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With grateful appreciation to Bonnie Greene Schilder for permission to post.

Here's how they work:
   Each person pieces a block and mails it to the next person on the list.
You embellish each block as it comes to you and then mail it on ~ always to the name below yours on the list. Everyone communicates when they send and receive blocks so that participants know where their blocks are. Additionally, you can share your thoughts about the block and the stitching with the others. Some RR groups also post scans of the works in progress.

   Once you get all your participants, e-mail everyone OFF LIST with the names, snail-mail addresses and e-mail addys of all participants. Each person will then mail their block to the name below their name. You will then do some stitching on that block and then mail it on to the next person below you ~ you always mail to the same person! It's usually 3 or 4 weeks to do the stitching. Each of you has a printed copy of the names/address with each block when you send it on.

   Sending out frequent notes during the RR helps everyone keep track of where the blocks are and what people are thinking as they work on the blocks. (If you save the correspondence, you can print them out to keep with the RR project.)

PLEASE do the following:
   1. E-mail when you send out a block and when you receive one.
   2. If you go on vacation; if accident, illness or emergency strikes, or if a problem arises, let the coordinator and the group know. Your group can always switch things around in emergencies.
   3. Try to get the block out in the allotted time.

   PLEASE keep the block away from food and drink, animals, small children and cigarette smoke. When you are not working on it, keep it in the original baggie. It is not a good idea to take a RR block on vacation.
   In case of emergency where you are not able to mail the block yourself, have several pre-labeled mailers prepared with the address and postage on them, and include mailing instructions. Keep these together with the block you're working on.

   Write or attach your name somewhere on the block.
   Put your block in a large baggie and write your name and address on the baggie with a permanent black marker.
   Please include in your baggie:
1. A copy of the GROUP list, with your name crossed off.
2. A small booklet so the embroiderers can sign and document what they have done (type of thread, pattern of stitches used, etc.), for the block owner. This can be as simple as note papers stapled together! (Please remember the postage when you put these booklets together.)
3. Tissue paper, bubble wrap or other material to protect any beads, buttons or charms that other stitchers may add.

      For U.S. swappers, Priority Mail might be the most convenient way to send your package; however, they do not guarantee 2- to 3-day delivery for the price. As of May 14, 2007, $4.60 covers everything up to 1 pound; anything more than 1 pound is now zoned from your zip code. Free Priority mailing supplies, including Tyvek™ envelopes are available at your post office.
   You don't have send your baggies Priority Mail! First-Class Mail is appropriate. As long as you provide sufficient postage for your return-mail envelope (and you allow enough time for the package to arrive by the deadline), that will be fine.

The following was originally written by Lydia Joy Burgdorf:
   It seems like people have a real good idea of how to do a swap but may have some more questions about a round robin. First off, don't worry too much about the how-tos (how to piece the block, etc.).  Most of the time, the round robin host will provide written guidelines about size, fabric selection, etc.  If you have specific questions that are not answered in the guidelines, just e-mail her and ask, off list if you prefer.  The only stupid question is one that is unasked.
Newbie Round Robins are designed to give people who are new to CQ and/or the list a chance to play with others. You piece a block and you get someone else's to work on for a while.  This keeps going for about six months (depending on how many are in your group), and then, suddenly, your block makes it home with all of this wonderful stuff on it.  In the meantime, you have the opportunity to touch and work on other blocks and see how other people do it.
   I have learned so much from the round robin blocks that I have worked on; little things like leaving a border of the muslin or foundation to make it easier to hold; marking the seam line clearly, etc.  When your block comes home, it is a miniature CQ that you can use over and over as a reference block.  You can write to the people who worked on your block and ask them how they did something or why they did it that way.

   Even if you are new to CQ, you have probably been doing some other type of needlework.  Use those skills to create/embellish the blocks.  If you are a traditional quilter, then piece a fan block using men's ties or scraps of fancy fabrics.  Maybe you would try your hand at an applique pattern that could be embellished.  If you are an embroiderer, then try piecing a block with only two or three large patches and do intricate embroidery on a patch.  If you do some crocheting or tatting, then crochet or tat a length of trim for a block and stitch it down by hand.