Remembering Robin Strobel

Posted by on February 21, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”

—Hunter S. Thompson

What a ride, indeed.

Robin StrobelOn December 18, 2012, the Martingale family lost our dear friend and colleague, Robin Strobel. A quiet, unassuming woman, Robin clearly had a backbone of steel. Otherwise, she could not have waged a 10-year battle against a rare form of cancer that left her body shattered but her spirit strong. Through surgeries, multiple rounds of radiation, endless chemotherapy, frequent hospitalizations, and unimaginable pain, she never whined, never complained, never asked anything of anyone. Instead, she hung that Hunter S. Thompson quote over her desk and carried on. To say she was an inspiration to us all would be a feeble understatement.

Robin was something of a Renaissance woman (although she often called herself a dilettante); she had broad interests and excelled in many areas. In her 13 years here at Martingale, she was first an illustrator and later a technical editor, and that was after a career as a high school biology teacher, a stint at a local quilt shop, many years as a quilting teacher, and a brief time spent as a veterinary technician. She could knit, quilt, create gorgeous glass beads, and make jewelry. Oh, and she wrote two quilting books!

Robin retired in early 2012 when she could no longer make it to the office on a daily basis. But she continued to contribute to this blog, and that’s why we felt it was appropriate to recognize her here and share her impact with you, our readers. Rather than have just one of us write a tribute, which would be too difficult in any event, we thought it would be nice to share the thoughts of some who worked with her.

I asked colleagues to share their memories, and in reading their responses, it was easy to find the common threads: Robin was kind, patient, generous, funny, uncomplaining, and totally devoted to her cats. Here, in their own words, are some of those memories.


Vivid Imaginings“Robin was one of my early quilting mentors. She was always so patient, calm, and helpful when I was tearing my hair out over broken thread or blocks that just wouldn’t match up. I remember her praising me for being ‘brave’ enough to tackle a pattern that was really too advanced for me (while helping me to unsew a few of the 10 or 12 blocks that I’d sewn backwards). I also loved how it didn’t take much to get her laughing to the point of tears.” —Cornelia Gauger, Customer Service Representative

“Robin had the uncommon ability to use both sides of her brain with equal dexterity. She was not only creative, she was also the kind of person who liked to delve into a problem and figure out the best possible solution. It made her good at being both a technical illustrator and a technical editor. Robin never met a problem or situation that she couldn’t resolve. Whether it was a complex quilting technique that needed to be explained or the stitches in a complicated colorwork mitten that weren’t working out right, Robin was like a dog with a bone—she wouldn’t give it up. Ever. She was one of those rare people who always strived to do her best. It made her fantastic at her job and a valued and respected coworker.

Autumn RoadsShe loved working with fiber—from fabric to yarn—and with other media like glass. When she needed a Crock Pot to slowly cool her lampwork beads so they wouldn’t crack, I was happy to give up the one I never used. Unexpectedly, she made me a bracelet and earring set in my favorite color. I clearly got the better end of that trade!” —Karen Soltys, Managing Editor

“In any conversation I had with Robin, about how she was feeling or a book she was working on or a problem or a request, she always had a kind word and never a complaint about anyone or anything, particularly her health. I always came away thinking, I should take to heart a page or two from her book. She had such a great generosity of spirit—something for us all to aspire to. She was special, though I bet she would not agree. She seemed to not want to burden anyone, even when everyone who knew her would be more than willing to help her with any burden.” —Mary Burns, Marketing Coordinator

Wisconsin Cold Snap“When Robin and I were on the holiday committee together, I was really struck by her generous personality. When we picked out items we wanted to order for small stocking stuffers for the staff, she had her heart set on some ornaments that we didn’t really have the money to buy. She ended up buying them anyway, and told us that she just ‘had them lying around.’ When we started the blog, I saw again how generous she was with whatever it was she could offer, including her time, knowledge, and designs. She is and will continue to be missed!” —Sarah Peterson, Marketing Designer

“I met Robin when she was working at a quilt shop. She was also doing some illustrations for a local quilt author. I suggested she apply at That Patchwork Place and the rest is history. From the beginning, she always went the extra mile to make things right, and always did it with a smile. She was so patient as she explained why a piece of art couldn’t be done a particular way and would suggest other ways to show what was relevant. She was smart, kind, generous, and funny (she loved puns and we shared many lists of them). She was so good at simplifying instructions to just what was needed and nothing more. I learned so much from Robin the illustrator and editor, and Robin the warm, gentle soul with the biggest heart.

