Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Better late than never...THE BIG REVEAL!

Well, all of the little quilts have found their way home. There have been a few lost, found, and returned to sender, but all are safe and sound. What a journey this has been for all of us. Believe it or not, even with some frustrations, I have enjoyed the process. It is such a huge reward seeing all of your hard work and creativity come to fruition in this amazing collection of little quilts. I am truly proud to have helped bring this all together.

Thanks to each one of you for joining in this year.

Allison started with a little piggy going to market.

And after Glen, Marie, and Marie again (after a U-turn in New Zealand), this little piggy went wee, wee, wee, all the way home.

Christa made a cute running chicken.

A photo finish by Allison, Liz, and Traceyann.

This was Cindy's striking block.

And a graphic finish by Diana, Laurina, and Julie.

Clare started with a simple pinwheel.

Kate, Rachel, and Mary finished it off beautifully.

A lovely songbird by Diana.

Nan, Terry, and Clare created a picture-perfect home for it to perch.

Glen's fun fish needed a home.

Christa, Traceyann, and Peggy created an underwater world for it.

Julie started with this block incorporating some boldly patterned fabric.

Liz, Tish, and Terry made this bright little quilt with a bead fringe edge.

An abstract starting block from Kate.

And the bright colorful quilt by Julie, Allison, and Christa.

Some appliqued curves by Laurina.

Clare, Nan, and Liz made an elegant little quilt.

Liz started with these scrappy flying geese.

Mary, Glen, and Kate created a fun basket quilt.

Marie's co-ordinated equilateral triangles.

And the great finish by Traceyann, Julie, and Glen.

One of two little houses, this one by Mary.

Some appropriate landscaping done by Marie, Christa, and Terri.

Nan's two-color 9-patch star.

The sweet little piece by Terri, Peggy, and Tish.

Our second house by Peggy.

And a modern graphic finish by Cindy, Mary, and Marie.

Rachel's beautifully hand embroidered block.

The creative and colorful finished quilt by Terry, Terri, and Nan.

Terry's autumnal center block.

Laurina, Cindy, and Allison made a graphic quilt.

A few skulls from Terry.

And a festive finish by Peggy, Clare, and Cindy.

Tish started with a bright diamond.

Rachel, Kate (after a full round trip and back to the UK), and Diana created this great quilt.

Traceyann started with a small minimalist block.

And last (but not least) this amazing finish by Tish, Diana, and Rachel.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Home Sweet Home

My little piggy finally made it all the way home and we are ready for the big reveal. Thank you so much to everyone that worked on it and everyone else's patience. I have named my pig Gulliver in honor of his travels.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Thanks for your patience

The last finished quilt is on its way home and we should be seeing the reveal in a few days. A special thanks to Marie for stepping in and quilting Allison's quilt after it made the long trip to New Zealand and then back again without ever being delivered to me. We had 2 similar experiences this time round and as far as I can tell neither incident was the fault of any of our lovely Cotton Robin quilters - just back luck, I guess.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Festival of Quilts in UK

I will be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England in a couple of weeks.  Anyone else going?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The big reveal ... not quite yet

Hi everyone - as far as I know all of the quilts have made it home except one. An unfortunate "return to sender" has delayed Allison's quilt on it's final round (second one this year). I hope that this will be remedied soon.

If anyone besides Allison does not have their final quilt, please let me know.

I will be travelling for 2 weeks and I hope that we will be ready to share all of the finishes when I get back. Thanks to everyone for the great work that you've done this year and thanks for being patient and waiting just a little bit longer...

Friday, June 28, 2019

What!?! My house has arrived home!

Oh my goodness! The cutest little quilt has arrived home! I love it.
Marie the red birds above the house and wow! that's some tiny piecing!
Christa, those trees were a stroke of genius. They fit in so well that I had to take another look to realize that I had put one in to begin with!
Terri, the quilting is adorable. I love the sheep in the clouds...I get it--counting sheep! Let's see, I've found flowers, an electrical wire above the house (is that not against code?), snakes in the grass, windows in that orange door, a CAT in the corner of the house with the shingled roof and plank walls.

