Jul 02 2017

Have you ever been on a course of action and, all of a sudden, there are side roads you didn’t anticipate, leading off into areas unknown?

Have you ever  had overwhelming life events change your direction before you know what has happened to you? Whoa! That’s what happened to me in January, and let me tell you, I am just now getting back in the swing of things.

Things going Smoothly 550 x 427 w typeCruising along the country road of life…

Hello, Quilters! This is SunbonnetSmart, or as I’m known in real life, Robin R. Talbott. When I started my online quilting presence, I was determined to stay out of the spotlight and let my Sunbonnet Dolls tell the tales of my quilting stories, designs, patterns and glory! You see, I was a quilt store owner in the 1980s-90s and the public face I had was very demanding. I was sure when I started back into quilting professionally after raising a family, I NEVER wanted to be so exposed again. I just wanted to enjoy the good stuff.  Making my quilts, pattern and designs.

But then, having fun on the Internet, meeting quilters from all over the world became an unexpected delight, and moreover, I realized how much I miss teaching quilting, seeing all of the new projects come into being and seeing my students faces light up when learning a new wrinkle. So, I decided to start teaching quilting online, adding another web site, a strictly quilting web site, to partner with my SunbonnetSmart.com For three years, I have worked on it, because, it takes a while for these “trifocally eyes” to focus up and down to make things happen on that computer screen.

Right Turn 600 x 450 retouch w type…one can take an unexpected turn leading…

So, three years I have worked on my teaching site, I know that’s not a record for speed, but you’ll find it IS a record for love, especially when one’s love is quilting. And, this year, I decided at Christmas, I was ready to launch. I decided my favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day would be perfect. The day of love combined with my love of quilting. What could be better? What could go wrong?!?

Oh, my! Well, in January, unexpectedly, as happens most times, cancer decided to pay our family a visit, when my sweet husband of twenty five years came back from the doctor with a positive scan. I’m in the same place emotionally, six months later, still waiting to exhale, as unsure of our future as I was January 19th, when he came home from the doctor.

Many Choices 600 x 450 w type…to dizzying arrays of problems & choices…

But, as with all “new normals,” eventually the tears give way to the thought of coming days, while realizing life goes on, even with cancer. And, so where I use to want to hide from publicity, public interaction and notoriety, now, lonesome in an uncertain flight path, I am hungry for camaraderie and companionship. As I have so many times before in my life,  I am turning to quilting help through the hard times. And, what better way to enjoy quilting, than to begin to interact with quilters by teaching, once again?

Virginia's House 600 x 450 w type…where the family becomes a firm priority…

I hope you’ll be with me as I venture forth to new quilting heights and new family challenges. I am looking forward to supporting you in your quilting ventures, as well, and to working toward our mutual benefit as we strengthen the SunbonnetSmart community. Out of every hardship comes a new opportunity. I just know my new web site, soon to be announced will bring lots of good times to us all. Don’t forget! I’ve been working on it for THREE YEARS.

Winter Sky 600 x 450 w type…to anchor the soul through rough seas ahead.

Yes! I have been anticipating my new online presence and all of the new quilting friends I’ll meet for a long time. There are LOTS of surprises in store. I cannot wait to make quilty memories together.

Come back and visit with me. I’ll keep the water on for tea!

 

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Dec 19 2016

Even after a lifetime of quilting, I am always amazed at how changing the colors of a quilt pattern can drastically alter the visual effect.

This morning, when curating Internet articles for my SunbonnetSmart Newsflash, I found a wonderful post by AnneMarie Chany, the genius behind the web site and blog, “Gen X Quilters.” The timing on the post couldn’t be better as, with a theme of, “chocolate,” who can complain?  This is definitely the season for visions of sweets and sugarplums, and, even better,  AnneMarie’s annual Chocolatier BOM, or Block of the Month, Quilt-A-Long beginning in January, 2017.

Chocolatier BOM Modern Milk 472 x 394 w type

The Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt

Sharing an annual Chocolatier BOM Quilt seems to have become a tradition with AnneMarie. She has several variations displayed, the original that she made, herself, and two others by friend quilters. Because all three quilts are the same pattern, it is fun to see the differences in visual effect, just because the fabrics and colors have changed. In her Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt, above, AnneMarie used solid colors.

