|My half of the round robin I am doing with my sister - very casual, no time limits!|
- Do you want a row-by-row (where everyone makes the same size row just different themes) or a medallion quilt (where everyone adds a border to a central block - the borders get bigger and bigger quite quickly)?
- Do you want a co-ordinated fabric look? The owner would have to include fabric that every contributor could use.
- How big do you want the final size? What will you theme/s be?
- How much time do you give to complete each round? Medallion styles may need extra time for the large size borders towards the end.
- What are you going to do if contributors pull out halfway through?
- Local, national, international? Postage can get expensive and time consuming.
- Who will be participating? How are you going to get them to join? Beginners will need more explicate instructions, ie. stipulating 100% cotton fabrics, than experienced quilters.
|My central block for an international round robin I participated in.|
I decided to organise a row-by-row round robin for my local quilting guild. This is what I put in the newsletter:
ROW-BY-ROW ROUND ROBIN
Charlotte is happy to co-ordinate a monthly row-by-row round robin if there are enough keen participants.
How it would work:
1. You provide at least a metre and a half of a feature fabric (or a metre and a half total of several fabrics) that you would like used throughout the quilt (more fabric would allow people to use more of it in each row).
2. The first month, you make the first row for yourself, using your feature fabric and other fabrics from your stash, to set the style of your quilt.
3. The completed row is put into a bag with your information sheet and your leftover feature fabric and passed to the coordinator who then passes it to the next person in the group.
4. The next month, you are working on someone else’s quilt, making a row for them, the theme of that month would be given by the coordinator. You use some of their feature fabric that they have included in their bag and any other fabric you need comes from your stash.
5. Eventually your bag comes back to you with the completed rows and any leftover feature fabric. You then get to choose how to put the rows together. Once all the quilt tops are together there will a grand show and tell with a viewer’s choice prize!
The rows will be completed monthly and the agreed size of each row is 8” x 40” finished (8 ½” x 40 ½” with seam allowances). This can be made up of one panel or five 8” blocks, or a combination of blocks and panel if you wish.
Themes will be things like: stars, birds, traditional, curves, flowers, water, boxes. All of which are open to your own interpretation. For example, stars could be five traditionally pieced Ohio Stars, or it could be a panel of appliquéd stars, or a mix of two star blocks and three appliquéd blocks, or using a star fabric!!
If you can’t always make meetings – no problem! You can pass your completed row/s to a friend to pass on, or organise to meet the coordinator someplace else. You could even post it if worst came to worst!
When you get the rows back, you can add sashings, borders and even more rows – horizontal or vertical - if you want to make your quilt bigger.
|This is the starter row I made for the guild round robin.|
|This is what I got back from the international round robin. My block is sideways - I thought it was obvious, but I guess I should have labelled the top! These are things you learn once you've participated in a few round robins.|