Saturday, December 22, 2012


I've sent an email to all the participants with information about mailing your center block to me -- if you think you're participating but you didn't receive an email, first check your spam folder and then shoot me an email if there's nothing there!

Also, new people will receive an email invitation from Blogger to join this blog so that you can post your own messages.  Please remember not to post photos of the center blocks!

Thanks, and we're off and running!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Call!

This is your last opportunity to sign up for the 2013 Cotton Robin.  If you've been on the fence, now is the time to jump!

Your center block will be due in my mailbox by January 15 -- it can be anywhere from 6.5" square to 9.5" square, or a rectangle with the longest side at 9.5"  (unfinished sizes)

I will be sending out an email to each participant with my mailing address and other instructions next week.



Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's getting closer...

The 2013 Cotton Robin is coming together, but it's definitely still open for a few more participants!  We have a good mix of new players long with many of last year's.

Here's how it works:
The center block will be due to me by January 15.  I will mix them up and send them out, and then you'll have about 5 weeks to add the first border.

You'll send the project to the next person by the end of February, and you'll have about 6 weeks to add a second border on the one you receive.

You'll send the project to the last person by the middle of April, and then you'll have about 6 weeks to quilts and bind the one you receive before sending it "home" to its original owner.

You'll be able to list some likes/dislikes when you send in your center block, and you can choose to send a very small amount of fabric along if you want to -- no more than 1/2 yard.

Please shoot me a comment or an email if you'd like to join in, and make sure that there's an email address so I can respond to you.  (Diane in Canada -- I still need your email address if you want to play!)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Notice to Wanna-be Robineers!

If you leave a comment about participating in the next round robin, please make sure that I have some way to contact you...

Diane, this means you! You are a "no-reply" blogger, and I don't have your email address.


Friday, November 9, 2012

is it time?

Calling all Robineers!

Crazy as it seems, I've been thinking it's time to organize another round robin to start up after the holidays -- probably your center block would be in the mail by mid-January...

Are you interested?  Do you have competent, creative, reliable, quilty friends who might be interested?  Just shoot me a comment or an email and we'll get this going!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Big Reveal

Of course blogger loaded all the photos in a different order than I had intended... but here we go! In alphabetical order:

This was Amy's block (there's supposed to be a secret code in the 
block but I haven't figured it out yet):
And this was the fabulous creation of Julie H, Gwen and Glen:
Here is Andra's center block:
 And here is the charming work of Andrew, Sophie and Laurina:
 This is Andrew's robin:
 And the finished quilt by Jay, Mary Jane, and Julie W:
 Glen started with a wild center:
And here is the work of Kristin, Kate and Mary Jane:
 Gwen started with a charming lighthouse:
And here is the finished quilt by Mary Jane and Melinda
  (Melinda did two parts of this one... it's a long story)
Here's another wild one, from Jay:
 And the very cool finish by Kate, Julie H and Andrew:
This is Julie H's traditional center block:
And the finished quilt by Amy, Glen, and Kristin:
 Next up is my center block (from a book of Japanese block patterns):
 And the fabulous finish by Andra, Andrew, and Nan
 Here is Kate's intriguing center:
And the finish by Tami, Kristin, and Jay:
this one gets an extra photo of Jay's charming dragonfly embellishment!
 Here is Kristin's center block:
 And the sweet quilt created by Gwen, Tami, and Julie H:
 This was Laurina's center block -- is there a bird theme going here, or what?
And the quirky quilt from SOPHIE Amy, Julie W, and Gwen:
(sorry, Sophie!)
 Mary Jane stared with another bright one:
 And here's how it was finished by Glen, Andra, and Kate:

This was Melinda's wonky star center:
And a wonderful finish by Nan, Laurina, and Amy :
(a kakariki is a type of parakeet from New Zealand)

Next up is Nan's center block:
And the pretty quilt created by Melinda, Amy, and Tami:
Sophie started with an ambitious star:
And this terrific quilt was finished by Laurina, Nan, and Andra:
 Last but not least is Tami's center:
 And the quilt created by Julie W, Jay, and Sophie:

I hope you all enjoyed the show -- and working on the quilts!  I think they all came out really well, and I only gained a few gray hairs along the way...   be sure to post a link to this page so your friends can see all the results.  Once I decide I'm crazy enough, we'll do another round.