And how she loved her kitties. She’d email photos of them whenever she caught them doing something cute, which was often. When one of her friends passed away, Robin wrote me about the loss and I kept the following quote from her email because it was true. Little did I know I would be reading those words again and thinking of her: ‘It is very difficult to accept that people who are so important to us are no longer around to brighten our days.’” —Ursula Reikes, Technical Editor

“I always enjoyed working with Robin. She was an excellent technical editor and illustrator with a great sense of humor, and she was extremely thoughtful. Whenever I asked for input or had a question, she was always quick to respond and generous with her information. When she became ill, she stayed remarkably poised. She faced many difficulties and yet remained calm and cheerful, day after day. Robin was a strong and truly inspiring person.” —Durby Peterson, Copywriter

Truly Tipsy Nine Patch“When I first started quilting, I took classes at our local quilt shops. One of my first (and favorite) classes was taught by Robin; it was the ‘Truly Tipsy Nine Patch’ quilt from her book (right). She was such an energetic, fun, wonderful, non-judgmental teacher. When I first started working here at Martingale, Robin was so welcoming and helpful. One day I admired a bracelet she was wearing, made of lampwork glass beads. She told me that she’d made them and had all the tools at her home. She invited me to her house that weekend to learn how to make glass beads. I will admit I wasn’t very good at it. (It’s truly a talent that takes more than a few hours to acquire!) Robin sat with me as I tried to make round beads, and was encouraging, funny, and patient. She sent me home with the beads that I made that day; they are all different shapes and sizes, but they remind me of a wonderful time.” —Karen Burns, Acquisitions Editor

“Robin and I shared a birthday (she was born exactly 20 years before me). We also shared a love of books and cats, and had both been high-school teachers before moving to publishing. Because of these things, I always felt a strong connection to Robin.
What I miss most is her laugh. She was often laughing, even when she was feeling ill. She didn’t complain, and she remained sunny even while her body was struggling. She had a sharp wit that was never malicious. Robin was a good listener and always had a kind word for everyone. She is greatly missed.” —Sheila Ryan, Copy Editor

Stairway to Heaven“Robin and I became fast friends when I started working at Martingale 13 years ago. We both grew up in the Midwest so we shared a lot of the same background. I was always impressed by her can-do attitude. She thought Martingale should publish some good beginner titles, so she wrote two of them! She was always supportive and ready to encourage others to follow their dreams. She never complained. Even when she was in pain, her thoughts were always directed to others instead of herself. Thinking about Robin makes me sad that we’ve lost her but glad that I got to know her.” —Regina Girard, Production Manager

“We didn’t work together for very long and I didn’t know her well, but in my brief conversations with her, I loved hearing stories about her two kitties. They were so dear to her and after she told me some stories, she immediately followed up the chat with photos of them via email.” —Karen Johnson, Marketing Director

Interlocking Friendship“What I’d love Stitch This! readers to know is that you made Robin happy, and you gave her purpose. She thought long and hard about what would help you quilt better or more easily, and then she did her best to provide it. She relished your comments and took humble delight in your appreciation (we’ve received more reprint requests for Robin’s posts than for any others we’ve ever published). And so I want to thank you, Stitch This! readers, for lighting up her face with many, many smiles. And for prompting the occasional cackle of glee.

She was eager to share with you, and it seemed as though she had a direct line to your quilty brains. When Robin first told me she wanted to write posts on quilt math, I thought, ‘Hoo boy, I’m not sure our readers would be interested.’ Shows what I know. Luckily, Robin persevered, and the result was her tremendously popular post “How to resize quilt blocks: easy (promise!) quilt math.”

