The Round Robin Rebels are a group of your favorite designers who became friends at Market and decided to work on a quilt together. Gudrun Erla of GE Designs organized the original challenge that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. It was a huge success so when Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches wanted to design a ruler for Creative Grids, Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals and Gudrun decided to do it again.
Round Robin Rebels Unite was born:
Kari Carr designed the Creative Grids Kite Plus ruler that just arrived in the warehouse this week. The concept is brilliant – combine the ever popular 60 degree triangle with a 120 degree triangle to create a Kite. But since the kite is created with these angles, the corners are 90 degrees so this shape can be incorporated into any design that uses 30, 60 and 90 degree angles. Talk about design potential – and these designers blew it out of the water!
This is THE perfect series of classes for every shop because there are learning opportunities each step of the way – and since they are CLP patterns, they are affordable so your customers can invest in the tools they learn how to use along the way!
Lesson #1: This is a class in color and design. Before your students arrive, choose some feature fabrics to inspire them. Then show them how to round out their color palette. They can learn from each other and buy the tools they need for the next class. Demonstrate the ruler so they know how to cut out the pieces and are ready to sew at the next class.
Lesson #2: Kari designed a center square that combines four sixty degree and four thirty degree triangles (CGRSQ1).
This block has inset points – and I NEVER do inset points – until Kari told me how! They were perfect the first time – and every time since! I can now say that I can do inset points!!! And your students can too! The holes in the ruler make it a piece of cake! She used her Clearly Perfect Angles tool (Item #NLS-CPA08) to add the yellow tips that make this design look complex – but it is of so easy.
Kari added a sashed strip-pieced border BUT the black accent is actually a folded fabric inserted in the seam that adds a new design element – and technique to teach your students.
Lesson #4: Then Gudrun used the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (Item #CGREU1) to create the blades in the corners. Setting the quilt on point by using these blades as corner triangles is brilliant! Your students will want to use this technique next time they are using side setting triangles!
Terri designed the final border. Don’t you love the way she turned these corner angle blocks into the jacks we played with as children? Adding the circles also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the Karen Kay Buckley circles (Item #95088). They also soften the look of the entire quilt – and can cover any piecing imperfections! She also combined two 15 degree triangles with the Kite Plus 60 degree angle to create the corner blocks. I LOVE the math!
Lesson #6: Use this lesson to show them how to put all of the units together and celebrate with an outstanding show and tell! Post the pictures on the Creative Grids Facebook page. We can’t wait to see them!
Checker is hosting a school house featuring the Round Robin Rebels in room 360 at Spring Market at 3:30. Kari, Terri and Gudrun will be there to show this quilt in three colorways – and share their journey…..and help you to begin your own!