The Postman Visited Today

My quilt arrived today and I am so thrilled with how it turned out. Thank you everyone who worked on it. Thanks, too, for the lovely bundle of fabrics that came along. Since there was no note, I'm not sure who the generous quilter is. Could it be you Kristin? I'm loving these new goodies and can't wait to use them.

Julie in the barn

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Hurrah! Everyone's quilts are done and I'm hoping to be able to post the BIG REVEAL by this weekend!



My quilt arrived in the mail on Monday. Sorry for the delay in posting, but my home is still in chaos in the midst of a reno partially caused by a water leak in my kitchen. My toilet is sitting in the dining room, painting and new flooring happening everywhere!
I love the quilting on it and the border colors were perfect choices.
thanks for doing such a good job, everyone!


I popped the last quilt in the mail yesterday, via priority.  I got home and found the little notecard I meant to add to it on my table.  Oh well.  At least it's in the mail.   I totally apologize for how long it took me to get it in the mail.  My world has been disaster on top of disaster.  I included some goodies for you, as an apology for the delay.

I hope you like it!
 - Kristin

Monday, June 18, 2012

Home...and What A Wonderful Surprise!!!

We got home from our long trip last night...went to the post office this morning to pick up a ton of mail and my quilt block has returned to me...looking absolutely fabulous!!!  Everyone who added to it made it just look better and better!!  Kate...You and I have traded before...I have a lovely postcard you made from years ago..thanks for what you added; you made my little block so exquisite!!  Julie...your second border really gave my block  pizazz!  Both borders turned my poor little block into a beauty!!  And Andrew..(another good ol' Texan!), your quilting is just out of this world!!  It really completed and enhanced the entire Cotton Robin.  If you all couldn't tell...I am just thrilled! When do we get to do another one!!!!!?????

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My quilt is here!

We timed it just right, returning home just before the mailman came to the door with a package this morning. It was my oh so lovely quilt. I absolutely love it and can't wait to take pictures of it to show it off. Thank you so much to Sophie for all the quilting on it. I'm envious of your talent. Also thanks go to Julie and Jay for the perfect borders. It's exactly what I wanted and more.

Friday, June 15, 2012

almost there...

All the quilts except one are now in the mail. Kristin, please let me know your current status!

Jay (I know you're out of town!), Laurina, Tami, Julie H, and Gwen -- be sure to let me know when you receive your quilts. I will do the big reveal once everyone has theirs.



So exciting

Oh, this is so exciting, seeing everyone get their quilts and hearing the ohhs and ahhs when they see the work.

I can't wait for the reveal where we get to see all the quilts.  I want to know where the ones I worked on went and how they ended up!


Thank You for my Lovely Quilt

I opened the package tonight, added my own name to the label, and am now enjoying my beautiful quilt.

Thank you to my quiltmakers:

On it's Way

I am waiting for my lunch order ...
Just back from mailing the quilt that I finally finished last night.

It was sent express with a guarantee from the USPS that it would arrive home tomorrow.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quilts Coming and (Finally) Going

I received a fat envelope in the mail from Andra--I assume it's my quilt coming home, but I haven't opened it yet ... because I haven't yet sent the quilt I am finishing.

Here's an in-progress photo of some of the last quilting stitches. On the left side of the photo, you're seeing the back (with some back art courtesy of one of the previous round-robiners).

The binding is on.  I'll finish stitching it down tonight so I can send it on its way home tomorrow.

