november 24

I’m so very excited to be finally quilting this today!  Outside rain is drizzling, I finished my shopping for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and I have a few hours unspoken for.  I’ve loved working on this quilt; the vibrant colors of orange and blue are cheery and bold.  The baby it’s intended for was born months ago, but somehow I think the weary parents will be thrilled just the same!  Stay tuned for a finished shot!

Fabric for SALE!

I Sold it!  Thank you for your interest!  Stay tuned for more!

I sold all of my fabric in a very short time!  Makes me think I should do more of this!  So today, I have a collection of blues, all at least fat-quarter size. I’m selling this little pack for $20 plus $6 S&H (small flat rate box).  Just leave a comment or email me at!

On another note, I’ve submitted proposals to the Maui Quilt Guild as well as the Oahu Modern Quilt Guild to teach.  If you are a member of either of these guilds, please put in a good word for me!  I’d love to teach again! Cheers!

robinNovember 18, 2015 - 6:03 am

Sure thing Kim! It’s yours!

kimNovember 18, 2015 - 5:26 am

Robin it is kim again. If the blue bundle is available I would love to purchase it also. Let me know. Thanks Kim


Addendum: I quickly sold out after posting this post.  Thank you to those who purchased my fabric!  I hope you like them!

I have some leftover fabric from my class.  These are fabrics I dyed myself, and with all hand-dyed fabrics, slight variations in colors expected.  I can tell you tho, the variations are slight; no mottling here.  I’m selling them for $20 per five, clustered as you see them here.  Each piece is at least a fat quarter… that is, at least 18″ x 22″,  I only highlight this because some of the fabric I dye is 108″ wide not the typical 44,” so the cut might not be exactly a quarter yard.  Don’t worry, I erred on the side of generosity.  Anyway, please email me if you want to purchase a pack!  When I sell these, I’ll simply leave a comment… this pack is sold, that pack is sold… it’s easier for me to do that while I’m out and about, than modifying this blog post.  So please, check my comments to see if a pack you like has been sold. Cheers!

Grey, Golden Brown, Dark Orange, Gold and Yellow:

Celery, Gold, Grey and Browns:Violet, Browns, Grey and Gold:

Celery, Golds, Dark Orange and Grey:Yellow, Blues and Grey:

robinNovember 14, 2015 - 5:20 am

Thank you so much Kim! Ok folks, all sold out! I guess I need to get busy and dye more fabric! Cheers!

Kim fishbackNovember 14, 2015 - 5:11 am

Robin, If there is a celery pack, I would like to buy it also. You could add it to my pkg. Kim

robinNovember 13, 2015 - 6:27 am

Great! Thank you! I’ll ship in a medium flat rate box. Please email me at so we can manage the details.

Ok readers, I only have the celery packs left!

Kim fishbackNovember 13, 2015 - 3:39 am

I would like to purchase one yellow blue and grey pack, one violet, brown grey and gold pack and one grey, golden brown, dark orange, gold and yellow pack. I live in Washington and I’m not sure what the shipping would be.Do you ship to the US? I love your colors. Thanks, Kim

Class Recap


Last weekend I taught two classes in two days on Oahu.  What fun!  Seriously, I was a little nervous and uncertain about how these classes were going to turn out, but thank goodness they went just fine and the students seemed to have a very nice time.  After a brief introduction and explanation of the project, I was pleased to see the room burst into activity, color everywhere.


Of course we covered the discussions on value, line, shape… flow, repetition, color… all the things I had in mind while preparing for this class.  Of course there were the tips on cutting and sewing curves, the review of bindings and a chat here and there about what it means to make a quilt entirely of one’s self.  What I hadn’t imagined, and was completely thrilled to learn, was how much I gained with the beautiful interactions I had with my students.  There was the woman who talked about her husband making a watch piece-by-piece. The man (yes, I had a male student… happy face) who not only didn’t mind that I giggled every time I went near his area, he surprised me at the end of the day by telling me that he had just made his first quilt!  Another person was enjoying life after major surgery, a couple of women chatted to me about their children, and finally there was this woman… Loraine, who at 92 was one of my most diligent students!  She gave me cookies and and told me stories about her life before getting married, all while smiling from ear to ear! “I never made a quilt like this!” she happily exclaimed, as she cut into her fabric and sewed another seam.  Yes indeed, I appreciate how years of my work in the studio have brought me to a place where I can speak about quilt making with some sort of authority, but by far the biggest thrill of my experience was not being in charge, or being the one that everybody looked to, it was simply the joy of meeting new people and getting to know a little about their lives!  

