SAHRR – Final Round & a Little Extra Project

I knew this event would go quickly! Here we are finishing up the sixth round for the Stay At Home Round Robin and then it is time to quilt it. Crazy fast. The final week was set up by Kathleen McMusing. For her prompt she asked we incorporate letters or numbers into the round. In her post, she provided so many fun ways a person might do this.

I really didn’t want to add more pieced blocks to this very busy little quilt. Instead, I took the fabric I had left from the five inch square you can see at the top, cut a narrow (1.5″) strip of it and stitched it to the side. To balance things out one last time, I added another strip of the blue along the bottom.

I am calling it done. When I look at this, I feel like it is complete. Hopefully I will baste it and begin quilting it this weekend. Everyone will be back on March 18th to share their finished quilts. I believe Gail (the originator and organizer of the event) said there were about 50 quilters participating. Creativity abounds in this group so I am excited to see the finishes!

While I am here, I want to share this quick little placemat I made this week. My grand daughters both have birthdays in March – Big sister will be 7 and Little sister will be 4. I thought it might be fun for them to have a birthday placemat they can share, each one using it on their birthday.

My sister, Cathy, has a shop on Etsy called 6 Monkeys & Co where she sells handmade childrens’ clothing. She thoughtfully saves many adorable scraps for me to quilt with. Making clothing means a large amount of extra fabric that isn’t useful to her but is very fun for me. Anyway, that this where the birthday fabric scraps came from. Just enough to piece together a placemat.

I glued strips or rick-rack trim around the edges before I put the binding on. I was concerned it might make the binding bulky but it wasn’t a problem at all. The backing fabric is a festive rainbow of polkadots. Hope the girls enjoy this during their birthday month. I won’t see them for a couple of weeks so I need to get this off in the mail to them.

Update to last week’s post – I attending the Project Linus meeting and it was quite fun. These women work hard! So many donations that needed to have labels attached. Also loads of donations of fabric which I spent several hours sorting and measuring. I plan to return to the next meeting. Yay!

Enjoy the weekend everyone! I will be working on the SAHRR quilting which I am looking forward to.

18 thoughts on “SAHRR – Final Round & a Little Extra Project

  1. Annette Lozon

    Love your SAHRR. And those placemats are darling! The Grands will feel exceptionally special.

  2. Eva

    Ohhh, this is the same idea to me…. Using a fabric with letters. Because of running out of time and fabric, so no big border again with some alphabet or numbers…. You will see my idea on Wendys block when I can hopefully manage to finish the top. And as commented all the weeks .. I love your work!!!
    Very good!
    This will be a nice birthday party for the nice little ladies!
    They can be so happy to have a sewing young grand.
    These weeks are running and it is/ was again much fun and to work week by week is hard but with the time pressure there is a result in only some weeks!!
    Thanks for alll the work behind to the team, I think they will read it here.
    And Bernie… I am a little bit jealous about your fantastic modern work. 👏👏👏👏😘

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Eva: How is your weekend so far? Have you put that border on yet?
      Text or numbers on the fabric will be quick for you. I hope you already have a fabric that works so no need to go to the fabric shop.
      I look forward to seeing it!

  3. Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl

    Your SAHRR top looks great, and I love that you already had text print incorporated to flow into this border as well. Have fun quilting it! And what a lovely placemat for your granddaughters to use to celebrate this month!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! I am happy with the results. Now to plan some fun quilting in all of these little spaces. Maybe I will try to channel your creativity when I decide how to do the quilting. 🙂

  4. Wendy

    Your SAHRR quilt finished so well, and that text fabric was a perfect way to finish it off! The birthday placemat is such a neat idea; I’m sure they will enjoy it (how can they be 7 and 4 already???)!

    1. Bernie Post author

      I agree Wendy! They can’t be this age already?!
      Hey – I was just reading a blog post by Heidi Emmett and saw you had liked the post. What a fun coincidence. She is a friend from Grass Valley, where I lived in CA. How did you come across her work??

  5. JanineMarie

    Well look at you having letters in your quilt before you even knew the prompt. What a neat coincidence, and more letters in the border completes the theme perfectly. I can’t believe how your bits and bobs were so right for this round robin. Great use of “ leftovers.” Have fun quilting it all up.

  6. Linda at Texas Quilt Gal

    I would have done the same thing with “letters or numbers” – text fabric! It looks fabulous Bernie, can’t wait to see the parade. That placemat is darling, love the fabric. It seems funny to me to see you are going to mail it. In my mind they live down the street from you – lol! I’m excited for you to be working on Project Linus! Glad it was fun.

    1. Bernie Post author

      I wish I lived down the street! I grew up down the street from one grandma and about three miles from the other one. But being 60 miles away is pretty good too! I think it is fun for them to receive something in the mail too. Remember when you were little? Getting mail was kind of special. 🙂

  7. Kathleen McCormick

    I love this! Great use of fabric and the top is so much fun. The placemat is perfect…I have to check out the shop for my grandnieces! I might need to send them dresses some day … if I ever get to know their sizes. So glad the guild meeting was fun and you will go back. It is nice to work with others for a good cause.

    1. Bernie Post author

      If the girls have birthdays coming up, Cathy is an incredible seamstress. She is also super easy to work with if you want something special. (Not that I am biased or anything!!)
      As for working with others, yes, I love it. I enjoyed it more than a guild meeting. It is just what I needed. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

  8. Diann@LittlePenguinQuilts

    That black text fabric was perfect for this last border, and even better that you had already used it before in the project! It’s been fun to follow along as you used up the leftovers from the previous quilt. Cute placemat, too – your girls are going to love it!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you. Today I need to get it basted together, which won’t take any time at all.
      I just took a hop over to your site to see the progress you’ve made. I love at the additional stitching.
      If you want my two cents, putting the stars on the bottom is a great idea. Super cute wall hanging Diann!

  9. TerryK

    How fun to have a “birthday placemat!” I like the way you interpreted the prompt and and finished your challenge!


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