Remember when I posted this? At the time, the rules for this bee/round-robin were that we couldn't share photos of what we were working on. Since then, curiosity has proven to be too much for us all and the rules have been relaxed, which means that I can share some photos. Yay!
This is Amber's quilt so far. Before I received it, here's what happened: Amber made the blocks on the top and bottom left. Then she sent them to Alissa, who made the block in the middle of the left and sewed everything together with some Essex cotton/linen. What I received in the mail was basically the left half of what you see in the photo above.
(Check out this photo on Flickr to see tags showing who made what parts.)
I had this up on my wall for a couple of days before I did anything with it and, every time I looked at it, I was drawn to that little bit of ruler print. I kept imagining a larger ruler running down the side of the block and, since it was such an interesting piecing challenge (to me anyway!) I just had to try it.
The ruler is made with Kona Corn Yellow and Kona Charcoal. I wanted it to look scrappy like the rest of the quilt, so I added some little bits of print fabrics. to coordinate with the ones already in the quilt. I also included a couple of pieces of neutral text print fabric similar to the background so that the bold outline of the ruler would be broken up a bit.
One of my favorite things about this quilt is all of the neutral fabrics in the background. It looked to me almost like paper mache and I wanted to continue that look into the part I was adding. I also wanted to make sure that the ruler was surrounded by something more neutral, so I added some patchy neutral pieces on all sides of the ruler before sewing it to the rest of the block.
ETA: I've noticed some links to this post that say the ruler is paper pieced. It isn't. I prefer to use regular old piecing for this kind of thing. :)
I can't wait to see how it turns out!
I love the color scheme Alissa chose and had plenty of gray and chartreuse-y yellow on hand, so I dove right in.