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July 1, 2021
FLOURISH QAL: Ready-Set-Stitch! from Nestlings By Robin


 I am beyond excited to bring my
FLOURISH quilt pattern to you!
Lots of information in this post
so please read to the end. 

As you can see at the time 
of this posting, I am still quilting it:)

Although I rarely use 
blue in my designs, the fabric
and the design itself both
required it for this layout
to be joyful and balanced.

Now to the QAL:
I am so excited you are here.
The FB group has continued
to grow & since this is a 
smaller project, I am looking forward 
to lively participation ...

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June 18, 2021
FLOURISH: New QAL from Nestlings By Robin

 Well-Loved Ladies was a Huge success
and we still have many that are 
working on it because it really
isn't a quick project:)

As promised many moons ago, 
a smaller more attainable project
would be next so that those 
intimidated or not up to the 
task of WLL would be able to
join the quilt along fun and 
sharpen their skills for when
they are ready to tackle WLL. 

Twice a month starting July 1st,
I will present a tutorial via a
post here & FB that prepares us 
for the next step in the quilt along.

You will need ...

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June 13, 2021
TWINKLE WHEELS from Nestlings By Robin

Meet Twinkle Wheels
Connecting Threads'  
new line of fabric 
I was fortunate enough to 
design a new pattern for them
and I needed to test out the 
block design since I 
was doing something a bit
different for me:)

OK, not the first part that
starts with half-square triangles
(some of my favorites to 
design with:).
Figuring out how to align
the center bit was a tiny
challenge but it 
worked out wonderfully
(if I do say so myself:)!

Here is my cover with 
the finished quilt and 
the second layout you
get from your cut aways
so there ...

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June 8, 2021
THANK YOU PIGEON FORGE!! from Nestlings By Robin

This is a beautiful shot of 
I was able to eat dinner here one
evening and the food was 
delicious, home cooked, stick
to your ribs eats.

I spent weeks cutting kits
and preparing patterns and 
packing quilts....

so that I could arrive
in Pigeon Forge
and teach in this 
lovely setting...

The day before classes 
started I took a short 
drive toward Gatlinburg.
So Beautiful!!
Found a covered bridge
by accident:)
Here is the wonderful
slate of instructors I 
had the honor to share
a page with!
The FUN banner 
outside of my room 
showing my ...

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May 29, 2021
Poppy Pod Lane from Nestlings By Robin

I have a love of poppy flowers and 
have designed some larger quilts 
that the magazines maybe find

So I designed a smaller piece and
picked it up:)  YAY!
Their magazine is so full of beauty.

I started previewing my fabrics
to see how they would look
as quarter-square triangles.

Once the top was finished,
it was time to work on the 
embroidery for the 
applique' section.

Once all my applique'
was fused in place,
on to basting....

Yes, I pin baste 
small projects for 
machine quilting.

My quilting was straight
stitching along the diagonal line ...

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May 14, 2021
Bramble Blooms from Nestlings By Robin

 The May issue of AQ Magazine is out and you will 
find my Bramble Blooms within its fine pages.

Let's talk fabrics:)

My fabric supplier was very
generous with this HARLOW 
collection from Northcott.
There is some truth to having too many decisions:)

Sometimes you need to try a new
technique, quilt style, or in this
case, a new block.

I have an affinity for pinwheel
blocks and tried something new 
this time by splitting one square of 
a half-square triangle set up 
before stitching together.  
It gives some fun extra movement.

Then you chain piece
every step of ...

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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.

Our Fabulous exhibit is 
now on display
at THE Quilters Hall of Fame
in Marion, Indiana. 
IF you can ...

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

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!
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.

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?!
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.......

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.
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.

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.

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.
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:
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:)
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 
Quilted in 1/4" cross hatch 
with feathered wreaths
at the intersections.

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.

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.
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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