I'm very sorry for the delay.  My trip to the ER soon after I arrived in Santa Fe was only the beginning of some health woes.  After waiting a few weeks for my new health insurance (from the new job) to be "in the system," I was waiting for an appointment with the only allergy practice here that is in-network.  It could have been a 2 month wait had there not been a cancellation.  Armed with an arsenal of prescribed drugs, I am at last starting to feel better.  It's funny: the process of getting the job in Santa Fe for the summer and deciding to move here was easy ... but since then, it seems that everything that can go wrong has gone wrong.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I am away from my house...have been gone for a week and a half and will be gone for another I don't know if I have rec'd my finished block yet or not.  Just as soon as I get home and get my mail collected, I will post if it has returned to anxious to see it and all the others!


I skipped my run this morning and got my quilt bound and in the mail.  Sorry for holding everyone up.  I am in the midst of cleaning out a classroom and moving my sister to a new house. 

I have received my quilt and it is STUNNING!  Thanks so much!

Monday, June 11, 2012

My quilt is here!

I keep forgetting to post that I received my quilt a few days ago, and I love it a lot!  Thanks to Andra, Andrew, and Nan for the great work.


June 11 update

I think there are still three quilts that haven't been mailed... and there are a few that have been mailed that may not have been received yet.

Melinda and Gwen -- have you received your quilts?

I'm will continue to push to get those last ones in the mail and will keep you updated!



It is here!!!  I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To Glen, Andra and Kate, thank you so much for your interpretations.  It has a place of prominence in my office (since I spend way too much time here) so that I can continue looking and loving.  Thank you so very much!

Mary Jane

Thursday, June 7, 2012


My quilt arrived in the post yesterday, and it's a lovely piece all around, which really suits the centre block.  Thanks so much to those who worked on it.  And thanks to Julie for being a lot braver than I am in organising this round robin - I have thus far resisted organising one, so I'm really glad to have someone else do it for me...

I'm looking forward to seeing all the finished pieces and showing my own one off...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In the mail

My finished hanging was mailed about 1 hour ago.
 It is a few days late, but that is mainly because my kitchen flooded 3 weeks ago today and life has been in chaos ever since. As I write this, the plumber is installing the new sink and dishwasher in the kitchen and the carpenters have demolished my bathroom. I'm hopeful that a working spa tub will be available tomorrow or Friday at the latest. Then the living room gets its turn. My sewing area is under an inch of dust......
When all is done, I'm sure I'll be thrilled. After all, I'm getting a major remodel at a very small cost. Hope the insurance rate doesn't skyrocket.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Almost done

I have finished all of the quilting and the binding and now I just have to tie off about 200 threads (eek!). I did not plan the machine quilting very well and started & stopped a lot - live and learn.

I have a good excuse for being late but am working hard to get this little quilt to its owner in the next few days.

Here's a sneak preview of the back.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My quilt is fabulous!

I have to admit, it was a difficult decision on the initial block, but it was the right one! My quilt hanging is so beautiful, I can't say enough about the wonderful people who worked to make it so special. I adore it! glen

robin updates

Several quilts have arrived home and most of the rest are "in the mail".  I need to hear from the following people with a status report, though:



Friday, June 1, 2012


mine is still in the quilting stage but will get it out ASAP!!!
I got my quilt thanks to all who participated in it.
Did anyone figure out the code that I put in my block & label?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Origination Cheyenne to ???

I went to the post office in Cheyenne, WY to mail out the finished quilt to ????  It's such a difference going to a post office that's just a block from the state capitol building. So it's a toss up whether it'll get to its home faster or slower than if it were mailed from my home post office in Sunnyvale, CA. I do hope that the final recipient likes it. I used a perle cotton to hand quilt some of the quilt's details.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A little sneak of the quilting that I did. This will be in tomorrows mail.

Coming and going!

My quilt arrived yesterday and it looks great!  And I shipped out the finished quilt today.  I hope she loves it!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poignant moment at the post office

Well it would have been! Had they had all the supplies available it would have been a poignant moment when I mailed off my finished quilt today! glen

(Nearly) Finished!

