Wednesday, December 28, 2011

21 - KK Wins!

And the winner of Quilters Dilemma is...
Kuzzin KK!
Your quilt is prepped and on the long arm!  Betcha have it wrapped around you before January is done!  Especially if Livi keeps up the great work ;)
Whew!  Finished.  Cathy completed two-thirds of the binding while I gave my wrists and elboes a break.  Then I finished up the binding and label this week.  Can't wait to give it to KK.

Update March 3:  Well it took longer to bind KK's than originally planned (my elboes are sore).  Thanks, Cathy, for binding two-thirds of it!  XO.  KK finally got her quilt this weekend when we had a "Girls Night" with newborn Kylie Rae.  KK loves, loves, loves her quilt.  And Kylie Rae loved partyin down with her Mimi Karlie, Auntie Katey, Auntie KK, and Auntie "Kobin."  ha ha ha

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ugh. My Quilters Dilemma

Soooooo many quilts to work on
So little time
Which one?  Which one?
Sarah & Joels "wedding quilt" only 5 years overdue!!!

KK's only 6 years overdue!

My jeweltone quilt from Lou's stash

John & Rachel's Wedding Quilt

Emily's Grad Quilt due June 2012

JT & Kristin's Baby's Quilt due SOON!!!

Cuzzin Gary's quilt - due 2-3 years ago!

Penni's M.I.L.'s quilt due someday soon?

Penni's Halloween Quilt due October 2012

Not to mention all the quilts I have in my heart and imagination for all those I love so much and still haven't been able to get their quilt made!!!  You should SEE MY LIST!!!  Oh my, I better get to it and quit all this blogging!  :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CuzzyBill Cuts The Cutting Mat

Aren't cousins wonderful!  Cuzzy Bill originally cut my 14 foot long melamine board for my Long Arm Table.  Now, today, he  and Mike kindly cut my 12 foot long cutting mat.  It sure is nice to know cousins in high places :)  Thanks, cuz!  And thanks Mike!  Come over and see how nice your work fits on my Long Arm sometime soon!  XO

Thursday, December 15, 2011

When You're Thirteen

When you are 13 you get to come up to Robin's Quilter's Studio and learn to quilt!  Sarah's first!  She decided to work on a Scrappy Four Patch.  So far it is really beautiful.

Today Sarah got her first try at Long Arm Quilting.  She's a natural!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

More fun in the Quilters Studio!

Excited Tallie came running in with her pretty marker colored design work and asked me if she could translate it to fabric.  Her family had a wonderful picture taken and Tallie knew her Bumpa & Macka would be thrilled to have this picture on the wall.  Tallie envisioned the picture on fabric and then framed in scrappy piecework.  I was impressed to see Tallie's design come to fruition.  Tallie picked all the fabric, then she sewed all the strips.  Next she and I used the computer to transfer the family picture to fabric - a fun part of the project.  Finally, together, we sewed the strips to the picture.  What a fun Saturday!  Tallie can't wait to give this Christmas present to her grandparents!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

20 - Dad's Quilt

I was so surprised last summer when Dad softly mentioned, "Ya know, I'd sort of like to have a quilt, ya know."  My head spun around and I asked Dad if I'd heard him correctly.  He smiled that cute little side-grin of his and confirmed, "Yeah, I would like to have one of your quilts on my bed someday."  Well!  Say no more!!!  Now let's hope I can get it quilted and hand-bound by Christmas!  :

Update:  Christmas Eve!  Whew!  I made it!!!
Dad really loves his quilt.  He slept under it on Christmas Eve (my goal) and said it kept him really warm.  So warm, in fact, that he "slept in" until 7:00 oclock!  Yeah :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Dear Darlin Hubby - gives my studio LIGHT

He really is...

...too good to me!
Although I do need one of my favorite electricians to come up and show Kev how to get the electricity to it (yikes!  he is using an extension cord to the wall!).  Dickie?  Shall we fly you up from Texas?  Steve?  Can you break from those six children you are busy raising and come up here and assist?  :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

19 - John & Elise Christmas Quilt

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     99% of the piecing was accomplished this summer.  But then all the other quilts had to be loaded on the long arm before John & Elise's King Sized Christmas quilt because I knew it was going to take a long time to quilt it.  Now, at the end of September, it is finally loaded and I've started on my first row.  This "long-time-a-comin" quilt is to thank my dear cousins for a fantastic Puerto Vallarta vacation several years ago!
     Update Nov 15, 2011 - this thing is gi-nor-mous.  These Texans... everything is big in Texas.  Today I'm putting the binding on.  Then the goal is to hand-whip 6 feet per night.  Let's see, uhm, 60 inches per night divided by 480 inches equals 8 nights of hand binding?  Yikes!  I wonder if I'll make my "Mail This By December 1st" deadline!
     Update Nov 24th - Thanksgiving Morning - Hmmmmmm, I could continue hand binding, even though my wrists are BURNING UP!  Or... I could cook a turkey and mash some potatoes.  Hmmmmmm... decisions, decisions.

Update December 3rd - Well, I didn't make my December 1st deadline - but I DID make the first Saturday of December Post Office line!  Yeeeeeeehaaaaa!  Can't wait to see a picture of John & Elise snuggled in their gi-nor-mous bed all tucked in underneath their Christmas Quilt on Christmas Eve.  :)
Update December 4th - Can't wait, So excited!!!!!!  Love, Elise
Update December 5th - Robbie - Holy Smokes! I gotta tell ya'...I usually don't get all that fired up about a quilt but in all honesty (and I am being as much of a straight shooter as any long tall Texan is gonna be) I am really looking forward to having' this here quilt on top of my long lanky Texas frame. Being' all snug as a bug in a rug...well, dagnabit, I'm all a-quiver and can hardly wait for that goll-dern postal weasel to show up at the old home place. Dang it all to heaven, I'm plum excited!!!!!!!! John
Christmas Day 2012 Pictures of EVERYONE enjoying the Christmas Quilt

My Five Brother-Sister-Cousins XO XO XO XO XO

18 - Baby Bean's First Quilt

I quit on the first "Baby Bean" quilt from my fabric stash; it just wasn't good enough for my 1st GRANDson!  So I found this sweet Winnie-The-Pooh fabric at Hobby Lobby and started over.  Much better!  Will probably have it finished by the February baby shower!  Wahoo!
Update February 24th:  Well, sweet Ethan, you are no longer referred to as Baby Bean.  You are five and a half pounds now and will be here to join our family in six weeks.  I can not wait to meet you, and hold you and kiss you and get to know who God created you to be!  See you REALLY soon now, sweet grandson.  And, phew!  Your quilt is ready for GrannyNans to give to Mommy this weekend at her baby shower!
Update April 4, 2012:  Our precious baby Ethan Andrew arrives!!!


17 - Livi's "BubbleBlower" Quilt

Livi is taking swimming lessons called "Bubble Blowers."  So I made her a mermaid quilt with bubbles.  It's flannel and very snuggly.