I worked with Robin in many capacities. Once upon a time I was Martingale’s Managing Editor, and I asked her to do technical edits on both quilting and knitting books (while she also whipped up meticulous illustrations for quilting, knitting, AND crochet books). Was she amazingly versatile? Yes. Astoundingly funny? That too. I miss her. What pleases me no end is that her wit, her expertise, her patterns are here at ShopMartingale still, in her blog posts and in her How to Quilt downloads and on our freebies page. Robin, quite intentionally and very determinedly, left a useful, practical, joyful legacy of quiltmaking wisdom, one she was delighted to share with all of us who quilt.” —Tina Cook, Audience Development Manager


In honor of Robin’s generous spirit, we’re offering free downloads of her books, The Casual Quilter and Quilter’s Bounty, as well as her patterns, through Monday, February 25. Simply add Robin’s books and patterns to your cart and proceed through checkout. We think she’d like that.


83 Comments (leave a comment)

  • What a touching tribute. Thank you for the downloads, and for sharing your memories of this great lady.

    AuntMarti on February 21, 2013
  • I’m so sad to learn that "my" Robin is gone. I’m sure she made everyone feel she was "their" Robin, that’s the person that she was. As a brand-new Martingale author, I was lucky enough to have Robin as my technical editor. She quickly made me feel at ease. With humor and TLC, no detail was too small to consider, and she told me that I should make always make my feelings known, about everything, and we would work through it together. What a luxury for an author! When I got the go-ahead for a second book, I begged for Robin once again and was privileged to have her assigned to my project. When book three came along, I lobbied for Robin but was told that she wasn’t editing any more. I did a happy dance when she emailed me to tell me she was going to be the illustrator! Here’s the thing… we exchanged a gazillion emails, swapped many pictures of our cats, but she never once told me she was ill. Robin was one of the most special people I’ve ever had in my life. I was already missing her, now I know why.

    Kay, thank you so much for sharing your lovely memories of Robin! We miss her so very much, but the stories keep her close by.

    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    —Kay Mackenzie on February 21, 2013
  • Thank you for sharing your stories of this lovely woman. I am so touched by her quote ‘It is very difficult to accept that people who are so important to us are no longer around to brighten our days.’ My dear friend lost his battle with cancer yesterday – her quote sums up how much I miss him…and now after reading the kind words above and seeing her creativity, I miss her. In both cases, we are all better for knowing these remarkable people. Thank you….

    —Melissa E. on February 21, 2013
  • I shared time with Robin at several quilting and knitting retreats. She was quiet and unassuming, easy to work with, and very talented. One retreat she decided against attending at the last minute (likely due to her poor health) and instead of opening the spot up for someone else to pay for it, she offered someone her place without cost. She donated a coffee bean grinder to the retreat house so we could grind the beans fresh each visit. Many reminders of her pop up, but mostly her tips as a ‘casual quilter’ are encouraging or humorous, especially when I ‘stretch’ my fabric layers so seams match. I don’t worry about the ‘Quilt Police’ any more!

    —Claudia Cole on February 21, 2013
  • When I told my Aunt Donna I had finally started learning to make a patchwork quilt, the first thing she did was send me "The casual Quilter". I had a couple of other quilt books, but Robin’s book actually TAUGHT me the things I needed to know. She will be missed and her book will be cherished.

    Kimberly Jones on February 21, 2013
  • What kind words for such a wonderful woman! Thank you for sharing her books and patterns with us! She will always be remembered.

    —Mary T. on February 21, 2013
  • Thank you for the warm memories of such a lovely lady. My mother passed from cancer complications and she would quote Hunter Thompson after each of her treatments. She would also follow it up by saying "I am taking that ride and I don’t care how fast or slow it goes just as long as I know I’ll face the devil one more day and laugh in his face!" She had spunk. Thank you again for sharing.

    —kim farmer davis on February 21, 2013
  • Thank you so much. Robin Strobel’s admirable legacy lives on!

    —LeAnn on February 21, 2013
  • What a lovely tribute to Robin.

    Christine M on February 21, 2013
  • What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like a wonderful woman! I remember seeing her friendly face during one of my facility tours last year. Sorry to hear she’s gone, but thankful she is no longer in pain and suffering the ravages of cancer.

    Thank you for telling her story. I would not know of her contribution to the quilting world otherwise. Hugs to you all. I know how tough it is to lose a co-workers. Your co-workers are like second family.

