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March 17, 2021
FQSG Antique Quilt Block Challenge from Nestlings By Robin



The March 2021 issue of 
AQ magazine is out and inside
you will find an article by Moi :)

Last year the Florida Quilt
Study Group did an antique
block challenge with very
few rules, thankfully!

I was overly ambitious and 
worked on 2 blocks because 
each had different fabrics that spoke 
to me. Using techniques 
workshop, I created 2 unique pieces 
and then wrote an article about 
the process for AQ.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/861387607368392


https://www.facebook.com/groups/861387607368392

Our Fabulous exhibit is 
now on display
at THE Quilters Hall of Fame
in Marion, Indiana. 
THANK YOU, 
KATHY METELICA CRAY!!
IF you can ...

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March 10, 2021
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Sashing from Nestlings By Robin

YAY!
You are so close to the finish;)
This week we are on to the
sashing for the blocks.
Making the decision to blend
the sashing so the stars jump out
or to give your blocks a small
bit of framework will be
the hardest part of this step.
I promise!
http://www.nestlingsbyrobin.com/index.html
My blocks rested on my 
guest bed for a good solid
week just as you see them here.
I just couldn't wrap my 
brain around how it would
look when done and I 
didn't want to waste time
making all those little 
star points just to hate ...

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February 20, 2021
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Ruffled Tulips from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome to block 12 
and our last block 
before we get to assembly.
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The photo above is a detail of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
Normally I show you the block
and you can see a bit of it
in the upper corner, but I wanted
you to see the fun border
that was added too.

As we come closer to adding 
a border, I wanted you to see
that I had other options from
my collection and it was
sooo hard to choose!

The quilting on this one
is all over the place from
clamshell, to flowers ...

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Bad Girls: Aung San Suu Kyi from Nestlings By Robin

 With the Chinese lunar new year
having recently passed I had
decided to write about an
Asian woman who had 
challenged and won against
the status quo of her day.

I started to write about
an icon from ancient
Chinese history and
as I read her story,
extraordinary as it is, there
are many moments of 
cruelty perpetrated by her
as was the case with any
reign of the time.
I will revisit her amazing
story but today I choose 
to focus on peaceful power.

 So, with the events 
happening in Myanmar, 
let's visit someone who
has fought her ...

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February 8, 2021
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Mexican Rose from Nestlings By Robin

                                       Welcome to block 11.

It is exciting how close to done
we are getting, right?!
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The photo above is a detail of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is gorgeous cross hatching, even
through the applique'.
So soft!
We can see what a popular
style of quilting this is for
that time period because I 
haven't had to write in a 
new design for a few blocks now:)

This is the only one I have
of this design and I do LOVE it!
Again from my dear friend in Illinois
who finds the best deals!

I ...

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February 5, 2021
Dogwood Stars from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome Dogwood Stars
featuring Connecting Threads' 
new fabric line.......
https://www.connectingthreads.com/dogwood-stars-wall-hanging-kit/p/99367

During testing I made my
own version using these
fabrics because the 
color way spoke to me 
but wasn't available yet.
I am a sucker for pretty
much any fabric with 
script on it!!

This design has simple
piecing along with 
fusible applique'.

The diamonds in the border 
sections are all applique'
vs. piecing so cut and stick:)

These little tweezers make
placement of small pieces
so much easier.  
sheet so that these bits
are all applied making 
completed flowers BEFORE
fusing to ...

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January 31, 2021
Bad Girls: Elizabeth Blackwell from Nestlings By Robin

Did you know that February 1st is considered 
National Spunky Old Broads Day?
A lot of people have been offended by the term, 
Broad, but I have always found it to be a great 
descriptor for those women who were 
classy AND strong. 
They didn't back down from a fight and 
they did it with dignity!

I wrote about a journal my husband 
bought me a few years back and
there are AMAZING Broads in there.

 Meet Elizabeth Blackwell.
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/medical-first-elizabeth-blackwell/
In just 2 short days
it will be her 200th
birthday and if only
she could see how
women have ...

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January 22, 2021
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Prince's OR Princess Feather? from Nestlings By Robin

                                      Welcome to block 10.

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The photo above is a detail of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is gorgeous cross hatching, even
through the applique'.
So soft!

This is one of a few
variations on 
Prince's Feathers I 
have in my collection.

I have a dear friend in Illinois
that likes to go searching for 
treasure (one of our favorite
past times when we are together) 
and she finds the best deals!
On occasion I will get a
pic and a question mark
text from her.
This was one of those texts.

It is beyond lovely ...

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January 10, 2021
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: APPLES from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome to block 9.
http://www.nestlingsbyrobin.com/lectures--workshops.html

The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is to-die-for triple rods, even
through the applique'.
So soft!

I call it Apple Basket but it 
could also be a tomato plant.
Fun Fact about tomatoes...
They were thought to be poisonous.

This was purchased on my way
home from Paducah in 2017 in a 
cute little shop somewhere in TN.
It is beyond lovely even with holes:)

Let's talk Apple or Tomato variations.

I haven't seen one like this one 
in my studies but the layout ...

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December 23, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Coxcomb from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome to Block 8.
http://www.nestlingsbyrobin.com/lectures--workshops.html
Lectures & Workshops - NESTLINGS by Robin

The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is cross hatch even
through the applique'.
So soft!

I went to search coxcomb for 
the plant information link and
look at this definition I found:
NOUN 
archaic: a vain and conceited man; a dandy.
synonyms: fop · beau · man about town · 
bright young thing · glamour boy · rake .