If you would like to see me teach in your area, send me a note!  I’d love to show you my brand of making quilts!


robinNovember 12, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Of course I remember you! You used to work for MPD as dispatch… I always wanted to pick your brain, you must have LOTS of stories to tell! Anyway, Yes! I’d love to come teach! Perhaps I could do some fishing around to see if there is a guild or two around there that wouldn’t mind splitting the cost of airfare. I’d love to continue teaching my “brand” of quilt-making. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Janey HerreraNovember 12, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Hi Robin, don’t know if you remember me. I’m friends with Penny, Alyson, Shel, etc. and was part of the guild for about 7 years. I love following your blog about quilts and my other passion, photography. I live in Gig Harbor, WA now and would love to have our guild consider you as a speaker/teacher if you are ever interested in combining a trip to the mainland with us. We are about an hour from Seattle – lots of things to see and do! Glad to see you are teaching! Aloha.

november 5, 2015

Wow, where has the time gone? Here it is November already,  and I’ve been spending time lately getting ready for a couple of classes I’m going to teach this weekend on Oahu!  My studio is a mess, but the work looks great! I was hoping to die a little fabric today, but the weather outside looks ominous. It’s all good; goodness knows I have plenty of other things to do! Wish me luck as I embark on a new adventure on my quilting career.  By this time next week I’m hoping to have lots of inspiring photos to share with you!  Cheers!

JulieAnn CovarNovember 6, 2015 - 6:43 pm

Robin, I love how this is turning out and the colors are perfect. Can’t wait to see it finished and hope you have a lot of pictures of the progress.

october 15, 2015

The ides of October?!  Already!  I’m diving into the “rainy season” here with a few indoor projects.  This one, a gift for a newborn, has been on my mind for quite some time.  Thankfully, the colors of the season are inspiring me and today I plan to baste it and possibly get started on the quilting!  I have in mind a simple grid, figuring the quilt is busy enough, the grid will compliment it nicely.  It’s an original design, as with most of my quilts, this one has the look of scrappy meets composed. There are 110 squares here!  When finished the quilt will measure 40″ x 44″.

Don’t let my progress on this fool you, I’m still hard at work on my class samples and handouts for my upcoming classes.  I thought I’d ease into it with a little utilitarian sewing… it’s my process.  Cheers!

right here, right now

There is something peaceful and relaxed about breakfast on a weekend morning.  Fresh-squeezed orange juice and oatmeal against a backdrop of Billie Holiday and roses from the garden. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Hana House Update

Oh my, if any of you have built a house, you would understand.  Building from scratch is difficult!  In our case, building a house imported from Bali in a remote place like Hana is downright mind-boggeling!  It’s been a SLOW process… check out my old posts and you’ll see I first posted about this project in June of 2011.  Now, four years later, we not only have come a long way, but there is still so much work to be done.  Just a recap: the house was built in Bali, disassembled and shipped to us in these containers.  Although the permitting process was long and arduous, we finally have both the permits we need and are ready to begin!

A short while ago, Jamey and I took a drive out to Hana to check on the containers and trim down a tree that had gotten a little too tall.  Seriously, this place is a jungle!

The concrete bases sit here patiently waiting to be unloaded onto footings that are soon to be poured.

Seems like everything is wrapped up on tyvec… or some sort of synthetic canvas like material.  Gosh, the attention to detail here is impressive, and it shows how much care the workers put into our exotic project!


On our way back we passed a familiar eucalyptus grove and stopped to enjoy the view

These spectacularly colored trees are called Eucalyptus deglupta, and also known as the Mindanao Gum or the Rainbow Gum tree. The bark peels at different times of the year, and below multi-colored patches of new bark are exposed.  This gives the tree a sort of psychedelic appearance as colors like bright green, blue, orange, purple and maroon swirl and snake their way up the tree.

Their bases are cool and smooth to the touch. New growth sprouts all around, while a canopy of leaves filters the sun as these trees tower above me.

It’s an amazing site and one worth taking in if you ever find yourself on the path to Hana.

august 29, 2015

There is a cartoon by a cartoon illustrator named Robert Leighton that was in a recent issue of the New Yorker that I identify with:

Along those lines, I’ve decided to unearth my complete quilt collection and catalogue my work.  Looking at my living room, I must have over a hundred quilts here… big to little, some still without sleeves or labels.  It’s a huge task but one that needs to be done.  I have in mind to start moving some of this inventory.  These quilts serve nobody tucked on a shelf or covered under a bed.  Back to their spaces they will go when I’m finished with them, but first I want to see what I have, finish or repair the ones that need it and list a bunch of them in my soon-to-be-opened shop.  As I was working on this, I happened to turn my head and this is what I saw:

I’ll admit, it doesn’t get much cuter than that!

pattySeptember 3, 2015 - 2:32 am

Patty from Ohio here. That is a big job. I can’t wait till you shop opens. I treasure the small piece I have of yours. I was looking for something the other day around the house and it hit me again that I have too much stuff! I need to take a cue from you and downsize!

Deb BlaufussSeptember 2, 2015 - 8:30 pm

When and where will your shop be open? It is still my dream to own one of your quilts. Please let me know. Thanks!

Gail BaarAugust 30, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Sounds like a big job! I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful quilts.

