"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Sunday, May 18, 2014

FNSI and Relaxed Robin

Another weekend comes to an end, and I actually have some stitching to share with you.  I started this little quilt as my version of the Relaxed Robin

I started the checkerboard border on Friday night, and finished it today.  I’m thinking of adding a narrow white border next, and then a wider border using the yellow print that is surrounding the picket fence.  I’m also considering either appliqueing for embroidering something small in the white corners.  Any suggestions?

Most of this fabric is from the very first fat quarter bundle that I ever purchased.  A friend at work asked me to make a baby quilt for her to give as a gift, and I suggested this project, because it was fabric that I already had so I didn't have to invest a lot of cash, which will make it more affordable for her. 

I got a late start on Friday night, because after dinner, we drove around and took some flood pictures.  We received nearly 4 inches of rain on Thursday night, and local streams and rivers were flooding.

This is normally a small mild-mannered little creek, approximately one fourth this wide.  The trees and geese are actually in a back yard.













We were quickly losing light, but there was one more place I wanted to visit. 


This bridge was actually an old aquaduct over a creek.  It’s also a stone arch bridge, that we often kayak under.  You can barely see the very top of the arches.  It was amazing to see how high the water was.  Needless to say, we didn’t kayak on the river or the creek this weekend.

That didn’t stop us from kayaking on a lake, though!  It was chilly, windy, and partly cloudy.  This is the first time I’ve ever kayaked and wished I had ear muffs.


Here’s Mr. QD as we were starting out.  Note the jacket!  The lake level was quite high from all the rain, and very muddy.  Moments after this, DH got a little too close to the spillway, and nearly had a very serious accident.  Fortunately, all’s well that ends well, and I think he learned a very valuable lesson.  I wasn’t near him at the time, because I’m a chicken, and I was worried the current would pull me too close to the spillway.    hmmmmm…

This is an unusual visitor.  I think it’s a common loon, in winter plumage.  If anyone else knows better, please let me know.  He’s blurry, but it’s hard to focus on a moving bird on moving moving water from a moving boat.

Have a great week!         Sunny


  1. I was going to say nice bit of rain for Kayaking and then I scrolled down to see you were in the water. thankfully DH is alright. Silly Boy!!!
    Lovely little baby Quilt you finished for FNSI..
    How is your SHRR going. Mine is hanging in our club room on display....

  2. The baby quilt is very cute. I will be watching for what you do next with the borders. Glad there were no mishaps while you were kayaking! The water can be so dangerous sometimes.

  3. Great work on your quilt. Great to use those fabrics.
    You sure did get a lot of rain. Lovely photos.

  4. Wow Sunny your quilt is looking fantastic and love all your pics.xx

  5. So much water ... Keep safe ... Lovely little quilt ...

  6. That's a lot of water! Lovely pictures, and such a pretty little quilt!

  7. Such a sweet quilt. Amazing photos of your flooding...glad Mr QD was safe.

  8. Glad you didn't follow the husband! Never understood how rain could leave so much water so fast until we lived in Oklahoma, I was always too afraid to cross a river on the road so I drove around (a few miles!) and I drove a big truck! SO glad you are both safe & cute quilt!

  9. Sweet baby quilt and wow that is a lot of water , glad there were no mishaps . That does look like a loon , maybe a young one that has yet developed the colourful plumage ?

  10. Hi Sunny, Thank you for finding me and introducing me to your lovely blog. Your quilt looks beautiful. The flooding looks bad I hope the water has now receded. Sarah x

  11. love your relaxing robin. how about something in the corners to entice the bunnies? carrots? lettuce?
    cute cute
    I need to get back to mine after the gardening is done
    I miss my daily sewing :-(

  12. I love your relaxed robin quilt--
    it is coming along so cute--
    keep working on it--
    time is flying-------------
    hugs, di and miss gracie

  13. What a sweet baby quilt. If you are thinking of an applique motif, what about repeating the bunnies from the earlier round. Hope the water is down soon. Chilly weather for Kayaking.

  14. You are one brave lady Sunny, kayaking in those conditions! that's amazing about barely being able to see the arches under the bridge... lovely pics! x

  15. Beautiful quilt. You can send any spare rain you have to South Australia please xxxx

  16. Good on you pulling out your relaxed round robin! I really want to finish mine this year.... I'd love to give it to my yd for Christmas - that gives me 6 months.. And I always enjoy seeing where you go kayaking, occasionally we have to pull our kayak out to cross our river when it floods - that current sure can be tricky to work with!!


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