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Guild Challenge Miniatures

Every year my local quilt guild has a challenge quilt. Those participating bring the finished quilts to our last meeting of the guild year in July. This year’s challenge was to do a miniature quilt, no more than 18″ on each side. The other constraint was it had to be a real quilt with three layers, quilted, bound, and labeled.

There were so many wonderful entries. My regret is I didn’t take pictures. The quilts included art quilts and wall-hangings, block format quilts, and medallions. My small group did a round robin to make medallion quilts for the challenge, and several of them were entered.

I brought two quilts. One was my round robin, and the other was made only by me.

Friendship Star round robin quilt. I made the center star block. Barb added the first braid border. Cleanne added the blue and gold checkerboard, and Karen added the rest. I completed it with quilting and the purple binding.

Mini Take Two. The colors don’t show quite right on my computer. The “Take Two” refers to the outside corner blocks. I’d started this quilt months ago and wasn’t happy with how the corners resolved, so I changed them.

I added a touch of embroidery to the center.

This was a fun challenge. I enjoyed working in the small scale, though I wouldn’t say I am very good at it. Still, I like both of my quilts and am glad to have another token of friendship from my small group members.

Round Robin Quilts Are Just Medallions…

… made by multiple people, rather than just one.

Okay, that isn’t necessarily true. Round robin quilts don’t have to be in medallion form. Sometimes they’re done as strip quilts, and there are other creative variations I’ve seen, too. But usually they are organized in the medallion format, with a central block surrounded by a series of borders.

Lately there have been a lot of views at this blog about round robins, so it seems there is a lot of interest. Perhaps the new year has spurred the beginning of group projects. Indeed, my small quilt group will be starting a new round robin next month. This time we’ll undertake mini medallions!

I posted before about round robin rules my small group used last year. Every group may have different rules to accommodate the skills and preferences of the members. But they all face similar challenges. How do you take what someone else has done, and create a border to support and enhance that work?

If you’re working within a round robin, you probably have some rules. (My sister and I didn’t make any, though, for the quilts we made together.) First and foremost, stick to the rules so you don’t disappoint the other members of your group.

Today I’ll talk about technical challenges.

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