Well, I've quilted the piece which came to me, and now I've bound it and attached the sleeve. Only thing left to do is attach the label and I'll be able to get it into the post. I did take a little tease photo, but it didn't turn out well, so I'm going to leave this post photo-less, and everyone will just have to wonder (even more than already) whose piece it is and what it looks like now!  I hope to get it in the post Thursday (31st), but I might not be able to get to the post office until Friday (1st June) - but it definitely won't be any later than that!
I have finished quilt for ???? and got it in the mail today!  Am really looking forward to receiving my quilt...and seeing all the others!!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012


I finished quilting and binding yesterday!!!  I was really nervous about quilting this because it is the first time I've actually done free motion quilting on a real quilt.  I've been practicing a lot, but I'd never done it on an actual quilt.  I'm really proud of how it turned out!  So I thought I'd tease everyone with a section of the back.  I will get it in the mail tomorrow or Wednesday.  I'll post again when it goes in the mail.

Finally received flimsy and started quilting

After 5 weeks on the road I have finally seen the flimsy and have started to quilt it. I will hopefully be done on time - we'll see. So far I've managed a few sweeps of sticking in the ditch, but now I need to decide if I want to do hand quilting (not my forte) or FMQ. The block seems to want hand quilting (darn)!

Monday, May 21, 2012

counting down...

Here we are on the 21st already -- if you think that your finished quilt will not be in the mail by the 31st please let me know...  (I do know about one, and there's a good reason for it to be a few days late)

I finished up my project yesterday and it got a good review from a friend who was visiting. I think it will go in the mail tomorrow.  No pictures to tease you with, though!

Remember to:
- send me a photo of the finished quilt via email
- post when you mail it
- post when you receive yours (you can post photos on your blog but none here yet)



Tuesday, May 15, 2012


It is finished and if I can find the paperwork again, I will mail it off to the right person this week.  I brought it to my quilt guild meeting tonight and did show and tell with it.  The piece was a hit!

I got lots of questions about the process and the group and how I decided on what to do each time.

So we may have a few new converts next round!

I am so totally pleased with this final piece.  I can't wait to get it in the mail back to its home.  You will be so surprised by the creativity of each round.  It is a piece I know you will treasure, it takes on the personality of your center block so beautifully.  I am amazed by it.

glen:  Here is the back to tease you all a bit!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Quilting with the Infamous Breaking Metallic Thread

I have spent most of the afternoon quilting my piece. It is a wonderful and intricate piece that really didn't need a lot of intricate quilting so my job should have been easy, right? Wrong. I chose some exciting metallic thread. Perfect thread for the project. But it must have broken a million times! I perservered though. And it, whew! is ready to bind. I chose some great binding fabric at the new quilt store, my first purchase at the new store in fact. It will be the perfect compliment to the perfect top. glen: I think I like this one, metallic thread notwithstanding.........

May 11

I'm about half done with quilting my robin and then it will go off in the mail to... someone!

Now that everyone has received their projects to finish, I thought I'd remind you one last time to email a photo of the finished quilt to me before you put it in the mail, and DO NOT post a photo on the blog.   If you need mailing information, just shoot me an email.

Thanks for playing!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Arrival, finally.

Hoorah, the top arrived from Andra today, ready for me to quilt. I think that's all of them safe and sound now.  It was postmarked 26th April, so not sure why it took so long - scenic route, I guess!  Now I just have to think what to do with it...

I hope to get to it soon, but with it being so long in the coming it might be mailed rather closer to the 31 May deadline than I'd otherwise like.  Still, once I decide what to do, the actual doing shouldn't take that long on a piece this size.

On quilting...

I am 2 days into hand quilting. I had a great backing fabric in my stash! HUZZAH!

I had to buy I second spool of hand quilting thread - the first one kept breaking on me - it actually made fuzzy balls near the eye of the needle - so I would have a line of sttiching on the needle only to find out that I could not pull it through.

I am deciding how to do the quilting as I go...

I'll decide on the binding one the top is done.

Quilt received - the suspense......

