“BBQ” quilt-along – round two (+ giveaway!)

My oh my, how our quilts have grown! Last month we started a Round Robin quilt-along using the book Blocks, Borders, Quilts! by Sunny Steinkuhler. If you missed our first post, you can see all the blocks from round one of our “BBQ” quilt-along here. Fourteen people in the office are participating in this fun group activity. This month, we’re sharing progress on the second round—adding 3″ borders to our center blocks.

Cornelia's BBQ quilt
Cornelia’s block with Claudia’s “California” border

Karen S.'s BBQ quilt
Karen S.’s block with Chris’s “Sweetheart” border

Leanne's BBQ quilt
Leanne’s block with Karen B.’s “Birch Bark” border

Claudia's BBQ quilt
Claudia’s block with Abbi’s “North Carolina” border

Sample pages from Blocks, Borders, Quilts
Sample pages from Blocks, Borders, Quilts! show how to customize your borders.

It’s amazing to see how the center block can change dramatically with a border. You never know how Round Robin quilts will turn out until the very end, but watching them bloom and grow is fascinating. Our quilts are now 18″ square, and everyone used a border from the book. Some of the blocks had such a perfect border added that the border looks like part of the center block. Others have taken a completely different direction, developing a whole new personality. I LOVE what Virginia did to mine—she used the paper pieced “Starry Nights” border.

Karen J.'s BBQ quilt
Doesn’t it just glow?!

Here are some more quilts in progress:

Cathy's BBQ quilt
Cathy’s block with Linda’s “Farmer’s Patch” border
Linda, our beginner, was very worried the border wouldn’t fit perfectly. She was shocked when it worked. We weren’t—the math is all done by Sunny!

Karen B.'s BBQ quilt
Karen B.’s block with Cathy’s “Summertime” border

Chris's BBQ quilt
Chris’s block with Karen J.’s (that’s me!) “Ladybug’s Picnic” border
Chris had some fabric with preprinted poems and sayings about friendship. Some of the sayings were just the right size for the diamonds in this border—lucky me!

Abbi's BBQ quilt
Abbi’s block with Tracy’s “The Four Corners” border
Tracy accidentally made two complete borders for Abbi’s quilt. She’d read the block dimensions and saw Abbi’s cute animal print. She planned to fussy cut fabrics and was sure they would fit perfectly into the border. After she pieced all four sections and began to add them to the center block, she realized she’d had the wrong block dimensions in her head. Oops! Plan B worked just fine.

Linda's BBQ quilt
Linda’s block with Leanne’s “Summertime” border

Look at the three quilts below. Mary, Tracy, and Virginia started with similar center blocks: “Dogwood” and “Prairie Rose.” Mary’s and Tracy’s blocks now sport the “Signet” border, but with very different results. Virginia’s block, with the “Birch Bark” border, now looks entirely different from the other two blocks. Simple fabric choices and color placement make all the difference, and make every quilt unique!

Mary's BBQ quilt Tracy's BBQ quilt Virginia's BBQ quilt
Left: Mary’s block with Karen S.’s “Signet” border. Center: Tracy’s block with Cornelia’s “Signet” border. Right: Virginia’s block with Mary’s “Birch Bark” border.

And Jenny’s at-home quilt-along is growing nicely! She added the “Birch Bark” border with a touch of raw-edge appliqué.

Jenny's BBQ quilt


Blocks, Borders, Quilts!There’s still time—you’re invited to join us! If you’d like to create your own “BBQ” quilt, simply purchase your copy of Blocks, Borders, Quilts! and start sewing, like Jenny. You’ll get the eBook for free with your purchase, so you can start sewing right away. (See the bottom of the first “BBQ” post for ideas on starting your own Round Robin.)

We love seeing your quilts progress—thanks to those of you who’ve sent in your photos so far! Whether you’ve already joined us or are just starting out, you can upload photos of your quilt’s progress using this handy form. Keep sending us photos as your quilt progresses. Once a month, we’ll draw a random winner from each of the photos entered. The prize? A $50 eGift certificate to use at ShopMartingale.com!

Remember, you can start up your BBQ quilt at any time, and submit a photo of your progress each month for a chance to win!

This month’s winner is Joanne! Here is Joanne’s quilt in progress:

BBQ Winner Round One--Joanne Scott

Joanne says, “My daughter and I are doing this together and swapping back and forth. Here’s my center block and the first border that she added. I love working with bright colors and am planning to donate my finished quilt to Project Linus.”

Congratulations Joanne, and thanks for quilting with us! You’ll receive information about your gift certificate by email.

We’ll choose our next random winner on Tuesday, September 25, so be sure to send us a photo of your quilt’s progress before then.

See everyone’s entries at our BBQ Round Robin board on Pinterest.


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