How to run a quilters row by row or a round robin

Written by Michelle Steel


How to Organise a Row by Row or a round robin. Firstly, what are Row x Rows and Round Robins? They are quilts, which have more than one person working on them, by design. Usually a group of friends will get together, and decide onrepparttar rules. What usually happens is thatrepparttar 140888 Ďownerí ofrepparttar 140889 quilt, orrepparttar 140890 person who starts it, begins with a block and a colour scheme. This is then handed ontorepparttar 140891 next person inrepparttar 140892 group who adds to this block. A Round Robin means thatrepparttar 140893 quilter adds a border torepparttar 140894 quilt as it is passed around. A Row x Row has a row added asrepparttar 140895 quilt is passed around. The number of participants depends on how bigrepparttar 140896 quilt gets. Rules to consider. Time frame. Each person needs time to work onrepparttar 140897 quilt top. Usually a month is good for any oneís calendar. Considerrepparttar 140898 length of time it will take forrepparttar 140899 quilt top to move around a circle of 8 friends, moving once per month. You may want to limitrepparttar 140900 number of participants per quilt, limitrepparttar 140901 amount of time orrepparttar 140902 size ofrepparttar 140903 quilt. If there are 8 quilts moving around this circle of friends, thenrepparttar 140904 time limit may need to be strictly enforced. Include things such as good quality, pre-washed fabrics only inrepparttar 140905 guidelines. Colour schemes. Individuals will always prefer different colour schemes so these need to be set out plainly for all to take note off. Often itís a good idea to include a note withrepparttar 140906 quilt top as it travels aroundrepparttar 140907 circle. Set out onrepparttar 140908 note, colours that are preferred, colours that are abhorred, designs, which will or will not suitrepparttar 140909 owner. These are all things that should be nutted out before you start.

How to run a quilt swap

Written by Michelle Steel


Lots of quilters enjoy participating in a swap. The main aim of a swap is to get more ofrepparttar particular object that you are swapping. Considering we are talking to quilters here,repparttar 140887 things that they like to swap include, charm squares, completed blocks or pieces of fabric. To organise a swap youíll need participants firstly. These are easily recruited through your own quilt groups. You must have a theme torepparttar 140888 swap that entices more people to join. Keeprepparttar 140889 rules simple so that people understand what they are doing. Rules for swaps includerepparttar 140890 size, shape, design or colour ofrepparttar 140891 fabric/block to be swapped. For instance, you could organise a swap of blue and white, 6.5" nine patches. You find out how many people are interested in participating, and thatís how many blocks each person makes. One for themselves, and one for everyone else. Set a deadline forrepparttar 140892 swap to be finished and thatís about it. Other things to consider are these. Is this a centralised swap or not? A centralised swap is whererepparttar 140893 swap hostess collects all ofrepparttar 140894 items onrepparttar 140895 due date, swaps them all about, and redistributes them torepparttar 140896 participants so each person has one of everything. The hostess needs to be organised and not mind spending a lot of time sorting it out. A non-centralised swap is where each individual sends/gives each other person involved inrepparttar 140897 swap their own item. If you are posting, this can become costly. If there is a person who drops out and doesnít contribute, then you donít always getrepparttar 140898 same amount back that you sent. Are you swapping blocks? Give a good description ofrepparttar 140899 block that everyone is making. Include instructions. Make sure that it is within every ones sewing ability. Be very clear onrepparttar 140900 colours to use, if this is important. Be clear on whatrepparttar 140901 finished measurements ofrepparttar 140902 block should be. Be prepared to accept blocks that might not be sewn well, remember that there are all levels of ability out there, and we should encourage more quilters to join these activities.

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