My friend Janet made this beautiful block. She is in my small quilt group. As you may remember, last year my group did a round robin project. This year we are again, but we’re doing mini-medallions. The finished quilts must be no larger than 18″ to meet the rules of our larger guild’s annual challenge.
Because of the small size, only four people will work on each quilt. Each owner began their quilt with a center block. After that, three people will add borders, with the total width of the added border no more than 2″. I’ve added the first border to Janet’s. Her appliqué is lovely and traditional. I wanted to honor it to highlight her work, but also setting the piece up for later borders.
While it would be natural to continue with the reds, greens, and creams, I thought about some color problems I’ve had with my own medallion quilts. More than once I’ve backed myself into a corner by using too few colors in the center. I was afraid if I stuck with those, it would be hard for later borders to broaden the spectrum. While sometimes a quilt is intended to have few colors, this one doesn’t need to.
My first thought for a new color was cheddar. In the early 1800s, chrome yellows and cheddar oranges often were use to accent red and green appliqué quilts.
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.