So a few of my close friends and I are starting a round robin quilt bee. I haven’t done a bee in a LONG time at this point because the commitment level was too much. I have too many UFOs now from blocks gathered through bees that are waiting for me to get to them. But a round robin style bee is just a bit different…the quilt travels to each person and we are all working on a different person’s quilt each month or so.
I’ve done this style of bee before…it was my very first bee actually. And I love the concept in theory but I learned the hard way that you need to do this with people who are truly committed and who you know well enough to hound down if the quilt gets stuck somewhere. Because the downfall of a member who is unreliable is that they will have the WHOLE quilt rather than just holding up a block or two.
But I know my friends well, we are are in constant communication, and they are not going anywhere. All in all, this should be a great way to get a quilt made through the help of these friends and contribute to each of their quilts as well. Plus it allows us to be flexible with the timeline…month or 90 days…whatever. The point is to get the quilt back eventually and enjoy watching each person add their flavor to it.
We are calling our group #quiltjourney and will be tagging our quilts with that as we post pictures of our progress. We will all have our theme or style. Some people want medallion style, others want friendship bracelet style, others improv.
And then there’s me. I’m always making things tricky. lol No easy topics for me. I’ve debated heavily over what I wanted for a quilt. I want it to be a quilt that lets each person add a very personal touch.
Themes I considered were
- night sky/constellations
- ghastlies (a quilt designed around the ridiculously fanciful ghastlies fabric lines)
- fairy tales
I threw all those themes out there at them and the unanimous choice from them was……drumroll…..still waiting?…..
I think that’s what I really wanted too because it was the only one that I had created a pinterest board for, collecting images and inspirations.
These are a sampling of the imagery that is currently inspiring me and I hope will inspire my friends. But now I have to figure out what I want to do to kick start my own quilt. What image? What character? What words?
Does anyone have any suggestion for me of patterns out there? Favorite fabrics that evoke fairy tales? Let’s get this quilt journey started!
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Have you checked out what Kristy @ Quiet Play has? She did a Once Upon a Time pattern series a while back.
I say a center of books would start it off beautifully!
What a lovely concept/theme. I'll be looking forward to seeing your quilt come to life.
One day I hope to have the opportunity to participate in a Round Robin Bee, it looks like so much fun.
Kristy, I also hope to participate in a Round Robin Bee. I agree that you have to know the people you with though…
Oh man, I've been looking for a round robin style bee for a while, but like you, I've been burned with some past bee mates and with a round robin, it's so much harder to just say, "well, let me make an angel block so this person doesn't get less than everyone else."
I love Sarah Jane's "Let's Pretend" line — particularly the boys line with dragons, castles (forts), crowns, and mirrors.
craftsy has some castle blocks in paper piecing
This Kokka fabric is nice http://www.houzz.com/photos/377073/fairy-tale-canvas-Kokka-fabric-from-Japan–kids-decor-
hope it works out xx love these swaps .. but as you say all have to be committed x
Oh, how fun Angela. This seems like such a wonderful way to sew with friends 🙂 And what a great theme!!! I love the idea of books in the center as well, maybe with some castle bookends 🙂 Or maybe a castle with books leaning up against it. So I guess I like castles and books 😉
So many wonderful possibilities with this idea! Love it and the opportunity it gives you to be creative and stretch yourself. Excited to see the center block! Best, Kate
See http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/other/happily-ever-after-pattern-bundle/70992 for paper-pieced patterns.
oh thank you for link! Those patterns are a great place to give my bee mates a jumping off point if they want!
What a perfect theme for a Quilting bee.
Can't wait to see your quilt develop! I do love that last pirate ship pic…
I did a round robin with my little guild, several years ago. All of our quilts turned out so differently. What about a paper pieced fairy tale block for the center? Try Fandom in Stitches for some ideas.
There is a lot of fairy tales paper piecing on Fandom In Stitches. They have a lot there. Good hunting, I love this site.
Oh what a neat idea for a round robin quilt. I want to join another bee but it seems rather hard to find one that will take a new member these days! I envision a book or castle in the middle, with a border of crowns, another border of castles or books (depending on which was in the middle), with a border of stars. So many possibilities!
I pattern tested this http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/?s=Fairy+tale+castle
It would make a great starting centre panel, it was so much fun!
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