided to use a decorative stitch in black that would bring that color out into my border. You will be able to see more detail in the magazine.


Here is a picture of my design wall as I am deciding on the narrow blue border and background fabric for the quilt.  Going back to Terri’s subtle color palette in the center, I decided to repeat that fabric she used there.










Oh yeah,  I added folded  prairie points too.  That was not in the plan, but a way to actually neaten up my work.  Not all of those circles wanted to cooperate!  By strategically placing the prairie points I could cover some slightly skewed circles.  Shhhhh…..don’t tell anybody….especially not Terri!

Terri takig picI also decided to leave the  under border extra wide.  It could be easily cut down, but I wanted to give Terri something to work with if need be. You can see the quilt on the design wall, but how cute is Terri as she tries to get high enough to take a picture of her quilt?





One thing I noticed with all the other rounds is the designers took to heart the saying, “Color outside the Lines”.  Terry made her log cabin strips in a variety of sizes.  Gudrun’s angles were a little funky, so to keep with the theme, I choose to add buttons. But not all the buttons were round.  I added a few square and rectangular ones.


Working on Terri's quilt

After the reveal we had time in the studio to work on additions to the quilts.  Here we all are on the floor trying to decide on an additional border for the quilt.







Working on Terri's quilt2I think we were talking about colors in this picture.  And you know what?  Terri took it home and went with her instincts to finish the quilt.  She did a fabulous job!









“Color outside the lines” can also be considered our invitation for you to start your own round robin projects.  We’d love to hear from you on our Round Robin Rebel’s Facebook page.  Stop over to see what we are doing, but also post pictures of what you and your friends are working on.

Just to put a bug in your ear…we are planning to put together a presentation for guilds and shows.  We would love to share our quilts and stories with you in person.

If you haven’t read all of the posts, here are the links to our blogs so that you can catch up:

Terri (Whimsicals)

Terry (Atkinson Designs)

Gudrun (GE Designs)group pic with title

See you next week.  Kari

Pictures are used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting®
magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation.All rights reserved


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