Chocolatier Dipped Strawberry 472 x 394 w type

Dipped Strawberry Chocolatier BOM Quilt

Here is a variation, called “Dipped Strawberry,” made with the The Jinny Beyer Palette, using more traditional prints, so says Anne Marie. The interplay of the white, black and gray are striking and unusual, making for a great conversation piece. The name of Dipped Strawberry creates interest as it aptly describes the pinks, reds and browns providing an elegant, and satisfying, mental image.

Chocolatier Cherry Cordial 472 x 394 w type

Cherry Cordial Chocolatier BOM Quilt

The third variation, “Cherry Cordial,” is a favorite of mine, because the colors do remind me of my FAVORITE candy, Chocolate Covered Cherries! Malam Batiks in succulent reds, pinks and warm browns make me want to RUN to my favorite candy store. Oh! And, yes…hee-hee…I DO have one and here it is! I wish we could go together to the Candy Kitchen, in Frederick, MD. The sweet shop has been there since I was a kid and has been our “Go-To” candy store all those years. H-m-m-m, why am I going to the kitchen to raid the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips?

But, OOPS! Back to quilting…

AnneMarie is beginning her Block of the Month class on her Chocolatier pattern on January 1, 2017, which is coming soon. If you like this LeMoyne Star pattern base that makes up into a 72″ x 72″ square, signing up to join in might be lots of fun. AnneMarie structures her tutorials in a very user-friendly, detailed manner. Read her blog post giving lots of specs on her Chocolatier BOM course to see what I mean and see if it might be a good fit.

AnneMarie delights is sharing her methods and fabric lines, so that if you want your work to exactly mirror hers, you can. The fabric colors are listed and yardages given so you have a head start on getting things ready for class. Her teaching piece this year will be a Chocolatier in a rainbow color variation, which you can also mirror, if that’s what you’d like to make. LOTS of possibilities in this smaller project of six blocks!

Why not take on a brand new project for the New Year? This one has a nice history, and the bugs are worked out and long gone!

AnneMarie Chany is a well known quilter, author and teacher who enjoys sharing her patterns. AnneMarie’s book, Sister Sampler Quilts, encourages readers to design their own quilts using 25 interchangeable sister blocks and 3 sampler quilts that challenge traditional grid layouts with fun, innovative settings

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Filed under: Quilting,Roof — admin @ 12:54 am Comments (0)
Nov 27 2016

Looking through my list of wonderful quilting web sites I keep handy, I hit a lollapaloozer of a post.

Checking up on the latest with Rebecca at, “Cheeky Cognoscenti,” I read her post from yesterday, Saturday, November 26, 2016, and it wore me out. Look at what she has accomplished and still has enough strength to blog about it! #AMAZing

First Rebecca shares a lovely, many piece Pineapple Log Cabin block, done to perfection, then tells how her family decorated the entire house and put up two trees since Thanksgiving, meanwhile showing her magnificent hoop-skirted vintage gown, her latest Farmer’s Wife blocks and continuing to work on her Jingle BOM, or Block of the Month quilt, following a pattern by Erin Russek. Wow! *FanningFaceSwooning* I had to fix a cup of tea and take a nap, before I could gather myself to read more.

But, I couldn’t stay away, and after having a protein shake and running laps, I returned to check out the links Rebecca was sharing.

Erin Russek Jingle Blocks orig 472 x 392 type

Clicking on the link just over the photo of Erin Russek’s Jingle BOM Quilt, I found a WONDERFUL list of each months’ patterns, in downloadable PDFs, for *FREE.* As Erin says, “Here you go friends…all the Jingle BOM blocks in one place.” Woo-Hoo!

I spent quite a while downloading the patterns, after all, sometimes web sites come and go, and I just HAVE to have those Cardinal blocks!

So, why not run over to Rebecca’s corner of the Internet, click on her link for Erin Russek’s Jingle BOM and do the same! Let your housework go while you collect the patterns for another project! YAY! Quilters after my own heart.