I have received the final package with my completed quilt. I have not opened it yet. Primarily because I have mot completed the one I am working on. I have some time today to work on it and I think I saw the most fabulous piece for the backing. This new quilt shop opened, you see............. glen

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quilt Top Arrived in Oregon

The borders on the flimsy that arrived while I was on vacation are wonderful and go so well with the center block! I have the "perfect" backing fabric, and I know which quilting pattern I'll use (unless I change my mind - that happens a LOT!) to make it special and tie it all together. Honored to be part of this wonderful piece of work... we all did a spectacular job.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My flimsy arrived today from Tami. It looks fabulous. This is going to be a fun one to quilt. I'll let it speak to me for a day or 2 and then get stitching. What fun this has been. I can't wait to see the quilt show when they are all done.

Julie in the barn
Well, it has been sandwiched, quilted and bound and the final finishing is nearly done.  It should head towards home next week.  This has been quite interesting.  I can't wait to see what has become of my center!
I received my "flimsy" today!  And I love it!  It is MY colors!!  So that makes it even more fun to complete....I have it on my design wall to study for a bit to decide how I want to finish it!  Can hardly wait to see what becomes of my original block!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Very, very late, but this is a sneak peek of the second border. It's in the mail to Julie H (sent via USPS Priority). Since we're in the same state it should arrive really soon. Sadly I had no excuses for not getting it done in time. Just a bad case of the blues. I'm hoping that as the weather starts to get nicer that I'll feel more upbeat too.

It's shown in greyscale so that it's not too obvious who's quilt this belongs to. There are 34 large flying geese in the final border preceded by that dark skinny border that separates the small hourglass blocks from the geese.

Updated Update

Okay, I've now heard from everyone and all the tops should be in the mail by today.

My notes now indicate that tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Andra
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W
- Andrew
- Melinda
- Tami

Jay will receive a package from Kristin; Kate will receive a top from Andra; Nan will receive a top from Andrew; Julie H will receive a top from Tami; and Laurina will receive a top from Melinda.  Please check in and let me know when these arrive!



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Where is my flimsy to finish???

I don't mean to be a whiner, but it is nearly May...and I don't have my flimsy to finish up yet...does anyone know anything about where it might be??  Hope it's not lost in the mail somewhere!!!  J

2nd border done

Sorry for the delay.  I finished the second border today, it's all packaged and ready to be mailed.  Will go out Thursday or Friday.

 - Kristin

Updated Mailing Updates

I read through the last couple of weeks of posts, and it sounds like everyone has mailed their finished tops except:
- Andra  (I've heard from her)
- Kristin (I've heard from her)
- Melinda (I've heard from her)
- Tami

If you're on this list but you've already mailed, please let me know.

and tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W
- Andrew
- Melinda

If you're not on this list but you have received a top, please let me know.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

I am a little late but mine should be shipping out in the next day or two.

Finishing up -- reminders

Once you've finished quilting and binding your top, you're free to send it home to its owner. 

BUT -- before you wrap it up, please email me a photo of it!  I want to be able to post a recap of each project with a list of the participants who worked on it.

Please DO NOT post a photo of the finished quilt on this blog.

If you're mailing a finished quilt to Laurina or Sophie, remember that they'll have different addresses than the ones I originally sent you. Feel free to check in if you're not sure about who to mail to or where, and I'll double-check all my original information just to be sure.



Mailing Updates

I read through the last couple of weeks of posts, and it sounds like everyone has mailed their finished tops except:
- Andra  (I've heard from her)
- Kristin (I've heard from her)
- Mary Jane
- Melinda
- Tami

If you're on this list but you've already mailed, please let me know.

and tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W

If you're not on this list but you have received a top, please let me know.



Saturday, April 21, 2012

second border on its way!

I put my completed quilt top in the mail just under the wire on Friday!  It is on its way to Nan.  Here is a close-up of one corner of my border.  Lot's of tiny pieces!!  756 tiny pieces to be exact.  (I really enjoy tedious projects... I'm kinda neurotic that way).  Anyway, I'm a little worried that Nan is gonna hate me.  Since lots of tiny pieces means lots of seams, I'm afraid quilting through my homage to tedium is gonna be a bi...  I mean is going to be difficult.  I hope it isn't too horrible, Nan!  Thanks! -Andrew

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arrived in Nova Scotia

The flimsy has made its way from California to Cape Breton. South to north and west coast to east coast...quite a journey.
I love it, even with the wee wonky touches.
Soon as my Hallowe'en wall hangings are finished, the quilting will begin.

