Monday, November 29, 2010

Round Robin Quilts

I was in a round robin group this past year with four other friends that attend the Dear Jane retreat.  I had been a part of this group before but had been out of it for the last 4 years.   A few of their members had dropped from the group and one had hand surgery, so I decided to get back in again.  Our rules are fairly straightforward:  We are to make a center that is between 8" and 16".  Add a border between 4" and 6" to each quilt.   Use 100% cotton quilt shop quality fabrics.  Include the fabrics you wish to be used and whether or not you want the quilt to be square or rectangular.  You can also state your "dislikes", for example please no orange and you can add fabrics you have in your stash or have purchased as long as they keep with the theme of the quilt.  But, for the most part we have known each other for so long that we trust each other, and here are the quilts that each ended up with:

This is my quilt top.  I don't normally use a lot of pinks and purples and after all the fun part of a round robin is to take you outside of your comfort zone and work with colors and designs that you wouldn't normally work with.  My center is an applique' from the Edyta Sitar book Hop To It.  I am just thrilled with how my quilt turned out.
 This one belongs to Edith.  I had this one first and thought it was a real challenge.  But, I like how it turned out. 
 This one belongs to Nancy our fearless leader who sets up our guidelines.  I love her fabrics.
 This one belongs to Vicki.  She is known as the Cheddar Queen, and I think we used plenty of cheddar in her quilt. 
This one is Claire's quilt.  She wanted something with a Nancy Halvorsen look, and I think this quilt is spot on.  This was a fun one to work on especially since it was so close to Christmas time. 
Each of us thought our quilt was the prettiest one which is just how it should be.  I decided not to be part of the group again next year because I have so many UFOs and other things that I want to do.  Then I saw our quilts, and I've signed on for another round.  I wasn't the only one that had decided not to join, and then at the retreat we all weakened.  Nancy K. is recovered nicely from her surgery, so she will be back this time, too.  We have until February 1 to pull fabrics, make our center and mail it to the next person on the list.  Right now I'm looking for an idea. 

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching!!!!


  1. I love all your quilts - all very beautiful, I can see why each participant thinks theirs is the best!! We only have a week to go before my group has the grand reveal on our 'Row-by-row Round Robin' - that will be SO exciting!!

  2. All of the quilts look fabulous! I know my DD and DGD would love your purple quilt. I'm sure you'll have plenty of ideas before February rolls around.

  3. Wow! Eash one turned out so beautifully! Hard to say which one is my favorite. I was in an "Around the Block" group a few years ago...each chose a theme, added a block(s) to a pellon grid, then circulated every month. Everyone added blocks/strips based on a 4-inch grid (4x4, 4x8, 4x12, 8x8, 8x12, etc). At the end we all took the basted blocks off the pellon and came up with our own setting - SO much fun! I want to do one of these projects again now after seeing your groups' beautiful results!! Thanks for sharing!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  4. Dear LuAnn,
    your Round Robin is great. The colors are beautiful. It's nice to have a group to do all these things together. All the other Round Robins are also wonderful. I'm sure you have so many ideas before it is february and your next big project will start.
    Have a nice day in your sewing room.
    Best greetings from our little village Fronhausen in the middle of Germany.

  5. Oh those round robins are just beautiful. I can see why you all signed up for another. Your house decorations are must have people riding by your house all season just to see them.

  6. Wow! The quilts are all just stunning. What a treasure for each of you! I need to suggest this to my small group.

  7. What a great variety of quilts. I can see why you didn't want to pass up that opportunity. Even though UFOs may be calling your name, a finished project is a good thing whether it is new or old.

  8. It was so fun to see your quilts now that I have met the owners and know how they fit you all - thanks for sharing :-)

  9. I have done a round robin before and they are fun. I really like yours alot. They are all really great though.


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