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 underwater🏝🛳. 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!


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Center + border received from Diana

Happy to see my next round arrive in the mail yesterday. I never get anything in the mailbox these days, so it's extra special! -Laurina

How did you come up with that idea?

What I enjoy most about the Cotton Robin is trying to come up with a border that works with what the other 1 (or 2) previous quilters have done. I ask myself questions like: "What was her vision?" and "I wonder why she chose this color or pattern?" Of course, I don't know the answers to these questions, all I can do is guess. Sometimes, I'm probably wrong (maybe, mostly wrong!).

I encourage everyone to post something about your favorite border from a previous Cotton Robin. You can simply post a photo or share what inspired your choice. Looking forward to seeing what you pick.

I remember one year Julie challenged us to use a color for our center block that we don't usually use. That year I did a purple block - a color I like but rarely use in my quilts. The resulting quilt guessed it...purple (really purple). I was surprised that someone didn't jump in with a new color, but I suppose when those quilters received my center they asked the same questions I do and the answer was "Purple!" I have no complaints, I am always surprised by the results. That's all part of the fun. The next year my quilt included every color in the rainbow.

One of my favorite borders that I've done was the first border in 2017 - the center block was by Cathy. I wanted to play with the idea of creating tiny version of the same motif (the heart) and I've always had a slight obsession with circles because I used to be afraid of them. I also admit that this was one of the hardest borders I've ever done. It was a combination of foundation paper piecing for each heart and the small wedges in between and some tricky curved piecing. The circle of hearts was supposed to be smaller but something went wrong with my math and I ended up putting more "filler" between the original block and the border. I seem to remember sending an apology to the next quilter that I "used up" a lot of the room left for 2 borders with my first.

I will continue to try new things and am looking forward to receiving my next round - that reminds me, I better pack up mine and get it to the post office soon.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Hi Nan

your block is on its way to you you in oregon

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Posting again

Traceyann in Canada, are you wondering why the mail from me didn't arrive yet?
Well, I had been early and since I didn't go on a 4-week trek in the Himalayas and also did not paddle up the Amazon it was mailed finally yesterday. As Laurina had in the beginning suggestions for different ways to do the borders and the center was not square I did. Hope you will have fun with this.

Happy hump-day to all.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Cotton Robin

Sent first border block to Diana today. Tish

A little birdie put a quilt block in my mailbox!

Hello! I received my lovely quilt block from Nan. She used such great colors in it and I am excited to start working on it. Thanks, Nan, I love the block!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Island Hopper

we left today for the Caribbean islands on the Norweigan Bliss for a week.  We get back on the 23rd

I will have plenty time to finish my round.

I spent a week looking for that silly critter.  I kept complaining that people ought to use bright colored envelopes so I could find them again.

Well, don’t cha know, I did find was the one in the giant aqua envelope.....

Yeah, don’t worry about me, I will be knee deep in muscly pool boys and shirtless tan native bus drivers.   Hey, bring me another Bahama Mama, pool boy!  And a chocolate chip cookie to go with it!

glen of the islands, girl of “ hon, you ain’t getting me into a swimsuit, baby”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Second Round

My block from Cindy is now on it's way to Laurina for the next round.
It's a little early but then its a long way from England to New Zealand! 11426 miles

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Furry creatures that we love but leave their mark on quilts

Good morning everyone - just a quick note about hair (cat, dog, hamster, rabbit, kangaroo, etc.)

At least one of our quilters has an allergy to cats. I have never been tested for kangaroo allergies, but maybe I'm allergic to them. Either way, it's amazing how easy it is for our fabric to pick up the furry bits of some of our furry friends.

Please, can all quilters check their work before sending and remove all hairs from them before you wrap them up to go. My cat is particularly anti-social and never seems to be sitting or walking over my work-space but I still found many ginger hairs on my quilt. Here are a few methods for removing that hair:

  • Give it a good shake (only marginally effective)
  • Brush down with a lint brush
  • Use a sticky lint roller or masking tape
  • Use duct tape (hey, it is good for everything, right?)
  • Vacuum with the brush attachment or with a Dustbuster (or similar)
  • Use tweezers to pull out any that have been sewn into the seam

I think everyone will appreciate receiving a quilt to work on that has been thoughtfully de-fuzzed. Thanks.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Back on Track...

I received your block, Diana... it is so sweet, and I have an idea for the first border, but I’ll have to look into my stash to find just the right fabrics to compliment your center.
Terry B in Santa Rosa, I have sent a center block to you. There were so many trees down on the logging roads after our huge (for Southern Oregon) snowstorm, that I had to stay in town for almost  week before I could go home and get the block to send to you. “Life is what happens while you are making other plans”, thank you John Lennon.


Finished early?

Did inspiration strike you like lightning when your block arrived? Did you finish the first border in the first week?

That's great!


Please don't send your quilts to the next quilter too early (It's okay to send it a week or 2 early). A few people have only just received their center blocks, so let's give everyone a chance to get started before they receive the next round.


You know that you won't be able to mail it at a good time. Perhaps you are going on a 4-week trek in the Himalayas or you are pursuing your life-long dream to paddle up the Amazon. If that's the case, let me know that you need to mail early. Otherwise, put it on your design wall and admire your beautiful work for a few weeks!


Wednesday, March 6, 2019


The wonderful block from Marie arrived yesterday!  Drafted plan in place.  Now figuring out how best to proceed!

Traceyann  ;-)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

All blocks are on their way (finally)

I heard from the last quilter that the final center block is on its way to Terri. If you have not posted on the blog that you have received your block, please do - there are three unaccounted for.

The center blocks are an interesting mix, as usual. There are always a few that really catch my eye and I'm excited to see how they turn out in the end. Here they all are, in no particular order:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Block first round sent & Received

Block posted to Nan Siek on Feb 25th.
Block received from Cindy Lanning.
Now to put my thinking hat on!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Block Received

Rachel, I received your block. Wow!!!!!

to the post office tomorrow

A center with one border will start its way to Traceyann in Canada tomorrow.
Happy Sunday to all.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Received block

Terry, I received your block yesterday. Peggy

Block sent

Cindy, Imailed my block to you about a week ago, hope you have received it. Peggy