    Jean on February 21, 2013
  • What a lovely way to honor such a lovely lady. Unfortunately, I had never heard of Robin. I hadn’t even read her article on quilting math until today. That was probably because I was a math major and quilting math is still second, if not, first nature to me. Being a cancer survivor, I am thrilled to hear what a positive attitude she had. Attitude makes such a difference in fighting that ugly dis-ease. She is portrayed as the kind of lady that each of us would like to be able to call "friend" and to which each of us would love to aspire to become. Thank you for honoring her. I have downloaded her books. Coming from very humble means, I was taught to cherish books and I will cherish these.

    —Susan on February 21, 2013
  • What a remarkable lady and a way to remember her. I’m sorry for your loss. The quote by Hunter Thompson is one of my favorites.

    —Marilyn R on February 21, 2013
  • Very nice tribute. She sounds like a wonderful woman and she will obviously be missed. The free downloads are a very generous gift to all the "Martingale family" and a great way to inspire us all to give of ourselves in the same way that Robin did.

    —Darlene H on February 21, 2013
  • What a moving tribute – Robin must have been a truly wonderful person. My condolences to all of you

    —Karon Henderson on February 21, 2013
  • Such a beautiful tribute – I feel as though I know Robin now! So sorry for the loss of your friend. And grateful for the chance to have her wonderful patterns. Many thanks.

    —Eileen on February 21, 2013
  • Robin sounds like she was an amazingly generous person. Your offer of free downloads is also generous…thank you for this gift and for letting us get to know Robin through her patterns. 🙂

    —Jane S. on February 21, 2013
  • She sounds like a wonderful woman who touched a lot of people. The tributes are lovely. You are honoring a generous woman with your generosity in sharing her books and patterns. Thank you.

    —Bambi Mayer on February 21, 2013
  • I think I want to live my life like Robin…skidding in sidewise in a blur of smoke. She must have been quite the lady! Beautiful tribute.

    —Karen G on February 21, 2013
  • I just wanted to shout out a blanket "THANK YOU!" to everyone who has emailed, commented, or left notes on their order downloads!

    The response has been overwhelming–so many of you are taking advantage. We are so pleased to have been able to offer this to you and we know that Robin would have been pleased as well.

    Thanks again!

    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    —Cornelia on February 21, 2013
  • I am so happy I found this tribute to Robin. I am a new quilter and it is so wonderful that she has left such a huge legacy behind for all of those that new her; and a chance for all of us who didn’t to get to know her through her works and the eyes of those who were her friends and coworkers. Thank you.

    —Tammy on February 21, 2013
  • Thank you for generously remembering your friend. Reading your words about her, I can see why she will be so greatly missed.

    —Claudia on February 21, 2013
  • What a beautiful tribute to someone who sounds like a beautiful Lady. I would have loved to have known her. I’m so sorry for your loss I know she will be greatly missed.
    Thank you for sharing part her life with us through her books and patterns as your tribute to her. I will always remember the quote be cause it is one of my favorites and I will think of Miss Robin too when I read and sit down to quilt one of her lovely patterns.
    Gods Blessing on you all and her family too. What a legacy she has left for all of us to enjoy! WOW!!!

    —Tippytee on February 21, 2013
  • Sounds like a very neat lady!! The tributes are lovely. Thannks

    —Kimberly on February 21, 2013
  • What a wonderful gift to us all as a memory of Robin. The sharing generosity of quilters is what makes this craft so blessed.

    —Kathy on February 21, 2013
  • Someone gave me a copy of "The Casual Quilter" a few years ago. Since I am a bit of a perfectionist, at first, I couldn’t imagine making a quilt with seams that don’t match. But the more I read, the more I realized that "The Quilt Police" truly don’t exist, and you can do what ever you want with your quilts! Thanks, Robin, for opening my eyes to other ways to do things! You will truly be missed.

    —Barb Johnson on February 21, 2013
  • Such a nice gesture on behalf of your friend and coworker. I hope I can live my life a little more like Robin did!

