So finally, here's my report back on the improv round robin at our guild's recent retreat. Eight of us chose to participate and we were divided into 2 groups of 4. We all started out in a circle with our fearless leader Chandra, sharing our starter fabrics (we were asked to bring 4 fat-quarters), going over the guidelines, and doing a little pre-improv calming. Pictured are the fabrics I started with, and I gave my group permission to add whatever they saw fit along the way. Not everyone was comfortable with that, which was totally ok! We all also had a baggy of scraps to work with as we sewed through the challenge - there was a bit of confusion whether the scraps were for our own pieces or those we worked on. My scraps were very randomly chosen, so I hung on to them and added several into the various projects as I saw fit.
- Participating was a huge stress-inducer, and I had a major headache when I was done! (Random: daughter dear and I both joined in, and though we were in different groups, our sewing machines were across from each other. So we could encourage each other on, which was good, but we could also see what stress the other was under! Yikes.)
- Though out of my comfort zone, and even considering the above, it was quite fun! I felt energized!
- I obviously defaulted to what was most familiar to me: crazy-pieceing, bits of linen, fussy-cutting, wonky crosses. These were spots of comfort to me in the moment.
Ok, so that's my little report on the improv round robin experience. All this in about 2 hours! If you've participated in a round robin, tell us about it in the comments or link to a post!