Teresa Duryea WongAugust 30, 2015 - 1:11 am

Beautiful photo of your puppy on the quilts. And I think your idea to organize and categorize your own collection is a great idea – something I should do as well. Thanks for sharing.

august 27, 2015

I’m entering a new phase in my art career and it feels good!  I’ll be teaching two classes in Honolulu November 7th and 8th, and although I’ve taught before, this is the first time I’ll be teaching to this audience.  As part of the preparation, I need to create samples.  The very act of selecting fabrics, cutting and piecing into some sort of configuration that makes my heart sing is a familiar dance that I’ve done many, many times before.  I feel it’s my time to take what I’ve learned as a studio quilt artist and share that information with others who are wanting to learn.  As we get closer, I’ll be able to not only show you the samples, but I’ll fill you in on the details.  I’m hoping to inspire many, many others with what I do!

PaigeSeptember 2, 2015 - 10:42 am

Can’t wait to see more and hear all about your class. Love the colors!

GayleAugust 28, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Love those colors. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

august 4, 2015

I’ve been working on a few small quilts lately.  It’s not my usual stuff; I’m using straight lines and chain piecing.   I have in mind to make a couple hundred blocks and piece them together into a couple of small baby quilts.

There is something to be said about the humble beginnings of commercial fabric and straight lines.  Going back to my roots, I’m falling in love again.  The simple pleasure of making a utilitarian quilt is a welcome feeling that has been my companion as I’ve pieced away for the past few days.

I’ve also been working on putting together a lecture and workshop!  The details will certainly come later, for now tho, I’d love to hear from you!  What have you been working on this summer?  Send me a link and I’ll share it!

tuesday, june 30th

There is a beautiful poem by Sukhvinder Sircar that spoke to me while I was going through what was easily the darkest spell of my adult life.  I hesitated to share it with you because that whole period was oh so personal, and I needed to traverse that landscape alone.  All that is changing now and I feel myself wanting to share with you words that sustained me.  I see that “look” in some of you, the look of private pain and disappointment.  In my own way I want to tell you that while I respect the path you are on, I want to help.  Maybe you too will find solace in this gentle poem.  Cheers!


Never underestimate a woman who is suffering

who seems to be making risky choices.

She is deep in lesson.

She is visiting the underground,

She is making sense of life in some invisible way.

The fragmentation in her life could be a precursor to a new resurgence.

She could well stun you with some home truths.

LizSeptember 23, 2015 - 7:26 am

Love your work, love your site, love this personal sharing! I’ve been in that deep, dark place too, and this poem captures truth. Thank you!

Elizabeth ElliottJuly 15, 2015 - 10:15 am

I understand this.

DianeJune 30, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Fabulous poem! I’m not there now, but I have been and it speaks the truth.

Tina ZaffiroJune 30, 2015 - 11:07 am

Aloha BLESSINGS….always!!!

The Gloaming Show


I’d thought I’d share with you some pictures from our “Gloaming” show at Etui in New York.  You can read more about the venue here!  I won’t be able to make it to the artist’s reception, but I’m pretty sure Natalya and Vivien will be there!

Hana House Update

Progress is slow on this house of ours, it’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we purchased the property.  Much has happened since then, just not much to show.  The house was built and deconstructed in Bali, packed into shipping containers and two of the four are actually ON the property, one more is due to arrive within weeks.  Recently I took a little drive out there to meet with the surveyors.  Here in Hawaii, when you build, sometimes you have to get a “special” permit because land is often deemed “culturally significant.”  Our land falls within that zone.  Years ago, an archaeological study was done and our property was found to be  part of a much larger settlement which may have included a fishpond or place that fish were harvested.  Rocks seemingly stacked willy-nilly were found to be a continuation of rocks on adjoining property and other property across the street.  Despite the vague clues and haphazard appearance, there is nothing willy-nilly about these formations.  It’s our plan to honor the significance of these structures and preserve this precious land by creating an area which is “off-limits,” at least during the building phase of this project.  Our deed will be amended to show our intent to not build on this portion, hence, the need for surveyors; they were needed to measure the “meets and bounds” of the preservation area.

Some people have listened to my stories about our property with interest, others wonder how we could be so endlessly patient with this process.  What can I say? We’ve chosen to build with non-traditional materials in Hana of all places, just a stones throw from the ocean.  Nothing about this plan was guaranteed to be easy, and truthfully, it’s been a long and difficult road.  To become impatient tho defeats the whole purpose of this project.  We may not have a house to unwind in yet we are being taught the very lesson of “taking it easy”  through developing this land.  What is the point of getting uptight about a house that’s supposed to instill peace?  I look at it this way, good things are worth working for, tenacity and perseverance will pay off and someday it will happen.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

may 26, 2015

a simple view of what my house looks like lately… this little one is one of two pieces which will be sent off to New York soon!

MicheleMay 27, 2015 - 2:35 am

Oh, I love it!