Round Robin

About 3 years ago the Thursday quilt group decided they need to make me a “Round Robin” quilt.

First, a general description of a traditional “round robin” quilts for those who may not have heard of them. It’s a quilt that is made by a group of quilters and it’s a variation of doing friendship blocks. To start, everyone makes a block for the centre. There can be all kinds of rules for size, colour, theme, etc. The blocks are passed to someone else in the group. They add the first border. Then the next quilter adds the second. This usually continues until each member in the group has added a border. The quilter who made the centre block then gets the quilt top back to keep and finish. The basic lay out of the quilt is a “medallion”.

My Round robin had 7 makers including myself, made up as follows the centre was – 14½”, 1st – 2”, 2nd – 3½”, 3rd – 6”, 4th – 3½”, 5th – 2”, 6th – 6”. Finished size of the quilt is 60” x 60”. My centre block was inspired by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins from Piece O’ Cake Way, The New Appliqué Sampler. I provided all the fabric I wanted to be used in the quilt.

Now I am the proud owner of this wonderful quilt. I have started with the quilting. After pinning the 3 layers together I “stitched in the ditch” and free motion outlined all the appliqué areas. I’m now busy hand quilting the centre piece using DMC Perle 8 thread using a number 9 quilting needle. It’s a bit of a bugger as the needle eye is a bit small!

Hope to quilt a bit this Easter weekend!

Happy Easter to you all!


28 thoughts on “Round Robin

  1. Not being part of a quilting group I’ve never heard of this but think its a lovely idea. I love the concept that each person can add their own individual spin on things yet still be working with the same fabrics. It looks great. I know you will treasure this.

  2. This is gorgeous! You must be so pleased to have this work of art. Is that outer tiny-squares border really made out of tiny squares?! It really works so well to bring the flower color out without detracting from the appliqué. Love it!

  3. Beautiful! Love the idea of those types of quilts. A number of years ago I belonged to a guild and a few of us did something similar but it was a row quilt. We each provided one fabric that had to be used in each row but as we did a row for someone we provided the rest of the fabric based on what we had in our scraps. Each row was four 4″ finished blocks. It was fun to see what ideas everyone came up with!

  4. Cherish the time that your friends put into making this quilt. It is not easy to get people to drop what they are doing and share of themselves with you. As the saying goes, the best present that one can give you, is their time. Beautiful quilt.

  5. You stopped by my place so I had to stop by and visit yours. Good thing too. I think I can learn a few things from you. At least stay inspired to keep at it. I’m a novice and my new quilt group doesn’t seem interested in helping me get better. I’m going to keep looking for a new group. I love chocolate too but it has a very loud voice so I keep it out of the house for now. I loved all the projects you’ve made. Yes, I looked at quite a few of your blogs. Consider them “liked”. Now I’ll have to find your follow button. 🙂

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