Tuesday, January 22, 2013

you've got mail!

All of the center blocks went to the post office this morning.  Please let me know when yours arrives...



Friday, January 18, 2013

hail, hail, the gang's all here!

The last of the center blocks arrived in today's mail!  I will get them sorted and packaged up with instructions for the rest of the "journey" and in the mail early next week.

In the meantime, to whet your appetites, here are mugshots of all the centers.  (If I were a perfect hostess I would have ironed them, but...)


Thursday, January 17, 2013


I'm just waiting for one more center block, which is coming from someone pretty close by and should be here tomorrow.  Then I'll post pictures of all the blocks!

Some of you have included notes and/or labels with your names on them, so I'm not going to make a huge fuss about anonymity this time -- but I still want to keep the progress photos discreet (if you choose to post them) so that the final quilt is a surprise to the owner.

Just a few other little notes/hints based on observations from last year:
  • take a second look to make sure your border is sewn on the way you meant it to be... if it's a checkerboard, did you get the squares in the right order? if it's pictorial, did you attach it right side up?  (and if you receive a project to work on and think there's something wrong about it, please ask instead of just plunging in!)
  • if you add a border with lots of piecing, please end by stitching a row of basting stitches around the edge to that the seams don't all come undone before the next person has to work on it!
  • be mindful that the finished quilts shouldn't end up bigger than about 20" x 20"; if you add a first border that's too big, the second person might not have enough "space" to design a nice border



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mail is trickling in

I now have 9 center blocks out of 18, from Catherine, Glen, Janet, Laurina, Liz, Mary Jane, Sandra, Terry, and me.

If you haven't put yours in the mail to me yet, please send me a comment or an email with your status...



Monday, January 7, 2013

More center blocks...

Today I received centers from Janet and Sandra.  I think Sandra's going to win the prize for "most tape on the package"! 

And... I made my own center block yesterday


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Robin update

The tall redwood tree across the street from me was full of robins yesterday morning -- in the sunlight, all I could see was red, and I had to pull out the binoculars to make sure they were robins and not cardinals... of course, we don't have cardinals in California but you never know, right?

I've only received one center block so far, from Mary Jane.  Still working on mine, but at least I've pulled fabric for it.  Please try to get the blocks to me by the 15th.

A quick reminder: if you weren't in the robin last year, or if you've moved since then, please remember to include your mailing address when you send your center block (or shoot me an email)