Monday, November 8, 2010

Blocks on their way

I got these two blocks put together today for Pam and they joined the two I made for Margaret in a box and are heading to Margaret's sewing room right now!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Margert's Blocks

I just finished Margaret's Blocks! I hope you like them! Alicia I will be sending them on to you shortly!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Please everyone, please email me and let me know which blocks you have at your home right now or if you have sent them in the last day or so and may not have been received yet. I am trying to figure out where all the blocks are and it is important that I hear from each of you! I will also send you each a message via email and flickr mail.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Two sets on their way

Yesterday I got to spend some time in my sewing room and I managed to get two blocks each done for Carol and Pat. This means that Pat's blocks are all completed and are on their way to her and Carol's are on their way to Margaret. You can see pix over on flickr.

I hope everyone is doing well and that as summer wraps up and fall begins you get to spend some quality and quantity time in your sewing rooms!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Early on in the round robin, I saw Alicia's blocks and began to hyperventilate ... thought that block beyond me.  When the package arrived with the sunny lanes block, I realized it was just 4 patches and half-squared triangles - piece of  Well I finished up the two blocks early this morning and headed off to the area post office, only to find that they weren't open on Saturday.  What! When did this happen?  Oh well, Monday then!  Now I'm waiting for the next 3 and I will have made blocks for all!!! 

Here are pictures of the blocks; hope you like them Alicia!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More blocks

I finished a few today....
Pats....I really liked this one! 

Carol's. I hope you like them! 

Now they are off to Alicia (sorry Pat, Alicia asked for them! But I think she will send yours back to you once she is done).


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Christmas In July For Lynn

Whew!  The. Pressure. Is. Off!  Sewing Lynn's Christmas block takes care of the backed up packages! 

Several shouts and sighs could be heard from my sewing room the last two days while putting this block together.  The corner blocks got me, and I sewed two corner sets three times.  I actually ran out of the neutral fabric, so I had to piece some fabric together and cut the triangles out individually. 

2010 Round Robin - Lynn's Block 

Finally, though, the corners came together and matched sides with the center block.  Looks like Lynn will have quite a lovely quilt when all the blocks are joined together.  -- michele

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Snail's Trail for Pam

This block turned out to be my best pieced work yet!  It helped that I found a lovely little choice on my machine screen named "1/4"."  Hello?  How long have I had my machine and didn't notice that -- 6 years!  So, I didn't have to mark out quarter-inch lines; the machine did it all perfectly for me, and I have a 12.5" square for Pam!  Very gratifying for me, too. 
The snail trail block looks so much more impressive in person.  I wasn't sure how to get a good shot of this one, and the blocks Pam made herself are very striking with the deep, rich colors she used.  You'll enjoy making this block. 

You know, things became a bit backed up on this end with the loss of one of our members in the spring, no packages at all for me to sew until May, and then nearly five packages of blocks for me to sew showing up within a few weeks of each other right when my work away from home increased.  Along with that, sewing pieced blocks is new for me, and I'm driven to perfection and matching styles, so, despite my newish quilting skills, a lot of thought goes into thinking through the design each member has chosen as well as choosing the most perfect fabric for the block in the hopes that each of you will be very happy with my work when the piece arrives at the end of the round robin.  I hope the blocks are worth the wait on your end; I'm enjoying working through each little project.  -- michele

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas Tree Block for Margaret

Not knowing for sure what to do for Margaret, I checked out some tutorials and saw one on the purl bee for small trees and bounced from there.  I have to say, I am EXTREMELY pleased with the exact 12.5" outcome of this block!  That would be because it was freestyle, and I straightened and measured as I went along, and 1/4" seams did not matter!  
What do you think?  Can you see the trees for the forest of calicos?  