    Karen in Breezy Point on February 21, 2013
  • Robin sounds like someone I’d like to have known. Such a talented, giving lady. A true role model. She may have been on the quiet side, but look at how many people her life has enriched. When I read her quilt books, I’ll always think of the wonderful woman she was. Thank you for the copies of her books.

    —Melody on February 21, 2013
  • A wonderful lady who I am sure will be greatly missed. I appreciate the free downloads and will remember Robin fondly while quilting her patterns.

    —DianeH on February 21, 2013
  • What a wonderful email! How positive and generous you are to post this. Thank you. Mary

    —Mary stanton on February 21, 2013
  • Thanks for your generous tribute to Robin’s memory. God bless her and give you the satisfaction of having honored her life. Her design and tips are amazing.

    —Irene on February 21, 2013
  • What a beautiful tribute! Thoughts for Robin’s family, friends, and coworkers. Rest in peace, Robin.

    —Sharon A on February 21, 2013
  • What a lovely person Robin was – I didn’t know her, but the tributes I have just read from her colleagues tells me much about her.

    I am sure she would be thrilled to know that so many people will be using her books/patterns to make lovely projects which not only make people happy, but also keep them warm and cosy.

    Thanks so much for the books/patterns.
    Patricia

    —Patricia Rudelic on February 21, 2013
  • Thank you for sharing your loving remembrances honoring Robin.
    She obviously enriched the lives of everyone who knew her.
    I am gratful you chose to honor her memory with gifts for your customers.
    Mary Jo

    Mary Jo MCKelvey on February 21, 2013
  • This story touched my heart. I was reminded that talent alone, does not bring you fame, being a truly selfless person does! I will always remember Robin, through your words, although I had never heard of her before today. Thank you for sharing.

    I hope it’s ok… I shared her story on my blog today!

    It is more than OK! I read your blog posting and am once again in tears (happy ones, because our dear friend is still touching many lives). Thank you so much for passing her story along!

    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    Notionnanny on February 22, 2013
  • Thank you for sharing stories of your dear friend and colleague, she sounded like an amazing woman that we should all try to emulate. You folks were so fortunate to have worked with here and I am sorry for your loss, my sympathies to you and Robin’s family. I look forward to looking through the patterns you have shared and hope I can learn to live life to the fullest as did Robin…

    —Joan on February 22, 2013
  • After reading your tributes, I almost feel as if I know this special lady. Thank you for the downloads; I’m sure she is smiling down on all of us who will enjoy this gift in her memory.

    —Carol Vickers on February 22, 2013
  • Thank you for the patterns and books. After reading the tributes to Robin, I am sure this is what she’d want. Thanks again.

    —Bertha Mallard on February 22, 2013
  • Thank you so much for the tribute to Robin and for the free downloads from her books and patterns. My heart is deeply touched this morning.

    —Linda Douglas on February 22, 2013
  • She sounds like someone we all would like to have as a friend!

    —Sandi on February 22, 2013
  • What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable lady! Thank you for sharing.

    Susan on February 22, 2013
  • Thank you for Robin’s books and patterns, and for sharing her with us. She sounds a remarkable woman that we could all learn from.

    —Claudia on February 22, 2013
  • What a wonderful way to honor this amazing woman. My only regret is that I never had a chance to meet her.

    —Sandra Liming on February 22, 2013
  • Wow the quilting world is feeling a great lose with Robin’s passing. My hats off to Martingale with their wonderful offer to share the ability to have a little bit of Robin in our quilty lives. It will be make for a great tribute and my sympathies to you and her family.

    Sincerely,

    —Tricia M. on February 22, 2013
  • Robin sounds like a truly amazing woman; what a very nice tribute the Martindale family has given her. Thank you!

    —Judy on February 22, 2013
  • Prayers to for all her family and friends and all those she touched in the quilting world.

    —deborah cavanaugh on February 22, 2013
  • I can only hope half as many kind things are said of me when I am gone. Thank you so much for the book and pattern downloads. That was such a blessing to me.

    Susan on February 22, 2013
  • What a wonderful tribute to such an amazing woman. Thank you so much for sharing Robin’s books & patterns with us.

