*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view Way back in May of 2013, a group of quilts began their journey. They started with one block – a center block designed by the quilter who would claim that quilt as their own when the journey was completed. They carried with them a journal – a place for contemplation and explanation and expressions of friendship. No one really knew what they would look like after a year of travel…so it was a leap of faith to send them out into the world.
The quilt at the top of this post is my quilt. It started with that colorful center that I created…and passed through the hands of seven other quilters, each one adding a border of their choosing. In June of this year the pieced top arrived back in California – and I was in love!
Round Robin quilts are not a new idea (there is a rich history of women working together collaboratively to make quilts), but they have evolved with the onset of the Internet and social media. No longer does one have to be constrained by geography. I met the group of women involved in this Round Robin through a site called Threadbias. But there are other on line avenues to meet up with like-minded people, including Flickr, Facebook and blogs.
Our group allowed for a generous 6 week turnaround from when we received a new quilt top to when we had to send it on to the next person. I was really happy to have that extra time as we followed no set patterns when constructing our “rounds” and sometimes I needed more time to come up with a plan.
A couple of weeks ago, I quilted and bound my quilt which measures approximately 76″ X 76″ – a good size for a double bed.
I backed the quilt with some Bella solid turquoise, and a large piece of my favorite fabric from the Happy Go Lucky Collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:
I did a meandering stipple quilt pattern and then crafted a special label with everyone’s name and state on it:
I really love this quilt – not only because it is whimsical and beautiful and warm … but because it reminds me of the friendships I forged over the last year and the dedication of a group of quilters who overcame challenges to create an amazing bunch of quilts.
Many thanks to my friend Mary from Maine who allowed me to use her photo collage of all of the finished quilt tops together (you might notice that there are only six quilts represented here…over the course of a year we had a couple of changes in our group – some people dropped out for a variety of reasons – so these are the quilts that made it through the entire year and got completed):
Aren’t they gorgeous?
And just a couple more photos of my treasured quilt:
One of my favorites to date!