I’ve never participated in a round robin quilt before, but the idea is fun: start with a square or strip for the center, then pass it around a group of quilters, each adding to it (borders or blocks or whatever they want), and passing it on to the next person each month, until it makes it way to everyone in the group and comes back to you as a completed quilt top. And if your group is as talented as the ladies in my modern quilt guild, it’s sure to end up awesome!
This year my quilt guild is starting two Round Robin groups, and we kicked off the six-month challenge at our February meeting. (In case you’re interested, the guidelines that we started with are listed here in my first post.)
For Round 1, I had Marcia’s block, and look how gorgeous the colors and curves are! I love the aqua and peach solids, with pops of navy and chartreuse in the prints.
I quickly realized that I have a serious lack of pink in my stash, but plenty of blue, so that’s the direction I went in. Since I got a late start and needed to send this onto the next person quickly, I decided on a simple aqua border with hourglass cornerstones.
I followed Diary of a Quilter’s great tutorial for the hourglass blocks, and she shared a tip for pressing the back so it lays flat and creates a little four-patch. This is a simple block but I’ve never made it before; it’s always fun to learn something new!
Ta da! I made sure to arrange the hourglasses so that the border arrows “point” to each other.
Marcia included a card that each person can write on to describe what they added. Wish I had thought of that!
You may remember that my start was a 12″ wonky star with Amelia’s initial in the center.
It was passed to Maria and I absolutely love what she added to it!! This is going to be the sweetest, girliest quilt for Amelia and I can’t wait to see what happens to it next as it gets passed around the group.
For Round 3, I’m working on the quilt that was started by Jayne. I have a few weeks until the April meeting, and I’m still thinking about what I want to add. Even though I have a lack of peach in my stash, I do have some hot pink solids… but I also like the grey that Marcia introduced. I love the animal theme that is emerging with the flying geese and butterflies… or I could go geometric and bring in another shape… I’m still thinking it through!