I joined another round robin. No, technically my previous round robin is not quite finished - I still get do to one more round (we had a quilt that got a little delayed when it ran low on fabric). For the new RR, my guild buddy Jen handed me a package with the rules "anything goes." Way to be awesome, Jen.
Her 12" starting piece was an improv-ish log cabin-ish frame around a
piece of gorgeous upholstery weight fabric. Along with it, she sent a hand-dyed blue stripe fabric.
Around that I added a wonky churn dash round and some triangles, then
finished it off with a border of the blue stripe. I hope she meant it
when she said anything goes... because I mixed in some of my own
upholstery weight fabric and made the call to add another color
to her quilt (yeep - I would probably not be ok with that, but I would
also not have "anything goes" as the instructions for my quilt, so on
the balance of things...) I really hope she likes it.
Have you tried doing a round robin yet? I think I am sold on this type
of collaborative quilt making. It is much more my scene than quilt
bees. There is more opportunity to own your part of the creative process. It can be challenging, but it's the good kind of challenging - gets the creative juices flowing.