Arrival from England

The top most recently worked on by Kate North has arrived in South Georgia.  Now how to back, quilt and bind.....??????

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another Quilt on Its Way

I kind of tormented myself with the second border of this one.  Andrew's first border is so outstanding that every idea I had seemed to compete with rather than compliment.  Also, as I think I've posted at least twice before, if it had been my quilt, I likely would have stopped with that first fantastic border and called it done.  It just kept screaming "I'm done" to me.

After trying a few things, I settled on adding skinny borders.  I never really thought about it, but I didn't know that the 1/4 inch foot on my Bernina (#57) is exactly a half inch wide ... until I started putting together strip sets with 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch borders. I considered using the Jane Hall (queen of foundation piecing) approach of using a foundation, but settled on the technique of cutting them wider and trimming them to the correct size after each seam and it actually worked well for me.

I wanted my second round to:
  • Float and highlight Andrew's points and continue his skinny white design elements
  • Pull some of the colors from the center to the outer border to make the center pop
  • Reinforce the feeling of a miniature medallion-style quilt
  • Give Melinda some space to create a wonderful quilting design because I know Melinda is capable of some pretty wonderful quilting ;-)
Here's a sneak peek of one corner. Aside from the mini-borders (and the fact that everything matched when I mitered the corners), I'm pretty happy that I was able to find a close match to the blue and black fabric that Andrew used with another fabric in my stash.

I'm off to the post office this afternoon and then tomorrow . . .  off to Santa Fe.  I know I'll hate the drive, but I'm excited like a little kid to be making the trip. Now that I've managed to make the deadline for mailing,  I can pack up my computer and my sewing machine and and start figuring out just how much of the "essentials" will fit in my vehicle for this trip.  I walked into my sewing room today and realized I need to take the April lotto blocks (still on the design wall) with me so I can mail them to the winners at the end of the month (doh!)


I received my package earlier this week.  Haven't opened it yet, I've got to finish the second border and get it in the mail before I even peek at it!

 - Kristin

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It sounds like there might be some confusion about where some of you are mailing. I am out of town until tomorrow so please check to see if the first email I sent matches the last email I sent and I will do the same when I'm back at my computer. Let me know if you think something is amiss! Julie

received & sent

Phew - my 10 days in NY are over +/- a couple days to get back to work/life.

I have the quilt top that Laurina (Sorry if that is spelled wrong) sent from NZ.
& I have mailed my top to Tami in CA, hopefully it does not take the slow boat.

Has my next round been sent?

Hi all - I'm wondering if the person who is sending me the next round has done so yet. I'm travelling and only at this VA address for the week. After that I'm on the road for a month. I am hoping that it will arrive in time so that I can steal some fabric from my Mom's stash and hand quilt while on the go. Otherwise, it may be my mother that does it (FYI, she's a much better hand quilter than I am)!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Got my parcel from Gwen!!

What a fabulous job everyone has done on this one! It is truly amazing. I can't wait to see my own after seeing this one. Gwen, your math was perfect!

When I unfolded it I thought immediately what it needed. And I just happened to see this necessary component when I was cleaning and organizing in a frenzy last week. Now just to find it again ..................

Thank you all for sending me the most wonderful piece to finish up.

Isn't this totally exciting?


