Sunday, July 7, 2013

Last call for Q2 finishes, robins and some sewing

Baby Robins

First to catch you up with the robins. The babies were 3 and 4 days old yesterday (Saturday) and they are hungry.

Mommy Robin

The mommy and sometimes the dad too we think, still sit on the nest a lot too.

Mom feeding the baby robins

Action feeding shots are challenging, these are through my still dirty window. If I open the door she either sits on the nest or flys away or sometimes swoops at me. I wonder how she decides which one to feed.

Mom robin and hungry babies

I love the cuddle up to mom. You can also see all four beaks here, they are all fine.


The mom brings food but also regurgitates it for them, which is less gross when you remember that otherwise she would have to fly back and forth all the time and moms get tired, even robin moms. This is how she looks when she seems to be deciding if there is more in her tummy for them or not.

Octagonal Orb top done

On to quilts, I have been sewing some. Here is my Octagonal Orb top pieced. I am going to add a 6" border of just Kona Charcoal to bring it up to about 62" x 80". I am making the back from Kona Charcoal too and, if it works out, will add a bit of something to it too. I hope to spend the day quilting it so no time to fuss too long on the back. This block was designed by Elizabeth Hartman and the tutorial is here.

Half Hexagon block for Nicky

I spent a fair bit of Saturday afternoon making this block for Nicky for the Modern Stitching Bee. It is big, the bottom measures about 29" and the width is about 12 or 13". The pieced blocks are Arrowhead blocks by Wendy Hill in the Modern Blocks book. Nicky is going to make stars by putting two of these together and I think her quilt will be wonderful. Oh, and I get to deliver this one in person in less than a couple of weeks, in London at the Fat Quarterly Retreat,

I need to learn more about piecing triangles, however. I have nice joins on the front but I am at a loss about how to press the seams on the back so it is a bit of a hot mess there. I am sure there are tricks and tutorials - I so want to make a triangle quilt and need to get over this problem.

she can quilt

And it is your last day to link your Q2 finishes, go here to do that before midnight MST, July 7. There are many wonderful projects in the links, everyone is so talented. If you have a few minutes, check them out.

You can start making your Q3 lists, the link to post them opens for a week, starting on Monday morning, July 8.