We ought to be close!

I can feel it in my bones!

I can’t wait to see where some of my ideas ended up.


Finished quilt received from Liz

My little quilt arrived home this week. Thanks to everyone who had a part it making it so special.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Its home!!

My pretty little quilt has made it home!!!  I love it!!!  The quilting is especially beautiful!!!   Thank you everyone who worked on it and Thank you Laurina for all your hard work organizing this fun headache!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, June 24, 2019

It's On Its Way...

Hi Mary M, I mailed your finished block today. The PO says 3 days until it gets there. I'm sorry it took me so long to get it to you and I hope you enjoy the quilting. I had a lot of fun finding motifs and adding little surprises in the quilting. The hardest one to find is the cat. I think I'm the only one who can tell what it is and that's only because I put it there!

Recieved My Quilt from Allison

I'm not sure who worked on my quilt block, but I know that Allison was the final person and she sent me the finished quilt.

I was so excited to find my quilt in the mailbox the other day. It was wonderful. I loved how everyone carried out the colors and details of my block into the borders. I love the quilting. I am working hard at my quilting motifs, and I loved see the ones used on my quilt. Thank you to the lovely ladies who worked on it and gave me such a nice finished piece!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Cotton Robin

Received fantastic quilt from Diana Glasspool.  Love it love it love it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Back Home!

My wee block arrived home this week transformed!  Thank you Tish, Diana and Rachel for your lovely work.  The way you all worked with the minimal block is fascinating.  The quilting is stupendous!

Traceyann  :-)


Christa, my quilt arrived yesterday in the post and its a lovely piece. After some discussion about which way was up (the kinda-like-a-rainbow way or the kinda-like-the-millennium-falcon way) , it's now hanging in my hallway. (The question over orientation is entirely my own fault for sending asking such an abstract starting piece...) thanks so much to all who worked on it.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Welcome home!

Marie , my Cotton Robin baby arrived today and it is so fabulous! Thanks to the wonderful team who worked on my quilt. Peggy❤️

Going out again

Terri's quilt came back to me this morning so I went to mail it again. It seems the zip code I had was wrong. Thanks to google, I should have the right one now. I put it in express so it should get to you by Thursday Terri.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Status update - finished quilts

Most of the finished quilts have already made it home or are on their way. A few are running late for one reason or another. Please let me know if I don't have the latest information.

  • One quilt is temporarily missing (I suspect it's taken the slow boat) - I am still waiting for the last round to quilt from Marie for Allison
  • One quilt is being sent late from Christa to Kate - Christa will be close by to Kate in the UK and it made sense to wait to mail it locally
  • One quilt is running late and should be sent by Nan to Rachel soon
  • One quilt I do not have a status on - this is from Terri to Mary
  • Eight quilts have arrived safely home
  • Seven more are in transit - please let me know when you receive yours Terri, Tish, Marie, Peggy, Traceyann, Christa, (& me)

The big reveal will definitely be late - I will keep you all posted on updates.

Received my WH

I received my wall hanging from Texas.  It is so perfect. I love the embellishments.  Thank you Cotton Robin quilters.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Poetry - needs a litte work, but you get it


Little quilts in the mail
Some by air, some by sail.

Speed your way
Through night and day.

Because we are all hopin'
To have a package to open!

Then without fail
Laurina will unveil

The best quilts ever done
To each and every one!

(taking a bow) I just thought that up!

Quilt for Laurina

I posted your quilt today. They said it would take a couple of weeks to arrive. Sorry it's late...

Home again

Clare gave me my quilt last week, I love it and thank you to all who worked on it.
Cannot wait to see all the finished quilts.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Finally Sent!!

I've been carrying this little quilt around for days (had to do show and tell at my quilt guild) and I finally got it in the mail.  Sorry, Traceyann, but it should be there in a week!!!  You almost didnt get it at all cause I really liked it!!!  Hope you do too!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Received My Quilt Today

Peggy, thank you so much for the letter.  You are so right, it has been a week of disappointing things.  Shingles, cancelling my surgery, dealing with the intense pain.

