Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 Mini Round Robin

      


Friends, my bucket list has gotten a real workout this year. Yet another adventure begins today as I join a few friends in both the U.S. and Canada for a Round Robin. This idea started as a block swap, turned into a Mini Round Robin, and then I had to ask, "What's THAT?"




Nope, not this!

A Round Robin is when you create a work, and mail it to the next person, who then adds to it. Eventually, it comes back around to you. It's similar to a Travelling Quilt, but we'll have 4 different minis continually swapped. Four quilters, four minis, four months. We flip our calendars to June 1, 2016 tomorrow, and all our blocks should be zipping through the postal system in transit to the next quilter. Everyone should have their original back by the first part of September to quilt and bind.




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Do you want to play along? Why not have your own fun along with us? Grab 3 friends and get started. This is a low key project with lots of potential, and a good way to get to know your online friends better. 

About My Block

Surely you knew mine would be a colorful, improvised block made from scraps. This is going to be a Second Chance Mini, and I'm looking forward to seeing what my Round Robin Mates have hidden in their scraps. May I suggest, once you've added your portion to the block, then add a narrow seam around the edge. One about 1/16" will keep the seams from coming apart. This is the same thing I ask from quilters who send me a quilt to long arm, and it works well.

Our Round Robin RULES

We have very few rules, but you really must have some to keep it interesting. Yours may vary.

1. The original block may not exceed 6.5" unfinished. You may send a smaller starting block. 
2. Each person may add on no more than 6.5" edge to edge. So, they may add everything on to one side, split it evenly, or add it asymmetrically. They may add less than that.
3. They may follow your lead in style, color, etc., or take it in a different direction, i.e. paper piecing to strip piecing to blocks. 
4. Expect the finished mini to be 24" or less when finished.

I have no idea what expect. I do know that I already like these people, and we are bound to have some old-fashioned fun with each other. I will try not to impose my funky style on the more traditional among us, but a little might sneak out. 

Check out these other beginning blocks as we begin the big switcheroo.




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Notes and Announcements

The Brave Quilter wrap up linky for May will be open tomorrow, June 1-3, 2016, and the June linky from June 4-10. There will be no link up for July or August as we all take a well deserved summer holiday break.

Until tomorrow...
Come on, Doxies girls.
Let's go sew.


24 comments:

  1. Ooh! Orange and purple Grunge!!! Love the offset log cabin! (I think...) This is going to be so much FUN!

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    1. Yup, it's a loosely organized log cabin, I'd say, but more sure that we're going to be having fun with this project!

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  2. Love this idea - and your beginning block. Last quilt meeting we had a lady talk and she often took part in round robins and I was really intrigued by the idea. Look forward to seeing what is created in yours ... and maybe finding three friends to have a go ourselves.

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    1. I'm excited myself, but it will also be interesting to see if any glitches arise. Since we're all friends, I know there will be a high level of forgiveness if things aren't exactly 'just so'. I do think you need to be open to all the possibilities of handing your work over to others without expectations.

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  3. Fun! Last year our guild (an MQG) had a round robin and it was a great challenge as all the centers were different sizes and styles. This year we are doing a Row Robin as apparently some didn't care for medallion style. Your mini RR sounds so fun.

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    1. I can see that being a lot of fun, too. I like medallions, and it's one of my favorite ways to improv piece, so I'm going to be partial to it. A Row Robin would stretch me a little more, I think, and I'd like to try it sometime. Do you have pictures of how these turned out?

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  4. Sounds like fun. Can't wait to see how things go.

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    1. Knowing this diverse group, Anja, there will be surprises!

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  5. I am so happy for your participation at the Show and Tell Monday and for your inspiration you give us !! Hug from a sunny Varbergoch Bambi

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    1. And 'Tack til dig', Bambi, for always being such a gracious hostesses. ~Julie

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  6. Sounds like a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing what comes back in September.

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    1. I will be very entertained by this novel project. I think the most fun will be watching the progress. I wonder if regular Round Robin participants get to see the in between stages.

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  7. It'll be fun so see the progress and I love the low key approach!

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    1. For busy bloggers with full lives, I agree!

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  8. Loving it and following all of you.
    Smiles
    Kate

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    1. Thank you, and I appreciate it, Kate.

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  9. Your block will be the start of a colorful and fun mini quilt Julie!

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    1. Thanks, Lara. I've enjoyed the first part so far, and I hope they like what I'll add to theirs.

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  10. loving the idea of you four friends whizzing mini quilts around North America. This little robin will be very busy.

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    1. Helen, I always love your imagery! It's so funny, though, because when I see this, I see them all held up on the border going through customs then continuing their little journeys. ; )

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  11. It's going to be fun to see the progress as each round is added!

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    1. That's the part I'm dying to see, too!

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  12. I think the thing I love most about this is how different all of our starting blocks are. Mine should be getting to you any time now :)

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  13. Have fun with your round robin! It is a fun way to stretch you creatively and you will be amazed with what comes back to you.

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