I laughed and laughed!!
Not sure why but I did:)

So, this was purchased this from 
a collector while in Paducah for my 
appraisal training when I fell ...

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December 7, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Laurel Leaves from Nestlings By Robin

  Welcome to Block 7.

The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1850 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is cross hatch with 
a FAB red applique' scallop border.
The leaves are done in 
various green prints.

I purchased this from a collector
in Maryland who only collects from
that region so we have a lovely
Mid-Atlantic quilt in 
the style of the day.

Let's talk Laurel Leaf variations.
There really aren't that many
variations as it is very straight 
forward in design.
When one varies it does
so in the shape of the 
red leaves at ...

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November 16, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Cherry Tree from Nestlings By Robin

 Welcome to Block 6.

We are now half way 
done with blocks:)
There will be a bit of a 
holiday break and I will 
be back with the next
block December 6th.
Gives you plenty of time
to catch up to us:)
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Above is my ca 1860 
Cherry Tree quilt.
I loved it the minute I laid
eyes on it just for how
unique it was and 
the QUILTING!!
Quilted in 1/4" cross hatch 
with feathered wreaths
at the intersections.
OOH LA LA!

It came to me early in 
my appraisal study so I 
went to the professional who ...

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November 1, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Turkey Tracks from Nestlings By Robin

 Welcome to Block 5.

http://nestlingsbyrobin.com/lectures--workshops.html

The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is triple rods in the 
background with echo quilting
within the applique' pieces.
This lady LOVED to hand quilt:)
I really love her winding border too.

Most often it was done only in red 
and green so finding a yellow
and green is fun & different.
Sometimes it was appliqued
and sometimes it was pieced.
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LOVE the border on this one!
Both of mine are applique'...Yay!!

The original name of this
block was Wandering Foot.
The fun MYTH that goes ...

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October 27, 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME:) from Nestlings By Robin

Another year passes and 
how do we mark them?

This year has had many 
challenges and one was all
my work cancellations.
As October approached, 2
contracts remained and both
groups decided to go forward.

So the day before my birthday
I taught one of my favorite
workshops ever, 
to the 
near Leesburg, FL
.
Beautiful setting and a 
FABULOUS group of ladies.
They really took my inspiration
and made it their own.

Below is Margaret Travis and 
her sister, Marie.
Margaret is known for her Fabulous 
Cheerleading in ...

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October 18, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Pomegranate from Nestlings By Robin


Welcome to Block 4.

The photo above is a portion of 
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is straight lines about
1/2" apart along with echo in 
the leaves and fruit.
Also fun to note that the cheddar
insert is pieced in NOT
reverse applique' as I had
originally assumed.

My first exposure to pomegranates
was from my grandma.
She loved breaking one open
and giving my brother and I 
a section in a small bowl.
We would watch tv with 
her and suck the pulp off
each little seed.
Very fun for a child!

My ...

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October 16, 2020
LEAVES from Nestlings By Robin

I love designing them, 
looking at them, &
making them!

Sometimes getting them just 
where I want them can be
a bit tricky so here are a few 
tips for better alignment.
Remember nature isn't perfect
and we don't have to be either!

Here is my traced
leaf with my lines going
way beyond where my
template would have been.
I do this so that I can 
measure 1/4" past the
point for my seam allowance.
To place leaves, put a pin
straight through at the seam
allowance point and into the
vine where you want 
them to ...

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October 14, 2020
Sweet Persimmons from Nestlings By Robin

I have never had a persimmon 
and maybe I should try 
one now that I have named 
a quilt after them:)
New in the November
issue of AQ Magazine
meet Sweet Persimmons.
This sweet design started 
out in a 30s rendition.

Once I started thinking in Autumn
colors, I came up with this palette.
Still really like it and may have
to put this grouping to work
in another project!

Looks great, right?

Sometimes I can't see past my 
own vision but I also had 
this Sandy Gervais print sitting
around that I had been wanting 
to use in ...

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October 3, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Oak Leaf from Nestlings By Robin


 Welcome to Block 3.

The photo above is a portion of 
a circa 1900 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is a nice job of 
outlining the applique' and adding 
a larger leaf in some of the open areas.

Everywhere you see white leaves
and vines used to be green but 
the synthetic dyes of the day
sometimes faded away completely.
Again we see the familiar rosettes.

where I showcase the 
variations of designs and 
it is exciting to announce that 
this lecture will become available
in ZOOM format in 2021
for so many more ...

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September 20, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Whig Rose from Nestlings By Robin

                                 

Welcome to Block 2.
The photo above is a portion of 
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is applique' outline,
leaves, rosettes, and a gorgeous 
plant of some kind in the border.
The blocks are huge so I had
to reduce for my oversized blocks:)
Yes that is a blue polka dot
in the stems!!!
This is why there is blue in this
block only and I was just 
as surprised as you may be.

where I showcase the 
variations of designs and 
it is exciting to announce that 
this lecture will ...

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September 13, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Currants from Nestlings By Robin

                                                   http://nestlingsbyrobin.com/lectures--workshops.html
Welcome to Block 1.
The photo above is from the 
center of a circa 1860 
quilt in my collection.
The quilting is a cross hatch done
in 1/4" grid which gives it a 
fabulous look and feel!

where I wanted to showcase the 
variations of designs because
I am fascinated by how designs
have evolved over time.

Most of the time this block
is seen with berries added but
I do like the simplicity of this layout.

This plant was being grown here in
the US during the mid 19th century time 
allowing quilters ...

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