It all started with a center and we had lots of leeway about what that could be. I started with a paper pieced star made from Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars book.
The next round came from Cloye Brower. This is the one round I was really worried about. This was the dreaded applique round. I have taken lessons in applique techniques a number of times but it has never seemed to work for me. I don't really like the look of raw edge applique, I prefer the needle turn type, but I couldn't make it happen. I tried four different techniques and none worked. I held on to it so long agonizing over how I was going to do what I wanted to do, that the next quilt arrived before I had even sewn the border on. I knew exactly what I wanted the round to look like. The quilt had fabric in it that I wanted to duplicate. It required that I paper piece part (that I had to draw myself) and then to applique once on each side. But the applique I wanted to do wasn't very big, that's what was making it so hard to do needle turn. Once I saw the next quilt with the raw edge applique, I decided it would look okay, so I went with it. I loved how it came out. This quilt started out so cool with a paper pieced hexagon shaped center and every round really fit it perfectly and I liked my round too. I was late getting it to the next person, but I finished it and was so glad to be done.
The final quilt I worked on belonged to Shellie Hansen. This one started out with a painted or dyed center with a wonderful bird and the word Renewal. The rounds all looked really good but the quilt looked finished with the applique round. I was a little worried about adding my round as I was afraid it wouldn't go with the rest. I spent some time answering the question how I get renewed and ended up needing to actually buy fabric for this quilt as I didn't have any fabric that really "went" with the colorway. I was pretty happy with the color choices and thought I had found the perfect design. This round was our own choice too. I got this quilt done really early and ended up hanging on to it for almost 2 months.
The group decided to get together to give back everyone's quilts and I agreed to meet them all in Oklahoma. So tomorrow I'll be driving there and then I'll be able to post a picture of my quilt with all the added rounds. I can't wait to see it. And really I can't wait to see all the quilts and how they came out and to see if the rounds I added look good with the rest of the quilt. Almost every quilt had some paper piecing in it but this last quilt had the most. I added 20 blocks to make it look like I wanted. I liked the finished quilt. So far it's the only one I've seen finished. (Not sure why this one came out sideways either.)