Sophie's updates

I owe you all a few updates.
  1. The flimsy from Jay is here and this one is a stunner!  I immediately had some quilting design ideas and can't wait to get started, but first ...
  2. I am putting the finishing on the quilt that next goes to Melinda.   This one was a challenge for me, because Andrew's first border is so wonderful that it really could be finished without a third ... but inspiration finally stuck, just when my life got complicated by a new wrinkle ...
  3. I accepted a 4 month job in Santa Fe, New Mexico about a week ago and have since been, as my mother would say, "running around like a chicken with its head cut off" as I look for a place to live and try to anticipate what furniture, kitchen stuff, sewing projects, etc., I need to take with me for the summer.  
I anticipate that I will finish and mail the quilt with my second border from Austin, before I leave for Santa Fe ... but whomever is finishing my quilt will be getting a Santa Fe, NM address update for me ... as soon as I find a place to live.  It seems there are two types of rentals in Santa Fe: short term vacation rentals (that mostly do not allow pets) and long term rentals with a one year lease.  The quest to find a pet-friendly "medium term" rental  pretty much had me in that state of "paralysis by analysis" last week ... and I still don't know where I'm going to be living.  Eek! Cross your fingers for me.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ready to mail...

So, I had a chance today to work on the piece I received from Kristin. Here's a tiny - and I do mean tiny - sneak peek of a corner of it now - this bit is only a few inches across, so it really doesn't show much at all, though I imagine the owner of the quilt will still recognise it from the rather distinctive feature fabric!

It's off in the post hopefully tomorrow; otherwerise on Monday.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's In The Mail

     I got the little quilt off today.  I meant to get it mailed two days ago, but other things kept getting in the way.  It is a short trip for it though and they told me at the PO that it should arrive on Saturday.  Now, I am looking forward to get my final one to complete and on its way back to the original owner!!

Mailed off to Quaint-ville!

I got to the PO today at the expense of my credit card so the mystery is off to Oregon.

glen: who bought a new yogurt maker while out

Mialing today or tomorrow

And I was at the post office just yesterday too.  Why didn't I think of bringing this package in?  Duh.

For some reason I thought there was another border.  I will have my current piece mailed out today or tomorrow.  It is criss crossing the US to Cottage Grove.

Sounds so quaint, that is just where you'd want your quilt to come from!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Here It Comes...

Sneak peak time, folks... Pleased with myself for hiding the original an quite nice "Center Block". The other two go so well with the center, and so nicely together I couldn't resist the photo.

I was so happy to get my second border finished on this little beauty! I actually finished early and had to wait 'till today to send it off to New Mexico (correct place and all, Julie! No heart attacks on this end this time!!) Anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Cheers everyone.


Are there any rules or suggestions for the finishing up of the flimsies. Machine or hand quilting, or does it matter. All opinions welcomed.

in the mail

No sneak peeks at my second border. The surprise will have to wait. The label is signed and all hit Canada Post at 3:00 PM today. It's going air Mail for a change so it may arrive in Baton Rouge before Christmas. (Just kidding about the Christmas thing)
Can't wait to see the finished works...or should I say creative masterpieces.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A peek of my second border

I sent off my finished second border today to Amy. I managed to get some photos, so here's a sneak peak.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Done and ready to mail...

Here's a sneak peek at my second border...  it will go in the pretty soon email.

Is everyone else about ready to roll?


Monday, April 2, 2012

Border two done with a New Zealand spin

When I read the preferences for my second border, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I admit it was something new, but I had a great time once I got started. I was hoping to post a picture of one corner, but I'm not sure I'll get around to it.

The block had colors that reminded me of a New Zealand bird, the kakariki. So that was my inspiration.

I was going to mail it from the US - I am travelling there on the 16th - but I think I will send it from here a little early (Amy, I hope that's okay). I'd hate to forget to pack it in all the chaos that is sure to be my household on the 16th. Packing for a 3-month trip will be interesting.

Round 2 Done

I finally figured out the border and the fabric and completed it this past weekend.  Won't mail until next week.

Friday, March 30, 2012

second border done!

YAY - The monkey is off my back! No preview pictures this time, but I can tell you that I did an organic curved piecing border.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Second Border Done

I finished the border on my second project. I'll send it off to the finisher today. I confess, it was extremely challenging for me. Completely out of my comfort zone. I sure hope the finisher has some good ideas for it. I would be really stumped.

Julie in the barn

Friday, March 23, 2012


It looks like all robins have arrived at their destinations now!