I can definitely say, this little quilt is the most perfect high point, and much needed spot of joy!

I even think this is the best of the best of the best one I ever received!!!!!

Thanks to all who worked on my piece, everything came together so perfectly!!!

I can’t wait for you to see it!!!

Still hurting, but better today!  I have only taken half the pain pills so far today.  Every step forward!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Coming and Going...

About a week ago I got my tiny quilt from Tish. Since I wasn’t home, and won’t be home until Saturday, my daughter opened it for me. She said it is beautiful and “It is just so YOU, Mom! You are going to love it!” She knows me pretty well, so thank you to everyone who worked on my quilt. I can’t wait to see it!
Rachel’s quilt will be in the mail to her as soon as I can get the binding on it.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Mailed final quilt to Glen!

Glen, I mailed your finished mini quilt to you this morning so be on the lookout ๐Ÿ‘€ for it to arrive this week! Peggy in SC

Received from Kate

and it’s beautiful.  Thanks everyone.

I’m almost finished with the binding on my little gem. I’ll be sending in the mail today or tomorrow.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

It arrived!

My little quilt arrived yesterday!  It's beautiful!  Thank you to all who contributed.  I love it.

On it's way

Terry Fischer - your quilt will be mailed and on it's way to you tomorrow.

Friday, June 7, 2019

have given Diana the finished block yesterday   Clare

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Package on it's way to Christa

Christa,  your finished quilt is winging it's way to you.  Should be there within 5-10 business days!

Traceyann  :-)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Modern Robin

Some years ago, at least 3 or 4 because it was before the flood, I organized a Modern Robin in
The Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild. My first block was the shoes and part of the dress.  To make it work I changed some of the timeframes and added a month and another round. Renee did the embellishment and quilting on mine
and saw Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. So she added the yellow brick road!

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Cotton Robin

Mailed finished quilt to Nan today. Estimated travel - 3 days. 
--Posted by Tish--
Dear Mary The quilt arrived safely last week while I was away on holiday you have put a lot of work into the quilting and it looks fantastic.Clare

Friday, May 31, 2019

Check in

It looks like all of the quilts have made it to their last quilter, except for me. I am patiently waiting for the quilt top to arrive for me to quilt.

So far, I have received photos of six of the finished quilts. Five are on their way home and one will be heading home soon. There's a great variety so far and I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the fantastic finishes. Remember that you can send on the quilt as soon as you have finished the quilting and binding. The deadline is June 13, but I know a few will be late because people are on holiday or quilts were lost (and then found) along the way. Please don't forget to send me a photo before you send it to its final destination.

Being the organizer this year means that I get a sneak peak at all of the quilts - lucky me!

Well travelled

The well travelled block has arrived, hope to work on it today or/and tomorrow.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

WH finished and mailed

Julie, your completed WH and was mailed from Hayward, CA. You should receive it soon. Hope you like the little guy.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Huge Thank You & Plus quilt top to finish has arrived!

Just back from Vacation and received Happy Mail.

Received the cutest little quilt top to finish from Mary.

Also received my Finished Quilt from Glen!
Love, love, love it!!

Thank you to Traceyann, Julie & Glen for your wonderful work!!

Can’t wait to see how they gave all turned out!
Off to my sewing room...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Most Exciting Times!

this is the second moment in time I love about this Project. Waiting for the rounds to be finished up and mailed, waiting for mine to appear at my door.  Anticipation!

my most favorite time is when I get that first block, raw and untouched.  I get to take the first step in its new direction!

What is your favorite time?

Thanks for playing everyone!  Can’t wait to see my finished quilt!


Mailing to Liz

It's been a productive few days in my house and I've now quilted and (nearly) bound your quilt, Liz.  I'll finish the binding up tonight, then it's off to the post office tomorrow to get it started on its way back to you - hopefully it will NOT wander unncessarily. Laurina, I'll photograph it once the binding is finished and email you once I've done that...

Mailing to Diana

Ok, Diana - I've worked on the wandering block and it will be heading your way tomorrow (post office closed today of course for the bank holiday).  Be on the lookout!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dear Clare, It's coming, maybe...

