Round Robin | Staff Blog - Part 2

Round Robin

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Round Robin: Nancy

This is my first Round Robin! I am so inspired by the idea of creating these shared projects with my team. This will be so much fun!


I’ve gone through my stash and selected a scrappy palette of neutrals, grey, gold and teal. I want to do something improvisational with a folk art twist. I sketch out my flower block and get started.

I made the flower petals from the scrappy strips randomly sewn together in two color palettes. The background  for the flowers is a tone-on-tone cream.

I debated the flower centers, they could add more dimension with yo-yo centers. I went with a simple button for now.

This could develop in a strip as a table runner or be a fun pillow top. I’m passing my flower block on to Jill with my stash of fabrics and some embroidery thread. I think it would be fun to add some embroidery stitches for texture. I can’t wait to see what this turns into!

Staff Round Robin

We were super inspired by the four awesome designers who chose to do a Round Robin for our February 2014 issue (buy the digital issue here).Gudrun Erla, Kari Carr, Terri Degenkolb, and Terry Atkinson agreed to a quilting round robin in which they each would design their own center motifs and entrust the other three to progressively build their quilt tops. In addition to the center motif, they had agreed to ship 20 fat quarters and a 3-yard supply of background fabric to the next quilter. Other than these basic parameters, they were left to their own devices–no rules, no constraints.


Although it caused them a little stress, all four agreed that it pushed their personal boundaries and forced a different kind of creativity. See the four finished quilts and read about each of their journeys here.


Four of our own staff members decided they were up for the challenge of an office round robin. With the holidays approaching, they opted for a mini version of a Round Robin.


Here are their rules:

  • Their quilt centers (round 1) will be no larger than 12″ square finished.
  • When giving their quilt center to the next person, they will include 10–20 fat quarters and 1 yard of background fabric.
  • Just like the original No-Rules Round Robin, they won’t be able to see their quilt center again until the big reveal after the final round.


The order they are going to go in is Jill Abeloe Mead (editor), Jody Sanders (editor), Elizabeth Beese (senior editor), and Nancy Wiles (design director).


The dates for completing each round of quilts and passing it to the next person:

  • Round 1: 12/6/13
  • Round 2: 12/24/13
  • Round 3: 1/14/14
  • Round 4 (reveal): 2/4/14


Each will be journaling about their process on our blogs, so make sure to come back and read!

See Jill’s blog.

See Jody’s blog.

See Nancy’s blog.

See Elizabeth’s blog.


Want to host your own Round Robin? Get our cute invitations, journaling cards, and quilt labels to get started! Print them here. 

Round Robin: Jill

My “big” plan for 2014 is to make my sewing room the happiest (and most organized) place in my home. Can’t think of a better way to start the decorating than with a wall hanging made with my favorite fabrics and created by my friends/coworkers.


I’ve always been fascinated by spools of thread: luscious colors, interesting textures. The spools I’ve stitched for the center of the little quilt top show off a lively stripe that I’ve always liked. I used this stripe in a big quilt and have always wanted to add it to a smaller one. I like the way this uneven stripe works for the thread…each spool looks a little bit different. I’m not one for symmetry and I’m kind of a minimalist, so it will be fun to see what each other quilter adds to the center.


The box of fabrics that will accompany my quilt center is chockfull of my favorite polka dots and solids. The background fabric is my all-time favorite, go-to choice…a white dot printed on white background. In addition to the colorful dots, the theme-setting stripe, and assorted solids, I’ve added an uneven black-and-white dot and an uneven black-and-white stripe. My quilting mantra: add small dashes of black-and-white to make other colors sing.



-Jill Abeloe Mead

December 2013


Round Robin: Jody

I love to do English paper piecing. I carry little bags with me wherever I go. The bags have tiny pieces of paper, thread, little scissors, a needle threader, and fabrics. My boys are involved in athletics and that means a lot of time spent in gyms and soccer fields. On tournament weekends I needed something to pass the time while waiting for the next game, so I started doing handwork. It’s portable and easily fits in my bag.


The pieces for my Round Robin quilt center are 1/2 inch hexagons from Paper Pieces. I fussy-cut a couple of the “rounds”. I like the look of two-color quilts, but also love super scrappy. I included 23 red fat quarters and 21 creams in the kit I’m passing along to the next quilter.



After completing the hexagon portion, I appliquéd it to a 12-1/2″ square.

I can’t wait to see what Jill, Nancy, and Elizabeth add to my center block!