Covert Robin Swap Update, Or How Quilters Are Really Awesome

Once in a while, we all have to deal with some crap.  Sometimes it’s our own and sometimes it’s from someone else.  And that’s just life.

I joined up with a swap a while back called the Covert Robin Swap — my first swap ever!  It seemed easy and fun — get matched with another crafter, stalk them online a little bit to figure out what they like, then make a small gift.  The crafter to whom you were giving a gift was not the one from whom you received a gift, so it was all a big mystery.

When I received my giftee’s name, I read her blog and learned about her and her family.  I spent a long time trying to decide what to make because I wanted it to be special.  That’s why we do swaps, right?  To brighten another’s day?  You can read about that gift here.

And then I waited, so anxiously, to hear from my Covert Robin.  I read the blogs of all the participants to see what they were making, and if there was a hint that it was for me.  When the mailing deadline passed, I would check my mail in anticipation, expecting a package!  In all honestly, I really invested too much emotional energy into it.  It was emotional energy I did not have, and that was my folly, because I began to get really bitter about swaps and any kind of exchanges.

But, there was a light at the end of it all…. well, two lights, actually!  Their names are Clara and Jennie.  You might know them as Clover and Violet.  When they heard that I (along with another swapper) had not received an exchange gift, they got to work.  In the middle of their busy lives, with children and sewing and patterns and their shop, they went to work.

And this is what they made:

Covert Robin Gifts from Clover & Violet

Look at these sweet handmade goodies!! And two patterns, including an Anne handbag pattern? I have been eying that one! And a Mollie magazine? And all these awesome notions? (Seriously, how did I live without a turner??)


They put together such a sweet and amazing gift package that I hardly know how to thank them.  Because thank you isn’t enough when someone (or two) restore your faith in something.  I know that sounds overly dramatic, but I had let this whole thing get me so turned off swaps.  And these two wonderful, sweet, and caring women turned that around.

As for my Covert Robin, if you are reading this, please know that it’s ok, whatever happened.  Speaking from experience, I know that sometimes we all have to deal with some crap.  I deal with my own personal health-related crap every day, and sometimes things just don’t work out.  And that’s just life.  No hard feelings… life is too short for those.



Quilt Market Decompress

Thanks to fellow Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild member, Caroline Press at Trillium Design, I was able to check out Quilt Market in Portland this year.  I am still decompressing from that whirlwind weekend!  So many people to meet, quilts to admire, fabrics to drool over, and evening events to enjoy.

Before we went to the Market on Friday, we went to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s meeting on Thursday night.  Not only was Alissa Haight Carlton speaking about the Modern Quilt Guild changes, but Jacquie Gering was speaking!  Even if I could not have gone to Quilt Market, I would have come to Portland for that meeting.  The Portland Guild made us feel so welcome with reserved, front-fow seats.  So, the pictures I have of Jacquie and her quilts are a little wonky… they were just right in front of our faces and sometimes we couldn’t even get the whole quilt in the picture.  Not that I am complaining at all!

Some of my favorite highlights from Market were:

1) Walking through those doors with my badge!

2) Meeting long-admired quilters — everyone from Angela Walters, Tula Pink, Allison Glass, Monica Solorio-Snow, Jacquie Gering, Alissa Haight Carlton… the list goes on and on!

3) Meeting new quilt friends, especially those whose inspiring blogs I have read over the last year.

But how does one sum up so much into mere words?  The convention floor was so PACKED with booths it was mind-boggling.  We frequently had to stop and figure out which way we had come from and which way we needed to go.

So, instead of writing words, I’m just going to post some pictures.  Enjoy!



Work in Progress Wednesday (and major catch-up!)

Here’s what I’m working on this week… plus what was missed over the past few weeks.


Weekly WIP 5.1.13

Last week I celebrated my paper piecing breakthrough, and here is the final block for the Simply Solids bee:

Simple Solids Bee: April Block

Simple Solids Bee: April Block

So fun!  Our May block is another paper pieced star — can’t wait to get started!


And here’s what has been taking up my time this week:

A little something I'm working....

A little something I’m working on….


Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!







Weekly Update: Paper Piecing Success

If you missed the comedy act that was my first try at paper piecing last week, you might not understand why this little block makes me so happy:

Paper Piecing Success!

Paper Piecing Success!


And with this new skill, I can confidently start working on the paper pieced star from Fresh Lemons Quilts that was chosen for the block of the month by Elvy Crafts for the Simply Solids bee.

Planning, pulling, learning...

Planning, pulling, learning…

One fourth of the April block... gotta mail it by Saturday.

One fourth of the April block…
Gotta mail it by Saturday.


Moving on to more solids!   The wall-hanging blocks are complete and waiting to be sewn together.  I’m looking forward to quilting this one.

Can you find the pattern?

Can you find the pattern?


And on the horizon, I’ve been pulling and buying these fabrics…

In the planning stages...

In the planning stages…


What are you working on this week?

Happy quilting!





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