Every fall the local quilt guild does a quilt retreat. Some of us have decided it's fun to choose a pattern that we all work on at the retreat. This year, we went with Roller Rink by Elizabeth Hartman. The pattern can be found in her book Modern Patchwork.
So far, two people have finished their quilts and allowed me to quilt them. It's always fun to see the same quilt pattern done up in different colors. Sharon Stoneberger made hers with reds, oranges, and purples.
For the quilting, we chose a design that reflects the fabric. The lighter border fabric is full of little bubbles. I quilted it with Champagne Bubbles by Kristen Hoftyzer.
Sharon pieced a fun strip to break up the back of her quilt. This is a great way to add interest to a quilt back when you need to make it a little longer.
The variegated quilting thread really shows up nicely on the solid purple fabric.
Barbara Beller also finished her Roller Rink quilt. She chose to do hers in rainbow. It's amazing how different the quilt looks with another color pallet.
Barbara was drawn to the circle quilting on Sharon's quilt. Since her rainbow fabrics all have little circles in them, she decided on a similar design for her own quilt. I quilted this one with Bubbles by Anne Bright.
Barbara almost always goes for pieced backs to use up her scraps. Nearly all of the fabric on this back is left over from the front of the quilt. It's a great way to keep your scraps under control, and you get bonus points for the quilt back looking awesome in the process.
This back is such fun!
I hope you enjoyed this view of two versions of the same quilt. It will be fun to see everyone else's quilts as they get them finished. Speaking of which, I should probably get to work on mine.