Gwen's comment about all of the fabric in her stash matching her current project's DO NOT USE list made me laugh. I spent a little time at the beginning trying to route the projects to others who expressed somewhat similar design preferences, but I guess that's hard to do when all you have to go with are a couple of sentences of self-description! Next time I suppose I'll have to tour the country and take a look at everyone's stash -- is that a tax-deductible travel expense?


Gwen - arrived

Hi all,
My quilt topper has finally arrived. I looked at the preferences and realized that almost every piece of fabric in my stash matches one the the topper owner's DO NOT USE . OMG!!
However, I was almost instantly inspired for the next border,found some "acceptable" fabrics and will have it ready to mail out within the week.
If it is too early, just tell me a best before date and in keeping with Canada Post's records, will mail it one week earlier. That should help it arrive in the correct time frame.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wayward package has arrived

My hubby sent me a message this morning from the house - the package I was waiting for has arrived. I can't wait to get home and have a look. I realise I live on the opposite side of the world, but it rarely takes so long for mail to arrive. I'm very happy we didn't lose all the hard work that has been done so far.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I finally figure out what to do & purchased the fabric with which to do it! Now to actually - do it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Received 1st border

Just a quick note to say that I received the 1st border/center block this morning. Now I have to figure out what I want to add to it. Hmm. I'm thinking that a bit of applique would be nice.

Tuesday Update

The package that might have been sent to the wrong place wasn't, after all -- yippee! Somebody's just trying to test my blood pressure, I guess.

I do need to hear from Gwen -- please answer my emails!

And Laurina -- have you received your package yet?



Got it!

I got the block in the mail this last weekend. Sorry for the delay in posting, it has been a less than stellar week. Its a beautiful block! I hope I can do it justice!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stolen Quilts

I just read an article on Facebook from Karen Combs and since I know some of this group are from Texas too I thought you might be interested and helpful if you knew her predicament.   Just go to her website and you will be able to read about it.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

the current round - please read!

I've been doing some checking around to make sure that all of the center-block-with-one-border packages are being sent and received, and I've heard from most of you. Please remember to either post here or email me when you receive or send a package.

It appears that one might have been sent to the wrong person, so I'm working on getting that re-directed.  I allowed a little extra time in each round for this sort of thing!

Please DO NOT mail the current round (with two borders) until sometime between April 10 and April 20.   Before April 10, I will send everyone a reminder of where to mail the next package.

Thanks -- have fun! and let me know if you have questions along the way.


Just finished

I have the second border finished and I am very pleased with it!!  I hope the original owner will like it as well...I can mail anytime...or hold it whichever  we should do.  Can't wait for the final mailing and reveal!!!!

My next package has (apparently) been here for a while ...

The mailman that delivers at my apartment almost NEVER leaves a note when I have a package.  If I'm lucky and know something's coming, I can start tracking it down, it is sometimes at the property manager's office. sometimes at the post office, sometimes returned to sender.  

When Julie emailed me yesterday and let me know that a quilt had been sent to me TWO WEEKS ago, I suspected it had happened again.  I went to bed hoping I didn't have to race around town looking for it.  Because SXSW--a huge Music/film/interactive/education event--has taken over Austin and it's currently impossible to "race" anywhere and all travel pretty much crawls.

I have the quilt.  Border number one on this piece is so amazing, what should follow is not at all obvious ... I wish the mailman hadn't robbed me of those two weeks--I could have used the time to just think and play.

Friday, March 16, 2012

I got a package from Melinda today. Now for round 3!

Swap mama - I don't know who to send it to for round 4/finishing...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Royal Mail Received

What fun to get a package from the United Kingdom. My hubby was all excited when he went out to the mail box in the pouring rain and discovered it. He said it made the slog through the wet worthwhile. I could hardly wait to open it and find the treasure inside. And it is a treasure indeed. Oh My! This is going to be a challenge. Julie in the Barn

1st border sent

I've tweaked the colors and hidden the original center block, but here's a bit of a teaser for the border which was mailed out yesterday. I had a bit of a delay because my grandpa was in the hospital so we were out of town visiting him. Fortunately he's feeling much better and is back home again. Thanks Julie for letting my 1st border recipient know about the hold-up.