Saturday, May 26, 2018

228 Zippy's Marilyn - encourager to our community

Marilyn, thank you for creating such a special haven.  I have loved the "Zippy Dates" that Noah brings me on.  Your music nights, the afternoon walks with those special healthy drinks you figure out for me, and all the relaxing times with loved ones... I just love Zippy's!  (thank you Tracey for your contributions to my dream to quilt Marilyn)

"Granny, let's go on a Zippy date!"

Friday, May 25, 2018

227 A Graduation Quilt for Handsome Vic

Congrats handsome Vic, here's your grad quilt with footballs quilted into it.  Hoping you like the manly colors?  I am so proud of you, my wonderful nephew, you have accomplished your high school goals and are headed to a bright future.  XO  (Thank you Tracey for the piecing and quilting, I never would have made the Spring 2018 quilt deadlines without your help)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

226 - A Graduation Quilt for Sweet Niece Tallie

Congrats sweet Tallie, here's your beautiful blue fabrics grad quilt.  We sure had fun picking out the fabrics together, didn't we?  I am so proud of you, my precious niece, you have accomplished your high school goals and are headed to a bright future.  XO  (Thank you Tracey for the piecing and quilting, I never would have made the Spring 2018 quilt deadlines without your help)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

225 Graduation Quilt for Meghan

Second Potter Godchild to graduate:  Meghan.  And we got the joy of being at the same school this year.  I'll always remember our lunchtimes in the Computer Lab using Adobe Illustrator.  Fun.  Congrats Megs, here's your lime green and purple grad quilt, as requested.  XO  (Thank you Tracey for the piecing and quilting, I never would have made the Spring 2018 quilt deadlines without your help)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

224 Steve & Mary's Wedding Day Quilt Saturday May 19 2018

What a beautiful bride and groom, Steve & Mary.  Congratulations!  May your life together hold countless blessings.

It was a busy year of full-time work, so Tracey pieced and quilted the next several scrappies in order that they be ready for May weddings and June graduations.  I did the handbinding and labels so each quilt had plenty of my stitching and love incorporated too.

I forgot to take a picture of the very extra-scrappy Happy Scrappy that Tracey helped me make.  Hopefully I'll get one after their honeymoon :)

Family Honeymooning - best time ever!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NO TIME TO QUILT? Tracey & Lainie to the rescue!

Look at those adorable smiles as I pile on the fabric and the batting and the backings and the instructions and all my dreams and hopes of quilting those I love - despite having zero time to quilt these day.  I'm loving my job, loving my students, loving the challenge of being a Graphic Arts and Personal Finance instructor, but not loving the fact that I can't get to my passion... my quilting.  But have no fear:  Tracey is here!  And daughter Lainie too.  With mad-skills and a better designer-eye than me, these graduation quilts will be ready for my beloveds in June.  I'll do the hand-stitched bindings during the spring, so that at least I'll have my sewing on some of it!  What would I do without my Tracey?!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

223 - A Quilt for Ashley - who helped Sarah bring 3 Grandies into our lives

As I watched my beloved Sarah bravely and strongly birth her Olivia, Ethan and then precious Nora into our lives, I observed my daughters' beauty and strength and determination to do things well.  And one of her excellent choices was to select a doula who is, quite literally, an angel on the earth...our dear and wonderful Ashley.

When I first met beautiful, gracious Ashley, I was immediately drawn to her warm, encouraging eyes and heart.  I wanna be more like her, I thought to myself.  How can someone so young, be so mature and wise and grace filled?  How can I get some of that for me?  I'm so loud, and bossy, and pushy and demonstrative and gregarious.  I mean, even I'd get sick and tired of being around me... and I'm me!  For goodness sake, I need to spend more time around Ashley!

But time and age-differences and busy-ness and miles made those hopes fleeting.

But I'll tell ya what wasn't fleeting...
     My promise to myself, as I watched calm and tender Ashley help Sarah birth Nora, to make her a quilt someday soon.  A quilt that might attempt to express to her what my heart feels.  Ashley is inspiration and love and grace and peace and calm and radiance.  And she gives lavishly to my beloved daughter, much of which doesn't flow naturally from me, even though I desperately desire that I would and/or could.  And so I am grateful.  Grateful for Ashley.  Grateful for how God supplies our every need, in amazing and wondrous ways.  Grateful for how God makes us "family" whether or not the blood flowing in our veins is same or different.  Because we know it makes no difference to God.
     So here is my promise, my Ashley, a Happy Scrappy in your favorite colors.  And remember, my quilts are my Hugs.  My hugs of appreciation, respect, admiration and love.  Big, long, warm, tender, comforting hugs.  Be hugged.  Be hugged from Robin's grateful and inspired Robin heart.

For those who want an amazing professional photography team:  Please consider Ashley & Angie.  They are absolutely amazing for weddings, families, engagements, special events, on location, newborns, and much more!

  • One Thousand Words Photography 
  • Ashley's facebook: 
  • Ashley's partner, Angie: 

I hope I get a out-of-focus, whimsical, erethral picture of beautiful you, taken by your fabulously talented little future-photographer-daughter, of Mama in her cozy chair with her tea and books, snuggled in her Happy Scrappy quilt, for me to add to this blogpost.  I love you!

Ashley served Sarah as her doula for Olivia, Ethan and Nora

Ashley's favorite colors are turquoise and orange - I loved working on this uniquely colored, bright and cheerful color scheme, it was a breath of fresh air, just like Ashley.

I want to remember this quilt pattern, it is easy and continuous and yet pretty and has a nice complexity to make it rich and fun, yet fanciful and girly.  Me likey!  Plus it flows easy as I'm long-arming, I can practically zone-out... distressing.