Let’s first answer the question: What is a Round Robin quilt? A Round Robin quilt may be described as fun, challenging and exciting. Each quilter makes a center block and hands it over to another quilter to put a border around the center block. The new border might be plain, pieced, appliqued, or embellished. It might not even go around all four sides. Then the center block is passed to a third quilter to add a 2nd border and so on to each member of the group. After the final border is added, the quilt top is returned to the center square maker to finish the quilt. The challenge is each quilter will be designing and putting a border on each quilt. It may be the 2st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. The exciting part is the maker of the center block does not see her block until the final border has been added to it.
The rules for a Round Robin quilt may vary from guild to guild and from group to group. Two facts that do not vary are that the quilter does not see his or her center block until the last border has been added and that each quilter is asked to do his or her best work. Each quilt is passed along in a non-see-through container. A label and/or journal should be included win the center square so that each quilter can sign the label and make notes in the journal. One guild also suggested including a disposable camera with the quilt square to take pictures of each step in the progress of the quilt.
So far we’ve done 3 Round Robins. The next will begin in spring 2013 after the Quilt Show hullabaloo has died down.
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