Lone Robin 5th element!


For the 5th element of the Lone Robin we are adding crosses or X’s. Above is what I might do, and leave the extra space for element 6. However I made a bunch of examples for EBHQ of the many options possible. Here are all the options I tried, even though I wouldn’t use all of them in one quilt!

Options 5

In looking at these options, I realized that I wanted thicker bars to my X’s, except for the 3 color, Sujata Shah style ones on top.

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Lone Robin with the 4th element

Lone Robin with squares

The 4th element to be added to the Lone Robin is squares. The squares can be regular squares or wonky squares. I’m adding a lot of squares to the bottom. I haven’t sewn the squares to the rest of the quilt because I’m waiting to see what comes next!

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Fast baby quilt

DJ baby quilt

This is the baby quilt I’m almost finished with. I’ve already put the binding on. All it needs is the label, which will be heart shaped. It’s a two sided quilt and I don’t want the label to detract from the back. Here’s the back
DJ baby quilt back


This is a present for my friend Robin’s grandson, who hasn’t been born yet. I asked for the couple’s favorite colors. I was told, “ocean, forest, sun-just like our wedding colors.” so I gave them fish in the ocean on the front, and yellow and green on the back.

I didn’t look at the alphabet panel carefully when I first sewed the front together. I then realized that it was a double alphabet. I felt the quilt was too large in any case, so I took the second alphabet out, and sewed it back together, smaller.

DJ baby quilt first try

Here it is before I shortened it.

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Second EBHQ workshop with Latifah!

Latifah bias strips

Since I’m the co-chair of Workshops for EBHQ (East Bay Heritage Quilters), I get to take the workshops for free in exchange for my work. In the before times that meant setting up tables, buying the teacher’s lunch, making coffee, and organizing clean up. Now it means that I’m the Zoom host. Today’s workshop was all about bias tape quilts with Latifah Saafir. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I didn’t know that I would like working with bias tape so much! Here are the two blocks I made. Both are my own improvisational design.

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I took a Zoom workshop with Latifah Saafir!


Today EBHQ had its first Zoom workshop since Shelter In Place. Latifah Saafir was the teacher. This is her paper pieced Molehills pattern. Since I never make want to make someone else’s pattern or make a quilt that looks like someone else designed it, I’m thinking of inserting these arcs into a square or rectangular block, and making a baby quilt.



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Continuing to add to my hamsa quilt

Hamsa with strings

I had so much fun with the string blocks on the Lone Robin that I decided to add larger ones to this quilt. My question is what 4″ block to put in the corners? I was thinking of a liberated star on a background similar in color to the sashing, but now I’m thinking maybe lime green??

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Lone Robin with the third element

Lone Robin 3

Here’s my Lone Robin with the third prompt, stripes or strips. I used a foundation piecing technique that uses newspaper as the tear away foundation.

string 1

The first strip was 1.25.” The rest of the strips are either 1″ or 3/4″ I used a short stitch length of 1.5. string 2

Keep adding strips. The ends can be triangles rather than strips.

string 5

Trim from the back, using the paper as a guide.string 6

Here’s the finished block.

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It’s exactly 100 years since women won the right to vote!

Sherman-Claire-Still No ERA-FULL

Here’s my quilt for the online show 100 Years of Women’s Progress. Follow this link to see the whole show: https://www.centuryofwomensprogress.com/claire-sherman

Here’s what I wrote about this quilt:

Still No ERA

I remember when the first issue of Ms. Magazine hit the news stands. My mom bought it and read it. Then my sister and I devoured it from cover to cover. After that, Mom subscribed so that all of us could read it every month. I got my own subscription when I went away to college.

I was a teenager in the 1970’s when I first heard about the Equal Rights Amendment, (the ERA.) I was shocked to learn that it hadn’t been ratified yet, and it wasn’t part of the constitution. How could the constitution leave out something so fundamental? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The amendment needed to be ratified by 38 states before becoming part of the constitution. We were one state away from ratifying it, when the time limit ran out.

Twenty five years ago, my husband and I were thinking about names for our not yet born baby. The girl’s name we picked out happened to have the initials: ERA. Although we hadn’t done it deliberately, we very much liked that the initials of our child’s name would spell out ERA. (I didn’t change my name when I married, and my husband’s last name begins with an “A”). Frequently in emails, I would write “ERA,” instead of writing out my child’s full name. On my phone, “ERA” would flash when my first born called home. This year that child, now an adult, decided to legally change their first name to another name that starts with an “E,” that better reflects who they are now. I hesitantly asked, ‘what about your middle name?’ ‘No change’ was the answer! It turns out that ERA loves being ERA!

I wrote a haiku, but like many things in life, the words couldn’t be contained on just three lines.

100 years of
A woman’s right to vote. BUT
still no ERA?

 The background fabric, full of words and newspaper images symbolizes all the talk, arguments, and debates about the ERA that have surfaced since it was first introduced in Congress in 1923.

The scope of work available to women has completely transformed over the last 100 years. In designing this quilt I chose the “churn dash” block, named for part of a butter churn, to represent women’s work of 100 years ago. However the fabric in these blocks represents the work that women do today. Fabric with mathematical equations represents scientists, mathematicians, and technology workers. Radio circuitry fabric represents women in the media; film fabric represents women in the film industry; recipe fabric represents women in the food industry; fabric with a spool of thread represents women in the garment industry; the sheet music fabric is for the music industry; plus a mariner’s compass to help women find their way in the world.


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Lone Robin, round #2

Lone Robin with geese

Here is my Lone Robin with the second element: flying geese blocks. I chose to put them only along the top. There are now 100 quilters signed up for the Lone Robin with EBHQ, and possibly an equal number at SFQG, though there, they don’t sign up, they just do it. There are also a few quilters in the Liberated Quilters FB group making Lone Robin quilts, including one from New Zealand, who posted her Lone Robin on the SFQG page.

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More postcard swap

Postcard to Fredda


Here is the postcard I made and sent to Fredda. I used some of the fancy stitches I rarely use on my machine.

Postcard from Fredda

Above is the lovely postcard that Fredda mailed to me! She put a lot of hand stitching in it.

Postcard from Erna

Here is a lovely paper collaged, hand embroidered card that Ernestina gave me just because!


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