-- michele 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Posy Pinwheel for Pat

Pat's Posy Pinwheels - 2010 Round Robin Quilt Bee

Another Posy Pinwheel for Pat is finished and added to her package, which goes out to Rene tomorrow.  It was fun to pull out some traditional and vintage florals to combine for this pattern.  This is the third pinwheel block I've put together this year, and I'm enjoying making the "flying geese."  I just need to work on getting those seams perfect.  I mark out the 1/4", but there is still some wonkiness to deal with.  Pat, hope you enjoy this set of fabrics, close up below.  I'll send some pieces to your home address for your stash.  -- michele

Pat's Posy Pinwheels - 2010 Round Robin Quilt Bee

Friday, June 11, 2010


Michele...lookout!  Here they come.  Pictured here are my snail's trail blocks.  I've wanted a quilt made of these blocks for a very long, now all I have to do is make the star blocks that will go to make a "Shakepear in the Park" quilt. Thanks ladies for your help...very big grin!!! 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Batiks for Carol

2010 Round Robin Quilt Bee - Carol

As promised, the bee sewing begins!  Here is Carol's block of batik squares, triangles, and rectangles.  The block design came from an old Quilts & More magazine.  I tried to adjust down for Carol's dimensions, but it ended up larger than the magazine version!  I marked all my 1/4" seam lines for near perfection, and still ...  It was too pretty to rip out, Carol.  Here is another view.  My idea is that you chalk your seam line all around at the 10.5" dimension.  I tried it out by pressing the edges back.  The points of the dark inner frame and corners of the outside pink blocks get cut off, but it does give the block a more edgy look or sort of an off-set feel.   It was better not to trim here, though, or some of the smaller seam lines could come loose.  As well, it might work out that you can use a little wiggle room!  -- michele

Sunday, May 30, 2010


...I'M BAAACK!   with flower the pinwheels

Pat, here's how your quilt looks now!  

..................Pam :-)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Michele's Block Update

Hi Ladies!  Hope you are getting to enjoy a 3-day weekend.  Today is my first day off since May 2!  The joys and slight pain of running one's own business, but all is well.   There hasn't been much time in the schedule or room in my brains for creativity the last four months or so.  I had no idea how hard my schedule would become while working with an account I took on six months ago.  That account is finished as of two weeks ago, and blue skies are ahead --- as well much needed time in the sewing studio! 

Pam sent me Margaret's blocks last week.  I just opened the package, and Margaret -- You will love your blocks when they get back to you.   

Carol sent me her batik block, which I received in early May.  I have the batiks ready to go. 

Sometime last month, one of you asked if you could send me one large package of the backed up blocks.  I thought it was Pam when her bulky package arrived, but the package just includes Margaret's blocks.  So, if you know you've sent me a package, please let me know, as I have a mountain of mail to go through.  I'm organizing the studio this weekend and getting ready for a sew marathon in June, and my round robin blocks are top priority. 

Since it isn't pretty to have a photo-less post, I'm taking the opportunity to show off this 93-piece block made for my other bee, One Block Over, back in March.  It wasn't too bad to put together, but that could have been because I only had one block to sew and the bee partner precut all the pieces for us!  How I wish I could have an entire quilt made of this block!  It would be something to cherish.  -- Michele

Friday, May 28, 2010


Here are pictures of another set of red and green blocks!  The kids are asking if I'm making Christmas quilts.   Sort of!

Lynn's beautiful far!

Pam....and more to come!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am halfway there

I have been busy this week. I finished my triangle quilt, made 4 blocks for the Quilt Block Exchange, turned an extra block into a doll quilt sandwich (ready to quilt) and I got blocks done for two of you in this round robin.

Here are all of Wendy's blocks. I made the right and left ones in the center row.

And here are Michele's Chisholm Trail blocks. I made the one off to the right.

Now I need to get to the post office and get everything in the mail!

As I was uploading the pictures into iPhoto I realiazed that I have now done six of the eleven blocks for the round robin (that includes mine). How is everyone else doing?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Maple Leafs!

Here are the maple leafs that I made!! (one set is for me, because I just like to be geedy!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TWO DOWN and more......

Helloooooo..... I know....I'm in the doghouse!  Perhaps these two new blocks will redeem me in some! 

Here are the two blocks I made...It's a little difficult to see the white border on the white backdrop, but I hope you like your trees. 

Here is how your quilt looks right now!!!