It was looking rather dicey for a moment this morning when the local post office wanted to ship priority mail. But another office was able to find a way around $71 priority. Apparently small post offices aren't equipped the same as their larger counterparts.

Nevertheless, it's off! It may take a few extra days or a year (I jest, I hope!) but it's out of my hands, and I have a tracking number that's good till the package leaves U.S. soil. Hahaha, country life in South Louisiana!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Received from Rachel

After taking a long trip to who knows where before heading back to Rachel, the missing block with one border, to which I need to add another border has arrived today back from Rachel. Yay!  I may not have time to work on it this weekend (I may) but luckily, I have a week off work next week, so I do hope to get to it. I haven't started quilting my block-with-two-borders yet, so I'm going to leapfrog this one over that one, so it can go to the last person as quickly as possible.  Who knows, if I have a good week (and perhaps if the weather isn't gorgeous, tempting me to be outside all the time) I will even get BOTH pieces finished up. I obviously won't get it to the next person before the 9th of May (unless I also spend the week inventing time travel), but I will do my best to get to it within two weeks of receipt. Just really glad it isn't lost!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Marie, Your Lucky Day

I mailed the package off to you just now.  The nice postman said it would be Monday or Tuesday at your doorstep.

I had to swear there was nothing flammable in it, although it is really smokin hot!

Please let me know when you receive it.

I hope you love it, I do!

glen in Louisiana

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Received with addendum

The last round mini arrived today.  I will have fun with this!  
Thank you Liz for the way you addressed the envelope!  It made me smile and made my day brighter.

Traceyann  :-)


The last round mini arrived today.  I will have fun with this!  
Thank you Liz for the way you addressed the envelope!  It made me smile and made my day brighter :-)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Quiltlet received

I need to decide how I want to finish this top.

The prodigal block is found!!!

The block with the first border that I sent to Kate in the UK about a month and a half ago,  which has been missing ever since, was returned to me in the mail Saturday!๐Ÿ™  So I have resent the block and it should be there in a week!!๐Ÿคž I hope this doesnt cramp anybody's style or creative flow to catch up!!!!  I remember the lost block drama we had a few years ago, but its kind of agonizing when its you that mailed it!! Anyway, have fun Kate (for real this time, I hope!!!)!!!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

It's on it's way

Hi Nan, I sent your block off yesterday. Hopefully it will reach you by Monday or Tuesday. I'm sorry for sending it late and hope that it didn't cause you any undue problems.
Terri B.

Late Thank You

Hi Christa, The block got here before the deadline! It's looking very sweet. I really like the border you did. Now on to figure out how to quilt it!
Terri B

Dear Marie... with apologies

The second round block is on its way to you.
My apologies that it's late. Hope you enjoy,

New Hampshire to New Zealand

This little quilt top is finished & fun! 
On it's way to you Laurina!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

It it yours???

I recently inherited a vast number of vintage and antique buttons.  As I was quilting my project, it kept nudging toward that bucket of buttons.

It didn’t take me long to find the most amazing buttons that matched the colors perfectly!

Buttons used to be so incredible.  Have you ever noticed that?  We have such boring buttons these days.

I am sure the recipient will enjoy sharing part of my inheritance with me.

I’ll let y’all know when I can mail it off!

Who wants it????

New Zealand to California -- arrived

Laurina, your package arrived today, and all I can say is "WOW!"  -- what a great quilt top.


On it's Way and Received

The final round should get to Christa tomorrow (Friday) and I have the one from Cindy to work on.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hi   Terry
Your fabric block arrived safe and sound today   Clare

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Update on this round

Most of the quilts are in transit or have been received by the next quilter. A few are late so I just wanted to post an update so everyone knows what's happening with theirs.

  • Allison to Christa - I have not heard if this has been sent or received, please let me know.
  • Kate to Diana - Kate has still not received the previous round. I will need to work out what to do about this one.
  • Marie to Laurina - running late.
  • Mary to Marie - running late.
  • Terri to Nan - running late.