Check on her latest post, “And Now, Happy ADVENT! Let the Madness Begin…,” by going here.

That’s the link where all the happiness happens!

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Nov 25 2016

With the advent of modern quick piecing methods, it’s easy to assume we time-pressed quilters invented all of our time-saving, stash-busting options. When it comes to string quilts, though, quilters long gone by, regularly used the pattern. Let’s look at some old and new variations.

FretNotYourself's Red Strings Blocks

Here’s a current example of a lovely set of blocks in progress, “Red String Blocks,” being worked by Ann of the web site and blog, “FretNotYourself.” Ann shares her design considerations as she has made a bunch of string blocks from her stash and, in her post, is deciding how they should be placed. You’ll enjoy working through her thought process when you go to her post, by clicking here.

marshastringfull Quiltville type

Bonnie Hunter is a great giver of gifts on her web site, Quiltville.com She features patterns, tutorials, quilters and their quilts while instructing us every step of the way. Marsha R’s “Scrap Boxes” quilt is a great teaching example for one method of making string quilts. Notice that the angle of the strips is set by the strip in the center of each block, which runs corner to corner. Remember the importance of the center strip in String Quilt blocks! Click here to follow along as Bonnie shares working a string quilt up from a box of scraps, to an eye catching beauty.

Sloppy String Quilts

If you have the string quilt bug, already, “Strips & Strings,” by Evelyn Sloppy is one of the best books I’ve found for increasing skills in a clear, easy format. By clicking on the photo of the book, above, you can go to Amazon and learn more, using my affiliate link.

Laura Fisher Quilts String Squares type 472 x 394

With this vintage string quilt, called, “String Squares,” by LauraFisherQuilts.com. we can see a different variation, as the center strip is not regular in width, but varies. As the blocks are aligned in straight sets, their center strips don’t have to match to form a secondary pattern. The strips can vary their width within the block and from block to block. It’s a happy, “free for all,” where everybody wins, with the ole’ stash box coming in first place. This quilt is for sale and can be seen on display in all of its glory here. Be sure to pack a lunch and set aside some time, because looking through Laura’s stock of antique quilts may distract you for a while.

TimQuilts Melon String Quilt 472 x 394 type

In this string quilt, Tim Latimer shows us how he takes older quilt blocks, trues them to their pattern and refurbishes them. His melon pieces were string pieced many years ago. Watching him rework this quilt, “Melon Piecing,” is inspiration to try string piecing with other non-conventional shapes. Strips can be sewn to a backing, then most any shape cut out. Yes! The prospect opens up a whole new world. You can follow along with Tim by going to his web site, TimQuilts.com found here.

Tim Quilts String Diamonds Pieces 472 x 394 type

Tim continues to share his vintage quilt collection showing a Spider Web quilt he’s re-doing. While the quilt, seen in its entirety, seems to be made up of large hexagons, it is actually string pieced diamonds. Notice that the center strip is of an even width, all the way across, and it is exactly the same width on each diamond. The even width of the center strip is what makes this quilt pattern a Spider web, while the one shown below, on Barbara Brackman’s web site is known as a, “Victorian Puzzle.”

Barbara Brackman String Pieced 472 x 394 type

The “Victorian Puzzle,” block  is made like the Spider Web, but the center strip varies in width from one side to the other. All of the diamond center strips, making up the hexagons, are carefully cut in the same way. The widths of the outer strips vary and are hit or miss, making for a scrappy look. The varying widths are anchored by the regularity of the repetitive, predictable center strip. Join Barbara as she discusses string quilt blocks cut in a diamond shape that form into hexagons by going here.  The subtle variations possible, with just a bit of adjustment, make for vastly different overall effects, using the same skills.

Here’s a video that shows several different string quilt methods. Maybe you’ll be trying one for your next quilt!

 

 Colleen Tauke, of Fons & Porter, demonstrates three different String Piecing patterns.

 

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Filed under: Quilting — admin @ 2:46 am Comments (0)
Jun 18 2014

Many sewers and quilters pride themselves on sewing without pins.

