We organized group comfort and baby quilts (a few of those will show up in later posts, as I volunteered several times to do the final assembly and quilting). In 2003, we had a three day retreat just north of Niagara Falls.
Every so often, someone would organize a Round Robin. Round Robins in the quilting world are a bit like a round robin dinner: everyone has a part to play. A delightful young woman from Sweden organized the one I was part of - a first for both of us. All told, there were nine quilters from three different countries and four different states.
We each made a center for our quilt. We passed our centers to the next person in line, who added a border. Once that was done, it was passed to the next person.
You can see the dilemma - what began as an eighteen inch center rapidly became a very, very large quilt. Mine, which is still unquilted, comes in a little bigger than king size.
One of the women owned a bed and breakfast. A veteran of past round robins, she knew to make her center a rectangle rather than a square, in order to give the final quilt the shape she wanted. Her plan was to use the quilt on a bed in the B & B.
By the time her quilt got to me, it was already queen size. Her center was a darling Overall Sam, with all the borders carrying on the country theme. Rather than adding another border, I e-mailed her and offered to make coordinating pillow shams.
I had just run across a perfect block pattern: running chickens.
It's made envelope style; the buttons are functional. Unbutton the front, drop the pillow in from the top and button back up.
I do love the chickens. At some point, I'd love to do a small quilt or a wall hanging with the chicken blocks and some pieced, farm-related blocks.
Yeah, file that with all the other ideas floating around in my head. Too many ideas, not enough time. But at least these got done.
Oh - that sweet young lady who organized the round robin? She's gone on to become a very successful and talented long arm machine quilter. Too bad she is too far away for me to send my tops to be quilted.