A Cardinal Comes to Visit – SAHRR 2022

I am so pleased to show you my quilt for the SAHRR 2022- Stay at Home Round Robin 2022. I wanted to finish this block that I made years ago, around 2012, if the book publication is any indication. Above is one of the iterations of what I was thinking about as I made the quilt.

The center block came from this quilt and it hung at Cambridge Quilt Shop for a few years. Now, back to the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR).

We were given a number of prompts each week for blocks to add around our chosen center. I completed the following week’s prompts:
1. Week 1 – Curves. I used Jenn Carlton Bailly’s templates.
2. Week 2 – Diamond. I drew the diamond in EQ8.
3. Week 4 – Signature Block (on back)

4. Week 5 – Applique (well it was already on the center block)

5. Week 6 – Shoo Fly.

For me, this was a perfect way to finish this quilt. The outside frame is closer to a churn dash than a shoo fly block. However, it can depend on what source you look at. If you consult Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (3rd edition), 2021, the above pictures are what you find, but the names are cross-referenced. I figure it was in the spirit of things.

I quilted it on my Bernina 570 – doing straight line quilting with my walking foot, some ruler work inside the diamonds, and finally, free-motion stippling in the background of the block. It was fun to sit down at a machine and quilt again.

I thank Gail @ Quilting Gail for running this and all her able assistants: Anja @ Anja Quilts, Emily @ The Darling Dogwood, Roseanne & Sue @ Home Sewn by Us,  Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life, and Chris @ Chrisknitssews. It was fun to participate again this year, although I really did not catch up until the end. Now, I am thinking there are many blocks that I can use for next year’s SAHRR, and maybe I will do one that can be a little larger (which means having more coordinating fabric).

A Cardinal Comes to Visit
26 1/2″ x 36″
Center block from Quilting in Black and White
Thermore Batting
Stay at Home Round Robin 2022

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  1. March 25, 2022 / 7:51 PM

    The quilting ties the piece together beautifully, Kathleen. Congratulations on the stunning finish!

  2. March 25, 2022 / 8:47 PM

    Hi Kathleen, that is a great finish! One UFO down 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week!

  3. March 26, 2022 / 8:40 AM

    Kathleen it’s gorgeous and looks like it should hang in a quilt shop! How clever to put the signature block on the back. Your quilting is perfect. Beautiful finish!

  4. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    March 26, 2022 / 8:42 AM

    What an awesome finish, Kathleen! I love how you interpreted each week and tied it all together!! I love the red, white and black, with a pop of yellow for the sun. It reminds me of a snowy day with the sun peeping out! Great job.

  5. March 26, 2022 / 9:11 AM

    That is a wonderful finish!! I love how you used the prompts to add to that amazing center!!! it turned out amazing!

  6. March 26, 2022 / 10:11 AM

    I have liked your SAHRR top, but seeing it now completely finished makes it one of my favorites! Well done! I hope you have this one hanging in a special place in your home!

  7. lapaylor
    March 26, 2022 / 10:12 AM

    I have that book, the quilts are very enticing. Your work is so pretty and one could look at it on the wall all the time!

  8. March 26, 2022 / 10:42 AM

    Wow, Kathleen, you really outdid yourself on this one! I just love it! It has a Japanese ‘zen’ type feel in my mind. It’s just such a creative and pleasing interpretation of the prompts. I so enjoy seeing this SAHRR each year.

  9. March 26, 2022 / 11:48 AM

    Love, love, love! It is simple in design, yet elegant…so pleasing to look at! Top notch, Kathleen! 🙂

  10. March 26, 2022 / 6:21 PM

    This is fantastic!!! I LOVE how you did your OWN interpretation of the prompts to make this unique SAHRR!!! Love it!

  11. March 27, 2022 / 2:31 AM

    Kathleen your SAHRR is beautiful. Taking your orphan block and finishing it the way you did is such a great interpretation of the prompts. A Cardinal Comes to Visit should have a spot front and center on your wall so you can enjoy it every day.

  12. March 27, 2022 / 6:24 AM

    So good, Kathleen!!! I love the finished size and the clean lines! And of course I love the cardinal!!!

  13. March 27, 2022 / 7:06 PM

    Hi Kathleen! What a nice finish . . . but it had a great beginning so it really was already written in the cards. Love that little cardinal! It’s just like you’re looking out the window and can hear its sweet chirping. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. March 28, 2022 / 2:32 AM

    What a pretty quilt. Cardinals were my mother’s favorite bird.

  15. Vicki in MN
    March 28, 2022 / 10:53 AM

    Oh wow you really spiffed up those trees, I love everything about it.

  16. thedarlingdogwood
    March 29, 2022 / 5:54 PM

    I love it! Such a fun, minimalist round robin. That center is so great and I really, really love the curved sun watching over the cardinal. Perfect!

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