Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Progress reports?

By now, all of you should have your finished tops in the mail...  if you have not mailed yet, please contact me right away so that I can update the next person in the process.

Many of you have received the finished tops -- if you've received one but not mentioned it, please let me know!



Friday, April 26, 2013

Second Border Sent and Received

The second border has been mailed off to Liz ... this is just a sneak peek of two parts of the border I added. I decided to go with some 3D action. I wonder how it'll turn out?

In the meantime I received my flimsy and will head to the drawing board for some quilting inspiration. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

And in Other News....

This one is from me:

I mailed off my package this week to Merry Old England to Kate.  (I think she is the Princess!)

And I did receive my piece to work on and will   work on it very soon!

I am excited to get closer to my own coming home!

glen in Louisiana

News from the Great State of Arizona

This is from Anne of Quilting in the Desert:

1.  I received my 3rd quilt and it's beautiful!!

2.  I am shipping my 2nd quilt off to Catherine Jarett on Wednesday.  I can't wait to see a picture of it when it's all finished!  

3.  What fun this had been and how sorry I am that the Cotton Robin is over so soon.  :)  Can't we do another one, like really soon?  :)

I'm so glad I got to participate in this, it's been a very interesting journey for me.  :) 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A comedy of errors ... mine

First the important part of the post.  Here's a hint at what I added as the second round on the quilt I'll be mailing to Jay tomorrow.

Clue for Round 2

This ISN'T the actual border--this is from an old UFO that I used to reverse engineer (and resize and change the corners) for a similar vine that was part of what I added to the Cotton Robin quilt (in an entirely different colorway) ... but you get the idea ;-)

As I mentioned on my blog, I originally thought I could simply put this unquilted wall hanging on my light box and trace it.

It seemed like a good idea ...It seemed like a good idea, but as soon as I turned on the light, it was clear that wasn't going to work.

They are pretty simple–if small and fidgety–blocks, so I was able to draw them in a size that would fit the round robin quilt.

It's been a long time since I had done any paper foundation piecing and mistakes were made, ripped and re-made ...  until I got it right.

At one point it seemed my math was wrong and my borders would be too long.  After a little freak out in my head, I suspended disbelief, kept making blocks  ...  and told myself that if they didn't fit, I'd improvise. After a couple days of sewing and thinking that it wasn't going to work ... it did.  I should have known to trust my math skills ;-)

I had used a polyester foundation paper, Ricky Tim's Stable Stuff Poly, that can be left in the quilt, but after the borders were sewn, then ripped and re-sewn to account for my dyslexic quilter mistakes, I decided to remove it all because of weight of it seemed to do odd things to the little quilt top.

It's all good now ... honest.  I really love this little quilt; I hope the owner likes it too.

UPDATE:  I mailed the quilt onto Jay at noon.  USPS predicts she will have it by the end of the week.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's In the Mail !!!

OK, Anne Greene, Comin' at ya !

So much fun to think a little "outside the box" for this border. I almost never do anything (block-design wise) that isn't very traditional. Looking at the 2013 pictures on the Cotton Robin Blog, Modern Quilts seem to be all the rage with our group. I don't do modern, but I figured out how to make a border that sort of "goes with" the first border. Not really Modern, but I like it.

Nan in Oregon

Monday, April 15, 2013

Second border completed

Actually, I finished it ages ago, but was keeping quiet - I guess I didn't want anyone to feel pressured. Now I feel pressured knowing that it needs to travel thousands of miles and I doubt I can get to the post office until the weekend.

I know the next round is on its way to me, so I'll be watching the letterbox for its arrival.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

round 2 mailed

Here is a totally funked out peak of my border.  
I went to town with the special effects in my photo program! 

I mailed my round 2 to Laurina in NZ on Saturday Apr., 13th!

Sneak peek

Here's a little sneaky peek at my round two offering - this gives nothing away, believe me - the little square is 1/2" wide, so you can see that this is only a teeny tiny portion of the whole...  I mailed this a few days ago to Julie for her to quilt and finish. Will be very interested to see how it looks when totally done!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's about that time...

Happy Spring!   Your center-block-with-two-borders should be finished up and mailed sometime between now and April 25.

Please post here or send me an email when you send your package and when you receive one.



Monday, April 8, 2013

second border done

I have completed my second border and will be sending it out by the end of the week. 
 It is heading out to Australia so I want to be sure that I give the finisher ample time to do her thing!

This one was a challenge but am happy with the outcome!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Round Two

My little piece is ready to be shipped and will go out sometime towards the end of the week.  It will not be before the early mailing deadline.  No sneak peek as any peek will give it away and I am not savvy enough for the photo editing programs.  I would love for this one to come back my way for sure.
Mary Jane

another sneak peek

it took me a while to figure what to add to this piece, but then I had a little flash and it all came together! it will go in the mail to be finished sometime next week.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Finished 2nd Border

     I am mailing out my completed second border tomorrow...so thought I'd give a little teaser post.  I know they aren't due for awhile but thought I'd go ahead and mail as things are going to get a little busy for me in the next few weeks.
Round Robin with all borders!