Your quilt will definitely be a beauty!  Merry Christmas!!!!

more sooon....... Pam

Monday, May 3, 2010

A restart

I've restarted these blocks and have sent them directly to Michele. For those who want to get a head start on them here are the basics. They are 10 1/2 inches, made from batiks, the basic patters are triangles, squares and rectangles. I would like a piece of fabric so I can add some squares and triangles in the border to tie it all together. Have fun.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Michele's Block

Here is your block Michele for April. I have really enjoyed making it, although it looked really hard for me to begin with! :D

I did have trouble with the instructions, I didn't realize that they had more cutting instructions in the second paragraph! I know I am a REAL SMART cookie! :D Hope you like it!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Blocks for Lynn

It's fun to see the collections growing ... I added 2 blocks for Lynn and snapped a photo of her blocks so far! They are off to Pamela this morning.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rainbow Block for Rene

Rainbow block for Rene - Michele

Ladies, I'm on a roll!  The Rainbow Block Rene chose is a great one.  Beyond being a stash buster and easy to make, it is a very good block to feature a pretty fabric line, like the Meadowsweet I love so much.  I've been trying to collect all the pieces of the Meadowsweet group the last couple of months and have wondered how to feature each colorway.  This block could give a peek to each style and variation of the line without using too much and could be sashed in one of the larger prints.  Sounds like a plan! 

So, the only trick left here is for me to remember where I'm putting Rene's block until the package comes my way.  As soon as I create the place for it, I'll post it here so I can refer back! 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Island Batik Maple Leaf

2010 Round Robin Block Exchange

My first contribution to the Round Robin is complete!  Wendy's Batik Maple Leaf.  Early in the year, my fabric store had a great new set of islandy batiks.  As I cut the pieces for Wendy's fall maple leaf, I thought this would be an odd fall leaf with a summery feel, but the colors are great together.  I didn't do a final squaring, as I am so new to precise quilt blocks.  I'll leave that to you, Wendy.  However, I did mark out every 1/4" edge, so it's as close to perfect as I can get it!  -- michele

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Flower Pin Wheels

Here are the two pinwheels blocks I added to Pat’s collection. At first I didn’t think I had flower fabric that I could use. To my surprise I found lots of options. I chose the purple because it was my Moms favorite color. The yellow and green drew my eye because the crocuses and daffodils are coming up and it reminded me of spring. Which is finally coming to Vermont.

Monday, March 29, 2010


One of our members has not sent out her original blocks and has not sent on any blocks she has received so I have had to make the difficult decision to take her out of the loop. I am trying to contact her through every means possible. I am not going to put the name here on the blog but I think you know who you are and if you are reading this, please email me so we can get those blocks that have been sent to you on to the next person on the list.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Michele's Block

Here is Michele's Chisholm Trail Block. I hope you like it. Mary, it will be in the mail tomorrow.

Margaret's Christmas Trees

I (Wendy) just finished up my two Christmas trees for Margaret. I'll be sending them on to Pam on Monday or Tuesday.

She's got a wonderful and festive forest growing!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My blocks for Rene and Mary

I have been busy in my sewing room and got my blocks for both Mary and Rene finished today.
Here are Rene's blocks
Here are Mary's blocks

I plan to get them in the mail to Lynn either today or tomorrow.

Now I need to get busy on my Quilt Block Exchange blocks for March.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Margaret's trees.

Here are my two additions to Margaret's tree collection. The one on the left is a smaller version of a wall hanging I did for Each of my daughters for Christmas. The one on the right was a experiment of trying to use small bits of fabric with out a real pattern. It turned out better then I thought when I first started.
I'm off to flowers and pinwheels for Pat.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One month in

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is having fun with the round robin so far. Just wanted to check on the progress we are making. After one month everyone has sent their original blocks out and should be sending the first set of blocks they received from someone else on. I have to admit I have two sets here to work on but this week I have both grandkids here (Clara, 20 months, and Layden,4) so there really won't be any sewing getting done but the round robin blocks will be my first project when they are back home with their mommy and daddy.

Please comment here and let me know who has which blocks, okay? Thanks! I will start it off by saying I have sent mine and Mary and Rene's are here to be worked on next.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alicia's blocks

Here are Alicia's Blocks the 2 Sunny Lanes that are now on their way to Pat.  If anyone wants a pdf of my block to get a head start just email me