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Round Robin Quilts – Sewing Activity for a Group

Updated on August 16, 2011
Example of a Round Robin Quilt
Example of a Round Robin Quilt

Round robin quilts offer an interesting experience for those who love quilting. They are meant to be completed by a group of quilters, who are represented on a particular list. The first person on this list completes the beginning block; afterward, it is continued by the next person. When the quilt goes around to the last person on the list, it then goes back to the originator who will add the final stitching.

Virtually any pattern can be used to create round robin quilts, though block designs are recommended as they are easier to implement. You can create block designs through an existing pattern, or you can come up with something new, (provided that you are the originator).

Number of People in the Group

When it comes to numbers, there is only one requirement for round robin quilts: you need more than 1 person in a group. Whether you have two or 20 people, the experience is the same. Quilters feel bonded with one another, as they are sharing their talents in the same activity.Just be aware that the activity is easiest if the size of your group corresponds with how many blocks & borders your quilt has.

How to Form a Group

The easiest way to form a group for round robin quilts is to get together with existing friends or families who have a talent for quilting. If this is not possible, you can find members at a church group, a quilting guild or through the Internet. However, if you turn to strangers, make sure you are dealing with people who are serious about this hobby. Otherwise, you might have to finish up someone else’s work.

Basic Guidelines for Round Robins

The individual responsible for initiating the group will generally decide how the quilting goes. They will make decisions regarding virtually every aspect of the quilt’s design, ranging from its color to the motifs it will contain. Other members of the group can also give their input, but the originator makes the final decision. Either way, if you take this position, remember the skills of your group members. Do not give them an advanced pattern if they have just started quilting. They will need a simple block pattern that works well for beginners.

Of course, if you do not know which type of design to use, consider the “crazy” quilt. These are created from random shaped pieces of fabric, with whatever stitching one wants to do. The level of creativity is unlimited, even if a person is inexperienced. This makes crazy quilting a great option for those with kids in their group. A child is less inhibited and can create the wildest stitches imaginable and still contribute to the design.In fact, the crazier the stitches are, the more artful the quilt becomes.

The Cost of Your Materials

In general, if the quilt is for a family member or charity, the costs should be split among the group members. If the quilt is coming back to the originator, that person can pay for the bulk of material, or even all of it.


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    • bloggering profile image

      bloggering 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks! It is a great way to make a quilt since you only have to do part of it ;-)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      How cute! I'm not sure if I have adequate skills for this, but I think it's a really cool idea and productive activity. Rated up and tweeted!