If you have received yours and have not posted about it, please do. For those that are late, make sure you post on the blog when you send it. Thanks.

For those of you who have received yours and are working on the final round of layering, quilting, and binding: you can send the finished quilt as soon as you finish them. Please make sure that you take a photo before you send your finished quilt back home and email me the photo.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Dear Rachael... oh wow!

I already have an idea or two.
It's just going to have to sit and percolate in the queue so I can get my (late) block out before quilting this one.
Love it!

In the mail to Tracyann

I didn’t realize this round was going to Canada.  Sorry Tracyann.  The post office said it would be next week for arrival.  It may be a few days later than the ninth.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Furiously Working Away

Hi Nan,
I was hoping to get the block done last week. Then I wanted to get the block done on Monday. Then I wanted to get it done on Tuesday...you see the pattern. I wasn't goofing off either. I was working on the block hours every day. I had to look up block patterns and then make samples to make sure they were right. I am a slow quilter, period. Monday will be the day! Mailing from California, I hope it will be there on the 9th.
Terri B.

Recieved and Sent!!!

Finished my block with 2 borders and sent it on to Mary in Louisiana! Have Fun!!!
And my block to quilt was recieved from Diana.  I sure made it in good time!!!

Friday, May 3, 2019

The last round - layering, quilting, & binding

With most of the quilts heading off to the last round I thought it was time to talk about quilting. As usual, I will say the same thing that I have for all of the rounds - the Cotton Robin is a great opportunity to try something new. The small quilt size means that you can hand or machine quilt without much trouble because it's easy maneuver and turn.

With a small quilt, everything should scale down, and the quilting should enhance the work that has been done. Try to think of your quilting as something beyond just holding the layers together. I've read more than a few books on machine quilting and one of my favorites was called "Quilting Makes the Quilt" by Lee Cleland. She quilts a series of quilt pairs in 2 different ways. It shows how much the quilting can change the look of a piece. I confess, I don't like all of the quilts in the book, but the ideas in it have stuck with me. The title itself suggests that without the quilting, you don't have a quilt.

Quilting on Andrea's quilt, 2018

I struggled trying to work out the quilting for this one last year. I wanted to keep the simplicity of the center embroidered block and echo the playfulness of the cats. Here is a close up that shows the little balls of yarn I created for everyone to play with. One thing I like to do is take a photo of the quilt and then print multiple copies. I hand draw some quilting ideas either directly on the paper with a pen or sometimes on tracing paper with a pencil. It's a good way to see if your ideas are actually going to work.

Close up of quilting

As I look back on some of the quilting I've done for the Cotton Robin, I might try something different with that same quilt today. But, the one thing I've learned with my quilting is that you have to commit and follow through. Pulling out free-motion machine quilting is almost impossible (trust me, I've done it). Go back through the reveals from previous years (usually in June or July) and get some inspiration - there is some fantastic quilting to admire.

Finally, the binding, which is the last opportunity to add some personality to the finished piece. In Andrea's quilt above I chose a bright blue that appeared a few times in the print and on one of the cat collars. Red was the obvious first choice, but I think the blue looks great. One of my favorite quilts over the years was this one for Allison. The quilting was all straight-line but I added a 4-color binding to extend the colors from the center out to the edges.

Quilting on Allison's quilt, 2017

I can't believe this year's Cotton Robin is coming near the end. It's been quite an adventure.

On it's way

My husband is on the way to the postoffice right now (for the second time today ... looks like things get accomplished). It's the center with two borders to Terri in CA. I should be within the deadline. Always trying hard.

Hope I will get the quilting project soon because I will leave on a trip before the end of May and certainly would like to mail it off before. The quilting part is always my most difficult. Still, I am looking forward to it. Love the Cotton Robin!

Final border

Allison, I'll get the final block to you at the meeting Tuesday!  Hope to see you there.

Final block received

Clare, I received the block today.  Thank you so much for having it to me on time.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Next round on its way to Julie

A little later than I planned, but it is finally heading to Julie in CA. Should be there in a week, I hope. - Laurina -

Block with two borders

Yesterday I mailed the block to Clare in Australia.  Postage was $14.25 and the postal clerk could not tell me when it would arrive.

