True to my word, I held off from joining anymore swaps for about, oh, I don’t, five minutes! In my defense, the latest thing to lure me with its charms is the second incarnation of the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee, which this time takes the form of a round-robin-style medallion swap. Pretty hard to resist, right?
You may remember last year when the hashtag #NGAQB popped up all over Instagram. It was such a fun and creative experience that there was no way I couldn’t be involved the second time around. This year, John Adams took charge to round-up seven male quilters to partake in what promises to be an awesome swap. No different to any round robin you’ve seen before, each month will see one quilter add to another’s quilt before sending it on. Fun, fun and more fun!
I’ve spent the last few days pulling fabric and making my centre ‘square’ (a term I apply very loosely). I’ve chosen a saturated palette of deep teals, mustards and red-purples (surprised?) with accents of greys, blacks and beige neutrals. I went for an improv approach, sewing and slashing with abandon to come up with something I hope the others guys will find inspiring. I want each future round to reflect the quilter who added it, and instructed them that anything goes!
This first part is en route to Scott, along with a bunch of fabric, some I used and some I didn’t. I hoping that snippets of the centre block’s fabrics scattered throughout the quilt will add some continuity and bring all the additions together. The pile is full of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Carolyn Friedlander and many more of my favourites. So much great stuff to play with!
As for my first addition, it’s going to be on a Molli Sparklified unicorn. Yes, you heard right. I’ve already got an idea of what I want to do and cannot wait for it to arrive. Watch this space! Have any of you experienced a round-robin swap? Tell me all about it!