Not really a case worthy of Hercule Poirot, but a mystery nonetheless. As you may recall, I am participating in a neighborhood round robin. I was so excited to get my neighborhood started – I chose a Halloween/Autumn theme. I ordered a fat half of 36ct Lakeside Linens Meadow Rue for it. I had never stitched on Lakeside Linens, so I splurged on this piece. And the fabric was gorgeous. I spent forever laying out my blocks exactly where I wanted them because I had plotted out a road that was going to wind through my neighborhood. I intended to stitch a pumpkin patch, maybe some trick-or-treaters, the whole bit.
For my block I stitched the cemetery from Village of Hawk Run Hollow, although I modified it by reversing the tree, and making some other changes. Stitching my block really took a lot of thought and effort. I included some Weeks Mascara for everyone to sign their block with. And, I sent it on its way.
Never in a million years did I imagine that someone would keep it. That a member of our little group would completely cease all contact, and keep not only my round robin, but Katrina’s too. Several of us have made repeated attempts to contact Lauren Winter regarding the two round robins that she has in her possession. I sent Lauren a sweet card by mail expressing my concern that perhaps something was going on in her life, that perhaps she was unable to keep up with the RR. I explained to her that I understood, as I also had been going through some rough times. Katrina even took it upon herself to send a postage paid envelope to Lauren with enough postage to cover mailing out both RRs. We thought, if money was tight, perhaps that’s why she didn’t mail. Since before Christmas we have given Lauren the benefit of the doubt, offered assistance and understanding – and met with nothing. No response. No round robins. I so hate having to point the finger at someone publicly, but something like this really cannot go unspoken. I think that other stitcher’s need to be aware of this, and frankly I find it shocking that one of our community would do such a thing.
I also cannot help but find irony in the fact that Lauren herself wrote an “article” on her own blog about round robins and had this to say “It’s not a good idea to join an exchange or RR if you can’t commit the time. Depending on the piece you pick, it can take a weekend or maybe even a few weeks to stitch. It’s also not a good idea if you don’t like to stitch under pressure, or you’re unwilling to try new patterns/finishing techniques. You also need to be able to communicate about the status of the RR – to the RR leader, the person you received from/are mailing to, and the person the RR belongs to. There’s also the cost of mailing, sometimes internationally. Additionally, things can get lost in the mail, or people can just not send them. There are lots of horror stories about people who’ve joined RRs and then ruined or kept other peoples’ work.” Horror story? You better believe it.
At last post on the rr blog, this was what my RR looked like. Toni was the last person I know of that stitched on it, but as you can see I have no idea if she finished what she was stitching before she dropped out. Then, it was sent to Lauren and I have heard or seen nothing of it since then. I have no idea if Lauren just didn’t stitch on it, because she got behind, or what. Maybe she just felt like a Halloween piece on some really nice linen would be just the thing to hang in her house. She lives with her fiance, so I would like to think that if she has fallen deathly ill, he would have seen our repeated emails and mail sent to her and done something about it.
Unfortunately, I am now left with no other option but to restart my RR. Due to being out of work, Carol was sweet enough to send me a piece of fabric that I can use to restitch. I have two RRs now that I need to get out the door by March 15th. And the poor stitchers in my RR group now have to also stitch double time to make up for all the time lost on Katrina’s and my RRs. So, you’ll be seeing my RR again..I’ll have to spend some time figuring out if my previous type of layout will work on the new fabric, and if not, I’ll try to figure out something else. I am just sick and so disappointed that Lauren would do this. Her RR is being returned to her, because it’s the right thing to do. I only hope that she will wake up and realize that returning the two RRs she has to their owner’s is also the right thing to do.
With everything that has gone on in my life in the past couple of months, this was absolutely the last thing that I needed to have happen. And, as I mentioned before, I hate having to resort to putting this out there for everyone to see – but that’s the way it goes. I apoligize for the down note of this post, but I’m sure that you can all understand how this must feel.
Next time, I will have a finished quilt to show you!! Oh, and Eric did like the For You piece I stitched for him.
I am grateful for Carol’s generosity.