I also received the pkg. From Tish to finish and mail to it's owner.
Laurina, I see you posted i received a block from you.  I have not.  I think you must be thinking of the one I received from Nan.  That is the one I mailed to Clare.
Received Center Block with 2 borders today from Peggy B.
Also.  Mailed my block to Terry F a while back and she let me know that she received it.

- from TISH

Round Robin updates

Received Center Block with 2 borders today from Peggy B.
Also.  Mailed my block to Terry F a while back and she let me know that she received it.

- from TISH

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On It’s Way, Liz!

I posted the block with two borders to you today, Liz. No fainting couch needed, though if anybody has a spare I think it would look beautiful in my soon to be useable craft room. I loved making the border for this one, and can’t wait to see how it finished up!
Nan in Oregon

My apologies to Marie

I should have completed and sent off my second round, but we've experienced all sorts of heartache. Firstly, my father-in-law passed after a difficult month of suffering. Then I developed a GI bleed, had 10 days of testing and surgery. I don't expect to be recovered enough to get any sewing done for another week or so. I promise to keep it on the top of the list and get it out to you asap.
Again, I'm truly sorry for delaying you.

Block + 2 borders sent today

Tish, I just mailed the block with 2 borders to you today!

Top received from Glen (ready to quilt)

Received the top safely today Glen, with your note. I'll have to think what I want to do with it, but I'm sure something will come to me!

Monday, April 29, 2019

glen to Julie - Units Recieved

Sound like something one would hear on the space station airwave!

Arrived today!  Love it!

My person will be excited to see it come home!

Thank for the note, too!

glen in LA. ( Louisiana not Los Angeles!)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hi Cindy  I posted your block yesterday and it should be on its way to you over the atlantic


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Off to Baton Rouge!

Heads up, Glen!  My center-with-2-borders went in the mail to you today.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Round three headed to Kate

Oh, Diana.....I wanted to be first! LOL

I knew my package had to cross the ocean to get to Kate so I mailed it today.  Cost me an arm and a leg, I will be taking out a second mortgage tomorrow.

I went a totally different way, Mary. You are going to be SHOCKED, I’m telling ya!

But it’s gonna be cool!  Wait for it Kate!


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Third round posted

I posted the third round block to Rachel Garibay a few days ago [ to miss the Easter rush] hope it arrives safely.  Happy Easter  Diana in England UK

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Block arrived today

The block plus one border arrived today from Terri B.

Second Borders

We have had a few bumps in the road getting all of the blocks with their first borders off to the next quiters. Some have been temporarily lost and then found, others were sent late, and some are just taking their sweet time getting to their destination.

If like me, you have already started your second border - that's great. I thought I'd do a post about second borders as the next post about guidelines for the Cotton Robin.

The second border is my favorite round. I think this is because it's about balancing what the first two quilters have already done. Your goal should be to create a cohesive piece where each quilter's work is clearly visible but the entire quilt is nicely balanced. Of course, everyone sees things differently, so I might think it needs more green and someone else might think that more red is the way to go. Either way, it's a lot of fun to do.

All of the "rules" I laid out for the center & first border still apply (go to Guidelines to review these). The only new guideline for the second border is the finished size. Officially, this is 20 x 20 inches. I confess that I sometimes go a bit over this (I have this time) - I think 24" square is too big but 21" or 22" is probably okay. This limitation is mainly to keep the finished quilts small enough so that they are easily mailed to the original owner after they are quilted.

This is a second border that I added in 2017. The original center reminded me of fields from the air and I imagined one of them being full of sunflowers. I really enjoyed doing this one but those tiny Dresden plate petals were a bit tricky!

Border added to Traceyann's center, 2017

Here's another second border, this one from 2015. I took a very different approach to this one. To my eye, there was already a lot going on with the center and first border and I felt like it needed some space in the second border. I did some very small log cabin blocks in the corners to reference the center piecing and added a few colored strips to the sides. This is probably the most minimal that I would do and hoped that the final quilter would take advantage of the free space for some feature quilting (which she did).

