Round Robin – November Assignment

Hi, Robins!

Hope you are staying warm & dry as the winter weather sets in. It’s a good time to hunker down at the sewing machine basking in the warmth of the nearby iron. I imagine this from my desk as I gaze outside at the dark grey rainy out-of-doors.

This month’s assignment captures a more seasonal aspect of the upcoming holidays: snowballs. Quick and easy, and not quite a circle. Please make one row, 5″ to 6″, on the long side of the top.

By DruryGirl (Flickr)
By DruryGirl (Flickr)

Round Robin – October Assignment

Hello, Robins!

We are in the home stretch and the tops are looking really good.

For the next round we are going to pay homage to those who have gone before us, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae always comes to mind. It might be vintage theme at the next VMQG meeting, but the round robin will be marking the occasion with cross/plus blocks. The photo is of wonky crosses, but feel free to interpret this block design however which way suits your given top.

Please do one side on an end that will make the top more rectangular,  between 5″-7″ in width. And, at the opposite end add a 3″-4″ strip of one fabric, or  simply pieced if you must.

And, a gentle reminder to stitch 1/8″ on the edge to stabilize those seams. Otherwise they tend to unravel — a stitch in time, saves nine!

From With Heart on Hands.
Red Cross by Jenny Krouse (Krousegirl)


February Round Robin

Hi, Robins!

With this being Quiltcon month I will be easy on you: four 3″-4″ borders to frame the starting block, two in adjacent solids, and two in adjacent pieced stripes. The direction and width of the stripes is up to you.

A paper version of what I'm describing.
A paper version of what I’m describing.

Please stitch a scant 1/8th seam around the finished block to stabilize it for the next round.

Any questions, please contact me. Thanks!


Round Robin 2016

Welcome to the third VMQG Round Robin! I will be your coordinator for this round and hope to use everything I have learned from being a participant and from my most esteemed predecessors, Felicity and Stacey Day.

This year we have 11 robins. If you are reading this and have not signed up, there is still time before the February meeting. This is when we will commence with the swapping of the centre blocks.

The centre blocks should be 12″-14″, either square or rectangle. We ask that you use your good fabric and do your best work. And you do, which is why the RR has been such a great success. Let’s continue to impress each other.

If you cannot make it to a meeting or getting your monthly challenge done, please let me know ASAP. You’ve got my number and I’m also on FaceBook and Instagram under my full name.

See you on February 15th!


Round Robin: Final Assignment

We’re here! Working on the final Round Robin borders. The quilt tops are looking amazing – I can’t wait for everyone to see theirs next month!

For our final round, we will be adding TWO 6″ (6½” unfinished) borders, placed in whatever way works best for the quilt top. This month’s theme is: contrast.

I’ve illustrated the borders on adjacent sides, but use your discretion.

Round Robin FinalHave fun! See you in October for the big reveal!

Round Robin: September Assignment

We’re in our penultimate month of the round robin! Exciting!

This month, we’re doing something a bit different with borders. We’ll be adding two borders, not necessarily adjacent, but in a placement that works with the quilt top as is and with its owner’s preferences (i.e. it’s an opportunity to help ensure the centre block ends up off-centre, if that’s what the maker stipulated).

  • first border: 6″ finished (6½” unfinished)
  • second border: 2″ finished (2½” unfinished))
  • theme: flying geese must appear in at least one of the borders
Borders shown adjacent as an example only.
Border positions are an example only.

Have fun and as always, please comment here or email me (felicity DOT quilts AT gmail DOT com) if you have any questions.

Round Robin: August Borders

In the home stretch now! This month, we’ll be adding:

  • 4″ finished (4½” unfinished) borders on all four sides;
  • with 1 to 4 cornerstones;
  • based on the theme: curves

RR August

I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am! I (Felicity) won’t be at the August meeting, but I’ll make sure someone is there to help with the collection and redistribution of Round Robin kits.


Round Robin: July Assignment

Hello Round Robineers! We’re in the latter half of this lovely project and I hope you’re still having fun.

The quilts are growing, and there is a lot going on in them, so for this month, the assignment is:

  • two 2″ finished (2½” unfinished) borders on adjacent sides
  • theme: breathing space

There are different ways to achieve breathing space – keeping the borders unpieced (i.e. a single piece of fabric), choosing solid or near-solid fabric to add in to the overall mix, etc.

As always, the diagram is just a guide (this month’s borders shown in yellow). Your borders should go on the two sides that work best with the quilt you’re working with.

Round Robin July

Go ahead and comment on this post if you’ve got questions. And as always – have fun!

Round Robin: June Assignment

These projects are growing in size – I’ve been so happy with the ones I’ve worked on so far. Are you ready for your next assignment, dear Round Robineers? Here it is!

For the June round, due at our June 16th meeting:

  • Add a 4″ finished (4½” unfinished) border on TWO sides opposite from each other;
  • theme: addition

Round Robin June


A few ideas for interpreting the theme:

  • addition of a new colour in the quilt;
  • addition of a new element to the quilt;
  • plus signs;
  • etc.

As always, have fun and please don’t hesitate to ask questions – comment on this post or email Felicity directly (felicity AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca).

Round Robin: May Assignment

How fun is this?! I am really having fun with the Round Robin activity – last month I played with pops of colour in a grey/neutrals quilt.

For the next round, due at the May 26 meeting:

  • Add a 6″ finished (6½” unfinished) border on ONE side only.
  • Theme: stars.

May Round RobinNote: the border can be on any one side, whichever works for the project you’ve got. As usual, I made the border in the diagram plain/solid – use your imagination and be creative!