They somehow feel it elevates their command of the skill, demonstrating they are able to precisely feed fabric past a feed-dog at lightening speeds.

Nothing could be further from my truth. I use zillions of pins, the more the better, removing each one as it approaches the needle, having insured proper placement for the intended stitches. I need my pins. I love my pins. And, I wouldn’t work without them.

Pins Side w typeFive inch squares with side sashing pinned in place.

I feel secure with my pins, while I scoff at those who feel I’m below them in the quilting pecking order. Am I to be defined by my abundant use of pins? Are you who “do without” really, truly a better quilter? Isn’t the finished product, a rigid cross hatch of perfectly met corners and uncompromising 45º diagonals the true test of quilting merit? Are the biddy’s at the Quilt Shows with their half glasses pranced mid-nose able to qualify your work as “Sans Pins” upon inspection? Ha! I say not!

Pins Close up w typeGazillions of pins help make zillions of Quilt Squares.

So let me wallow with my pins in ignorant bliss, while feeling secure as to the outcome of my work. I stand firm in my belief that pinning prevents unexpected mix-ups, fly-aways and fall-aparts. No matter what happens to my quilting space, my in-progress work will be preserved. Not so with that reckless Latifah Saafir, the “Quilting Engineer,” who publicly sews “Glam” Clamshell Tops without pins holding the pieces together. Just take a gander at this:

Maybe you won’t break out in hives watching
this pin free video, but I did.

See? See? Did you see that? Amazing! But then, to my taste, I could pin that curved seam before the first notch pretty fast, then not have to futz with it while it’s in the machine. Everybody finds their own best way to do things, once basic skills are learned, so maybe I am talking to a legion of healthy, happy non-pinners. If so, I salute you, saying, “How would I know?”

Overview Pins w typeAh! Everything is in secure order.

But, as for me, I shall continue to revel in boxes, and boxes, of yellow headed quilting pins, loving them, tending to them, making sure they are dry and sharp, while ready for duty. I will lovingly make them pincushions, sharpen them with emory and promise never to leave them alone in the damp. For, as my pins go, so goes my sewing. And, that’s the truth!

So, ‘fess up! Are you a pinner? Non-pinner? Or fall somewhere in between? I promise not to take it personally.

Let me know by Commenting below, Tweeting to @SunbonSmart or following SunbonnetSmart on Instagram. The whole world is waiting!

 Sewing wihtout pins

Sewing Without Pins for Everyone

 

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Filed under: Quilting,Roof — admin @ 11:59 pm Comments (1)
Jun 02 2014

Crazy letters! What in the world do they mean? If you are are a scientist, a quilter or observe the Chakra energy centers, you probably know!

The letters ROYGBIV stand for the colors of the rainbow, or visible light spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. All of the light we see is divided up into these colors or their variations. In addition, white is the absence of any color and black is the summation of all of the colors.

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 Rainbows are spectrums in the sky.

Working as fabric artists, the appreciation for and understanding of color is essential. Quilters love color so much that sometimes, they want to display the whole spectrum in one quilt. There are infinite ways to play with the patterns to include all seven colors, and their infinite variations. Quilts that include all seven colors of the spectrum are called ROYGBIV Quilts. They have become so popular, that some quilt shows and exhibits have separate ROYGBIV entry categories.

Jessica, the quilter behind the web site and blog, “Quilty Habit,” decided to make a quilt to celebrate her wedding. She decided upon a glorious ROYGBIV Dresden Plate, full of love and outstanding color blends. Be sure and visit Jessica and share in her joy.

Quilty Habit Rainow Center

 A ROYGBIV Dresden Plate by Jessica of “Quilty Habit

Scientists study color, just as they do all other natural phenomenon, in fact, at RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory has been granting Masters Degrees and Ph.D.’s in the theory and science of color since 1983. This course of study is not the artistic application of color, as one would find in art school, but rather, the actual scientific study with research on wavelengths of light as they interact and are perceived by the eye.

If you are interested in the study of color, both artistic and scientific, this list, found on the web site, Color Matters, will be valuable.