    —Sherry on February 22, 2013
  • Today I attended the funeral for my dear quilting friend who died a few days ago after a 12 year battle with breast cancer. She had many of the same traits and experiences as Robin. The quote Robin had on her wall perfectly matched the personality of my friend as well. Reading about Robin and having the opportunity to download her books and patterns was very touching and helpful in my attempt to cope with the loss of my friend. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift.

    —Susan E on February 22, 2013
  • well, this was a serious let-down! like the idea of the tribute, went through all the click arounds the internet to place the order but when I went to download my books…got an error message and could not return to the download link! what a letdown. Seriously.

    Our apologies, Kathy–so many people have been downloading Robin’s books that our server has crashed several times. We’re working on a solution. Please check back and try again soon.

    ~Jenny

    —lKathy DeMarco on February 23, 2013
  • Your beautiful tribute I was thrilled to tears. I feel your loss to the martingale family, but after seeing her designs the loss I feel great Quilter family!
    Thanks for sharing your designs with us.

    Gladys on February 23, 2013
  • Quilters live on through their quilts

    —Jean Payne on February 23, 2013
  • What a woman Robin was and what a wonderful legacy and inspiration she has left behind her.

    —Gerry S. on February 23, 2013
  • Many thanks for the wonderful tribute to my sister Robin. I think we all would like to make some impact on the world before we pass, and your tribute documented the very positive way Robin touched the lives of the people she worked with and the quilting community she called her friends. I admit crying through the whole article, feeling the strong and loving working family she lived in during her illness. It was your support that allowed her to maintain an inspiring quality of life right up to the end. This Spring the family was able to get together on Orca Island for the last time. Robin expressed multiple times how lucky she was to have experienced her time at Martingale and all of the marvelous people who work there. Sadly we will miss her, but hopefully we can live our lives as well as she did.

    —David Strobel on February 23, 2013
  • Fitting tribute to Robin’s generous spirit for Martingale to offer free downloads. Thank you so much!

    —Sue on February 23, 2013
  • Your article and comments inspired me. I am having a difficult time with my health and I have had to leave my wonderful elementary school kids because I can no longer continue as a counselor. I hope I can be just a dust particle in the lives of others. I think Robin would think that too would be important!

    —Mona OKelley on February 23, 2013
  • So sad, she will be missed in the quilting community

    —Jo Griffiths on February 23, 2013
  • What a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a wonderful quilter.

    —Trish on February 23, 2013
  • If only—–I would love to have met her, but I feel like I have through your story and all the comments. I will shed a tear and think of her forever as I sit down to quilt. What amazing friends you are! Thank you for your generous gift to us through her.

    —Missy B on February 23, 2013
  • Im so sorry for the loss of this obviously wonderful lady. This is a most wonderful and touching tribute to her. Thank you for making her patterns available.

    —Lori Smanski on February 23, 2013
  • Thank you Martingale for such a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady, friend and quilter and thank you also for sharing her patterns with everyone, it really is most appreciated.

    With my very best wishes,
    Annie Dunn
    Saudi Arabia

    —Annie Dunn on February 23, 2013
  • Thank you for allowing us to read about such a wonderful lady. Her pioneer spirit, generosity and love for her fellow quilters is obvious through your writing. Thanks, too, for the very kind gift of her patterns.

    —Sue V. on February 24, 2013
  • Thank you for the tribute to Robin Strobel. I have downloaded the patterns and they will all be used in donation quilts.

    Dingle

    —Dingle on February 24, 2013
  • What a precious woman. Thank you for sharing the memories and her talents.

    —Suz C. on February 24, 2013
  • My condolence to all of Robins family, friends, and Martingale colleagues. It is always a great loss when we as Quilters loose a fellow colleague. Though I never met Robin, I am truly touched and happy to read all the comments other people have written about Robin.
    I am going on 70 years old, a cancer patient for the past 6 years, and most recently a proud fellow quilter of 1 year.
    Though never having the honor of meeting Robin, I feel the heartaches and pain, that she surly endured.
    I now feel, the love that Robin surly felt for fellow quilters, and I have come to know so many great, caring, loving and inspiring people, that this world has to offer, and now I can add "Robin" to my humble list of inspiring people.
    You are and will always be missed, "Robin Strobel". Your inspiration and legacy will continue to teach others in the quilting world, to learn and be inspired by all your accomplishments.
    May God bless you and welcome you into his Heavenly Realm, Robin.
    Thank you.