Finished quilt with border added to Catherine's center, 2015

As usual, the most important part is to have fun adding to the quilt. Looking forward to seeing what you all do.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Received from Nan

Hi Nan, I received your block.  Luckily, the place we had our mail going to while we moving held it for me. I am ready to add round two.  I like what you added.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Hi, Everyone. Drama Queen (not in a good way) here...
I have not died, nor have I been abducted by aliens. Just brainless, as usual. I have sent Terry an eMail telling her , and Laurina, that I sent the block-with-one-border to her. Used the incorrect address, so some research will have to happen into its whereabouts. Working on it.
I received my block-with-one-border, Laurina; I need to tell Claire the block got here too.
Nan in Oregon

Friday, April 12, 2019

1st Border Recieved!!!

Kate, I received the first border!!  I think/hope yours should get there soon!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Block Not Received

Hi Nann /Laurina
I have not received a pkg yet. 
my new address is 7577 Whistlestop Way, Roseville, CA. 95747.  Is that where it was mailed to.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Block received

Howdy, I received the block plus one border from Traceyann in Canada today! Boy has she put a challenge for n front of me!

Roll Call

Hi everyone - Many of you have posted that you have sent and received your center plus first border (thank you).

I have not heard from the following:

  • NAN - sent to Terry or received from Clare (sent 2+ weeks ago)?
  • MARIE - received from Glen (sent 2 weeks ago)?
  • RACHEL - received from Kate (sent 1 week ago)?
  • CINDY - received from Clare (sent 2+ weeks ago)?
  • TERRY - received from Nan (I do not have confirmation that it has been sent yet)?
  • KATE - received from Rachel (sent 1+ weeks ago)?
  • PEGGY - received from Terri (sent 1+ weeks ago)?

A few of these are travelling internationally, so they might still be in transit, but any between US locations should have arrived already. If you have any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to let me know.



There was mail from Marie in New Hampshire in my mailbox yesterday. It's a center with the first border. Oh, what to do. The answer: putting it on the design wall and think about it. Love the creative process.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Block Received

Thanks to Terry from Terri! I got your block safe and sound. And isn't it pretty?

Peggy B

Hi, Peggy! I'm running very late in getting your block to you. Things have been in a big mix-up here with lots of medical testing for me and last week my dog had surgery. I'll get this done and off to you by Thursday. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

First borders sent and received

I have heard from all but one quilter that the quilts with their first borders have been sent.

Nine of them have arrived at their destinations safe and sound. If you have received yours and not posted yet, please do. You can also comment on this post to let everyone know that you have received yours.

I have finished designing my second border, although I've had to rework it several times when I realized that things I thought were the same size were not. I should have measured, and not assumed (will I ever learn) - 1/4" can make quite a difference. Luckily, this was discovered in my "planning phase" and I think I've got it figured out. I hope to do a test this afternoon to confirm that it will work - if not, it's back to the drawing board for me!

Here's a peek at a part of the border design in B & W.

Friday, April 5, 2019


Any news yet?  I am thinking you should have received my block already......

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Terri, I mailed the block to you yesterday.  I apologize for being late.  We moved for the first time in 20 years and the quickly room was the last room to get unpacked.  It is only 1/2 done now, but I was able to get a first round on.  It is only coming from Roseville, CA.  I was sure relieved when I checked who i was to mail it too.  I was afraid it might be Australia.  Happy Quilting.

Center + 1 arrived

I really thought I'd posted this.
I can't remember who sent it, and can't check because I'm parent-sitting and not home. However, I have a sweet block on the design wall for contemplation/percolation/inspiration. Ha, at least my muse is has me saying the right words.
Loving those dots :-)
Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hi Peggy

received your block today quite colourful


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

On the way to Rachel

Just to say I have mailed my centre-block-with-one-border to you today, Rachel.  I do apologise for the fact that it's going to be late - this is entirely due to me being a numpty:  Despite having made a very clear mental note that the dates in the email were receive-by dates and not mail-by dates, I was still thinking I had to mail by April 4th, not have it get there by then.  Hopefully it will speed off to you and not be much later than the 4th.