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Jun 01 2014

Using an extra block between traditional blocks can add a compelling eye-catcher. #quilt #quilting

Welcome to SunbonnetSmarters joining in from Facebook! I was tooling around the Internet when I found Kay MacKensie’s wonderful “ruminations,” as she says, of her fondness for Jill Finley’s book from Martingale Press called, “Home Sweet Quilt.” Kay’s web site and blog, “All about Applique,” has much to offer, and in reading today’s post, I noticed a fun and simple design option easy to employ in your next project.

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“Winding Down”

Traditional quilts often use “Solid Sets,” where all blocks are the same pattern. Or, they can alternate a pattern block with a same sized block of fabric to produce, “Alternate Sets.”Here, a simple Pin Wheel block, made of half square triangles get dressed up!

Jill Finley introduces a bit of sashing and a single half square triangle block to join her patterned “Alternate Set” blocks on the diagonal. What an interesting effect! It gives more negative space where the eye can rest, while surprising the viewer with an unexpected rhythm. To enjoy Kay’s web site and read her review of Jill’s book, go here.

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Jan 06 2014

Not really. What I really mean is, “STAND OUTTA MY WAY!”

On a morning when I thought things would be back to normal after the holidays, I awakened to an e-mail from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Now, every morning I check Jenny Doan’s Daily Deal, but I wasn’t expecting to find a BIG “2014 Kick Starter Sale.”

1 Quilting Fenzy

Under the Daily Deal is that
“2014 KICKSTARTER SALE” RED PRINT

(click on the image to go there)

OH MY GOODNESS! The 10″ Tumbler Template, Tula Pink’s “Acacia” Layer Cake,” the “Starflakes and Glitter” Layer Cake for $20 (with those little figures I just LOVE, but couldn’t bring myself to buy because it was Christmas Fabric), and one of my all time favorites, but never purchased, “Happy Tones” Layer Cake.

So here’s what I did:

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Printed off the 3 Layer Cakes, full size onto 81/2″ x 11″ paper.
(Click on all images to enlarge.)

 

Three Fabrics

Played with the three sheets of paper
to make sure the fabrics go together.

 

2 QF Happy Tones

“Happy Tones:” The Light

 

3 QF Snowflakes and glitter

“Starflakes and Glitter:” The Medium

 

4 QF Acacia Layer Cake

“Acacia:” The Dark and the “zip”

 

5 QF Tumbler

The coveted 10″ Layer Cake Tumbler Ruler

 

6 QF Almost $100

ALMOST up to $100, so I grabbed a charm pack off the list.

 

7 QF $100.24

And here we have it! 5% Bonus Quilter’s Cash
Points, *FREE* shipping, a Tumbler Template,
3 Layers Cakes and 2 Charm Packs for $100.24.

 

I have outdone myself. My heart is beating so hard. It’s time for a nap, But, before I go! If you want to make this quilt along with me, order the same or your choice of three layer cakes from Jenny’s “2014 Kickstarter Sale” page and we’ll all quilt together for our first “Quilt with Me” quilt along.

See what you think. I can’t wait to see how many SunbonnetSmartsters are as nutty as I am.

And, if you want to order, JUMP IN as Missouri Star runs out of their popular specials quite often!

Thanks for reading along. You all are the ones that make my quilting SO MUCH FUN!



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Jan 01 2014

Oh, for Heaven’s sake. Iron Quilter II! Ha! my hopes were high and my ambition keen, but it was not enough to keep away the daunting forces of evil.

I was moving and shaking; cutting and basting; ironing, sewing and having a great time. But, during the day on Thanksgiving, I came down with something or another. It was an illness profound in its implications as well as in its dibilitating effects. I was queasy peasy, but kept on rotary cutting, stacking and whacking, because nothing was going to take me down.

 Pinwheel blocks coming out my ears.

I was starting to lag behind my self imposed goals, but well, never one to quit, I kept going. I was having fun sewing, which is my life’s work, afterall. But, by Friday, the die was cast. I was so sick, I no longer cared about ANYTHING, which made it very easy to stop sewing and just go to bed. And, go to bed, I did.

Getting some air.

