Quilters have been making quilts together for many years. Beginning with the
old-fashioned "quilting bee," where ladies gathered to quilt one another's quilt
tops, it has been fun and productive to join together to make a quilt.
Internet devotees began making "Round Robin" quilts several
years ago. These quilts began with a central medallion or design. The next
person added a border or sashing to surround the center. The following layers
could be pieced, appliquéd strips, or colorful, printed fabric. All layers were
color-coordinated. These quilters passed their tops from person to person, each
adding their own individual touch, working in rings around the center.
Today, "Row Quilts", which are worked in strips, have
become popular. After you decide the finished size of your quilt, you begin the
first row—it could be a row of "Flying Geese," a row of birdhouses, or a row
of sailboats. Then, you pass the first row on to the next quilter. That next
person in line adds a row of flowers or other compatible designs. The final result
is an interesting, unique combination of patterns. You add the borders and the
quilt is ready to be quilted!
The advantages of "Row Quilts" are that you are responsible
for only one portion of each quilt. If you are the type of person who gets bored
piecing an entire quilt top using the same design, perhaps Row Quilts are for you.
Variety is the name of the game! And, if you would like a quilt that has stitching
by your friends, try a Row Quilt. These quilts are perfect for a beginner or more
advanced quilters, who can add rows that are more complex. "Row Quilts" make perfect
wedding or graduation quilts—everyone who participates makes a row for the
bride or graduate. The possibilities are endless.
©2003 Hallye Bone
"Row Quilt" (above) By Lea Brown and her quilting group of twelve members called "Quilting Friends."