    —Larry E. Mandrell on February 24, 2013
  • Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute on your blog. Your generosity in providing the ebooks/patterns is very much appreciated; and what a wonderful way to honor her memory.

    —mary b. on February 24, 2013
  • What beautiful tributes to a lady I would love to have met. Thankyou so much for sharing her beautiful books and patterns.

    —Jenny Fish on February 24, 2013
  • Grazie per le belle immagini. Ho avuto la segnalazione da La Guglia e Guggiada di Milano

    Translation:
    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I got an alert from the Spire and Guggiada in Milan

    —anna on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you so much for sharing a glimsp of a truly remarkable lady.

    —Gail Alter on February 25, 2013
  • Wow! I love the bold colors. My kind of lady! I wish I had known her, but now I can enjoy her legacy. Thank you for introducing this marvel to me.

    Connie Samora on February 25, 2013
  • thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful books. it’s a very lovely tribute.

    —chrissie w on February 25, 2013
  • She made beautiful quilts. I am sure she would approve of sharing her love.

    —vicky boyd on February 25, 2013
  • My heart goes out to your family. The space in your soul is felt so deeply. A very generous tribute. An honor to receive an individuals work of this quality. Her patterns will extend joy beyond her death. Thank you. A longarm quilter,shop owner,an individual who has close productive family members pass away but not forgotten.

    marla knoch work on February 25, 2013
  • We have a daylily farm and gardens around our quilt shop. Special moments of enjoyment,are the total of our lives exitistence . May you friends patterns share the joy she knew in life.

    marla knoch work on February 25, 2013
  • I did not know Robin, but I know his work. Learn a little more about it inspires us to be a better person. It seems to me that it was wise and generous. Thank you let us know about her life.

    Eliana on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you so much for honoring a great quilter by sharing her heart and talents. You are very generous and I believe she would be happy knowing how much you love her work and that by sharing it freely, many of us will continue to think of her as we use her patterns and love the end product.

    —LINDA LOVE on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you for the thoughtful gift. A lovely tribute
    to a gifted lady.

    —Mary Lamberth on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you for the two books. I think of my quilts as part of my legacy. What a tribute to Robin that so many will have her quilts reconfirming her talent and creativity.

    —Nancy on February 25, 2013
  • May her quilting legacy live on through each and every quilt crafter.

    —ls2116 on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you for he wonderful art you have contributed to the world.

    —ls2116 on February 25, 2013
  • Thank you so much for sharing all of the wonderful comments about an obviously very special person. Your generosity of the books is overwhelming and I know I will cherish them.

    Arlene on February 25, 2013
  • Thanks so much for the generous gift of sharing Robin’s books with us. A fitting tribute for a fine quilter. I am sorry for the lose of your loved coquilter

    —marilyn Martin on February 25, 2013
  • Thanks you so much for you free download of Robin’s books. I love the quilts in the book I downloaded. It also introduced me to you exciting web site. I love the idea of downloading E books. Do you know if your E books can be downloaded to the Nook Tablet? Thanks Fran D

    Hi Fran,

    Here are the instructions for downloading our eBooks to the Nook:

    In order to read our ePatterns and eBooks on your Nook Color, you’ll need to use a PDF reader such as Quickoffice Lite, rather than Nook’s Reader program. The transfer process is similar to the process for the Fire, described above.

    Find the eProduct that you want to transfer on your computer, right-click it and click “Copy.”
    Plug in your Nook and find it in My Computer (PC) or Finder (Mac).
    Open the Nook and open “My Files.”
    Open “Books” and right-click to paste your eProduct into this folder.
    On your Nook, you’ll find the book/pattern in Library > Books.
    When you open the eProduct it will prompt you to select a program to read it with. Reader does not recognize our eBooks or ePatterns, so please use another program such as Quickoffice Lite.

    I hope this helps! ~Cornelia

    —Fran D. on February 26, 2013
  • To honor a woman in the same manner she lived – with generosity and hope – is a great tribute. Thank you. She must be smiling.

    —Trish on February 26, 2013

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