So, where does that leave me? Well, it took about three weeks until I finally felt better. By that time, many wonderful quilts, 450 of them (!) had been submitted to the Missouri Star Company for display on line to gather popular votes. The winners had been selected, posted and promoted, while I was in the ring with the “death plague,” as one blogger called it. It seemed to be going around.

Trimming unruly 4″ squares to exactly 4 1/2″.

And, far from being on line, my Iron Quilter II quit sat in a storage box waiting for the light of day. But, as a result of my efforts, I have designed a new quilt pattern, have the quilt about 3/4 of the way finished and, am motivated to start a “Quilt with Me” quilt along to provide instruction for those who want to learn traditional and fast piecing methods in a group. Actually, I am pleased with the whole experience. It really got me into the thick of competition quilt designing again. It was time to dust off those brains cells and I did!

So, be sure to go visit the winning quilts and their quilters at the Missouri Star Facebook Fan Page. They are spectacular! And, I am already planning my pattern for the Iron Quilter III, which I bet that clever fabric maven, Jenny Doan, will announce next fall.

It sure doesn’t hurt that I honed my skills a year ahead in preparation. Gr-r-r! Those other quilters better watch out!

 

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Nov 26 2013

As one might predict, because of my name, Robin, when I was a child, my favorite literary character was Robin Hood. But, this was also because of the available bounty of children’s TV programming. Every Saturday, I watched the series, “Robin Hood,” with the lead played by Richard Greene, taking it very seriously.

And, my interest didn’t end there. Oh no. Genderly progressive beyond my years, I wore green tights and a pseudo-medieval green tunic while playing my hero. But, that’s not all. While dressed in my Sherwood Forest regalia, I rode my white Schwinn bike around our neighborhood, envisioning myself as Robin Hood on his horse. The only thing missing was my bow and arrow, but by Christmas, that need was answered, allowing me to ride my bike with the bow slung over my chest. If I do say so myself, I cut a trim figure in the saddle, especially when I stood up on the pedals to coast.

My favorite Robin Hood episode was the Archery Tournament, where that crafty Sheriff of Nottingham gleefully set up a sting operation to entice Robin, the Earl of Locksley, to come into Nottingham for an archery contest to determine, “…the finest archer in England.” The pride of winning the contest draws Robin and his Merry Men out of Sherwood Forest only to fall into the Sheriff’s trap. After shooting an arrow that splits his opponent’s arrow, already shot into the target bulls eye, Robin’s identity is proclaimed, causing the Sheriff to take action against him.

Egad, the drama! The pathos! The lute music! The dancing! What? The dancing? Yes! The dancing! Aye, they were Merry Men.

Why here, watch it for yourself!

 

Robin Hood “The Challenge”

And, so now, having set the scene, let’s fast forward to 2013. Years have passed. My Schwinn bike hangs in the garage. My archery set was stolen during a move. But, the burning passion for reenacting Robin Hood has not dimmed one iota. So you can imagine my delight when Missouri Star Quilt Company, in Hamilton, MO, announced a quilting challenge, the Iron Quilter II, to determine the finest quilter in the Missouri Star Quilting world. My dreams of competing, soon to be fulfilled, I read every word of the contest rules, ordered my RJR Fabric, the  “Lovely” line by Debbie Beaves, and began designing a quilt pattern to be shared on-line. My dreams from years before were coming true. Here, you can catch the fever, yourself:

The Iron Quilter II

So, now you know what I’ll be doing all week. Sewing away at quilting patches and appliques, crafting an entry fit for presenting to Jenny Doan, the guiding light behind the Missouri Star Quilt Company. While it may look I’m calm, cool and collected, the thrill of honing my skills and competing in the Iron Quilter is is all consuming. Thanksgiving means nothing compared to the finishing of my entry.

Iron Q 1 Raw

But, don’t worry about me. While you’re basting your turkey in the oven, I’ll be basting and pinning 100% cotton fabric. While you’re eating pumpkin pie with whipped topping, I’ll be be making a quilt top, batting and backing sandwich to be machine quilted with angles and swirls.

So, don’t feel sorry for me. You know I’ll be fine, because I’m competing in a contest as SunbonnetSmart, that I never could as Robin Hood.



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