My husband and I lived in Elkton, Oregon for seven wonderful years, and we still miss our country life and the wonderful community there. During those seven years, a quilting group was formed that meets at the Elkton Community and Education Center (a wonderful facility just west of town). Elkton Quilters and Friends meets twice a month for a sew day, sharing information and techniques, hosting classes, and working on group projects.
They recently asked me to quilt a sampler quilt the group had worked on, a wonderful appliqué pattern from Piece O’ Cake designs. The beautiful applique is set off wonderfully with a darker background, giving the piece a modern look.

DSC05862The first step in quilting this piece was to stabilize the blocks and the appliqué.  Since it has a modern look, I knew I wanted to do something a little different in the background for fill.

So I scratched around on some paper for a while and came up with this motif that I’m calling “Whing Ding Thingama-Jing” because that’s what I say when I’m doing the quilting!

The applique blocks are wonderful!

The applique blocks are wonderful!

I just put wavy lines in the sashing, wanting to keep in the same whimsical style as the applique blocks.  And here is a closeup of the border:  it’s not as hard as it looks…DSC05875


I just have to include a couple of small bird blocks so you can see the wonderful detail:

I believe these are actual representations of the chickens and birds from our place in Elkton…

DSC05866Head west on Highway 38 to reach Elkton.  The community there sponsors events all year, and their community center and library features wonderful art shows.  Perhaps you will see this wonderful quilt there!


  1. Beth weldy said,

    March 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Fabulous appliqué, fabulous quilting!

  2. Monty said,

    March 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful write up Robin. It was such a fun project and thanks so much for quilting it for us.

    • Anne Helms said,

      March 29, 2013 at 2:59 am

      Lovely article Robin thanks so much for the beautiful you did on our quilt.

  3. Anne Helms said,

    March 29, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Robin sorry the above should have read beautiful quilting. Fingers moving too fast.

  4. notisianquilter said,

    March 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Nice work and so adorable!

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