I promise to be better on the next round!

Round 2 received

Round Two received from Tish Fisackerly in the USA, now to decide on the next border.
Diana in sunny England UK.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Round two in the mail

Round two is on it's way to Peggy.  This one was cool!  Knew exactly what I wanted to do when I opened the package.

Here's a wee sneak peak:


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Clare, I mailed the block with it’s forty border to you yesterday. Peggy

Friday, March 29, 2019


All this receiving and sending!

Package mailed

My package went in the mail to Allison today

Sent from my iPhone -- please excuse the inevitable typos

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Cotton Robin

Received block from Liz F today. Thanks.

First Round sent!!!

Be on the lookout, Kate......Its on your way to the UK!!!! Cant wait to see what it becomes!! Have fun!!!

Received block

From Allison. Cute!!!

Sealing envelopes

One of the quilts arrived with the envelope unsealed. Luckily, the contents were well wrapped and there was no damage done. For those of you who still need to send yours out, and for the next rounds, can you please tape the envelope shut.

My experience is that the "new" sealing methods (the ones you don't have to wet to seal) are less reliable, especially if the envelope has been sitting around for a while. A bit of tape along the edge and on the corners will help a lot.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Headed North

The next challenger is headed your way Liz.

Recieved My Next Round!

Mary, it got here today......and yes, you did do it justice!  I love that little dog print!!!

This one will be amazing.

And Maria....I forgot to bring my package to mail for the second straight day.  Lordy, maybe tomorrow?

Geez........I went out for the Modern Art Class and went right by the post office!

Oh well, I can use a trip to the plant store...right?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Movin’ On

I just finished my phenomenal round and will get it mailed out to Marie in NH.   I will tease you with this bit.

When I looked at the photo I thought it was shimmering underwater๐Ÿ๐Ÿ›ณ. Must be because I have been recently returned from the Caribbean!


On it's way

Mary,  your next block is on its way.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Tish the block is on its way to you!

Have fun with it. I went in one direction and towards the end the block said "Hey" and I listened. Hugs

Glen, round 2 coming to you

I know I could have handed it over to you but my fear of forgetting overcame my frugal ways.  Look for it this week.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Centre plus first border on it's way

Julie - I am mailing the mini to you tomorrow.  You should receive it within 10 days.  

Traceyann :-)

Center + border on its way to Cindy

Cindy – I dropped the quilt into the post office this morning. You should receive it in about 2 weeks. --Laurina

My Favorite Robin Quilt

Just returned home from the Caribbean and realized that I needed to finish up on my block and get it mailed off.  OOPS!

I guess I should have done that BEFORE I left, right?  Let me wash some of this dirty laundry and I will get working on the Cotton Robin!

Let me tell you about one of my favorite pieces from Cotton Robin.  I have loved them all, however, don't get me wrong.  There really is no hard and fast favorite.

The year was 2017...….

Our house in Baton Rouge had flooded the previous August and we lost practically everything.  We aren't even in a flood zone!

We were living in a 20 foot camper with three Basset Hounds with no heat or fridge and no sewer connections.  It does get into the 20's at night over the winter here!  

When Julie sent out the announcement in January about sending in blocks, I posted that I couldn't participate because I had no sewing machine or quilt stuff.  Julie jumped in and said, nope, we will start one for you.    

I never knew what it looked like.  As the initial blocks were posted, I thought it could be one of several.  But I never knew for sure.

As the rounds made it through, I borrowed fabric and machines from friends and sewed my rounds to send out.

When my little quilt came home, I just sat and cried.  Julie had built me a house, high on a ridge that wouldn't flood.  

I will always treasure the kindness so many people showed us during the recovery period after the flood.  We had never been so helpless and lost before in our 45 years of marriage.  We were always the ones who helped others.  (We both been on the Board of the largest dog/cat rescue group in our area for 25 years.)

But here we are, on the other side.  And while we have new stuff, there are some things that really stand out to me that came from simple kindnesses. 

Thank you Julie, for keeping me in!