Friday, 6 July 2018

Possum Magic. The End.

Many moons ago I joined a round robin (four years ago to be exact).  We called ourselves "Possum Magic", and we were all based in Australia or New Zealand.   

My finished Possum Magic quilt

I finished my own quilt a year ago, but I've never shown it on my blog because I wasn't sure what to say about the experience of being in a round robin.  I'm too honest to just gloss over everything and tell you all it was a blast, and we're all best friends now, because that's not true!

My initial centre block that I made and served as inspiration

Working with strangers is hard.  Trying to do your very best on someone else's quilt isn't easy.  Determining reactions on social media and via emails isn't the same as talking to someone in person.


Suffice to say that things were fine for the first year or so.  Then people's circumstances started to change, and as we got towards the end of the round robin, relationships between some of the members started to sour.  Now those initial happy memories have erased by what happened at the end. 

The good news is that we each got our own quilt back, and most of us have have finished them. 

I chose to hand quilt mine with Aurifil 12wt and 28wt.  I do love the texture the hand quilting has added to the quilt. 

Would I join another round robin? No, not at the moment.  I might in 10 years time, but I'd prefer to do it with people I already know, rather than strangers. 

You can view each of the Possum Magic quilts in the link at the top of the page, and see how they grew as each of us added another round to each quilt. 


Ann said...

I love the finished quilt and appreciate the learning process of the round robin. What pattern did you use? Thanks for sharing your experience and photos!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Really love what you did with the hand quilting. Pinned it. I hand quilted a small piece last year but it would be nice to do a bigger creation with the different colored threads.
Thank you for sharing your experience, esp. that you shared a negative one. I could see how that could happen. I participated in an orphan giveaway (fabrics you weren't going to use and just give away). You would think a simple event such as that would be straightforward? No. Caught a rash from one quilter (can't remember the reason why now) and none of them thanked me. Odd experience but I would do it again. I like the blogger who hosts the hop.

Cathy Melancon said...

Wendy - I am so sorry to hear of your round robin experience. I have never participated in one, but I do think your suggestion of doing it with people you know would be best! Your quilt is beautiful! The hqnd quilting definitely adds a level of awesomeness to the quilt. It is something to be proud of for sure!!!

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Hi Ann. The pattern for my Centre square is from here
All other rounds are devised by the round robin members.

Afton Warrick said...

It's too bad the group dynamics were problematic. The resulting quilts sure are fantastic. I like block bees a bit better since then you are only out a block or two if someone starts slacking, instead of wondering if you'll ever see your top again. That, and if someone's contribution isn't really what you're after, it doesn't sacrifice the entire quilt to omit it.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Oh dear! You are still talking to me, so it can’t have been all bad, right? Your experience was obviously far worse than mine.