Sunday, June 10, 2007

Golden Birthday




Today was Charlotte's golden birthday. She was 10 on the 10th! Do you remember your golden birthday? I don't, but my older boys do, and they tell me it is pretty important. Well Charlotte got a new bike and had her favorite dinner of tacos. Instead of birthday cake, she asked for cupcakes. My daughter-in-law brought cupcakes with little sprinkles on them. My kids LOVE sugar and in the past 6 months or so, they have been off most sugar and all dyes. Really helps their disposition! Zachary who is almost 6 started eating the bright colored sprinkles as fast as he could, but Charlotte was concerned and asked how we would get them off the cupcake. I was pretty impressed with her. She did eat a red and green cookie at church a while back and she had a headache for 2 days. I guess she remembered that. All in all, she had a pretty good day. Only needed one attitude adjustment. Girls are very different than boys I am finding out. With boys, what you see is what you get, and with girls it takes alot of figuring out. Thank God she was not twins! Here she is riding her new bike. She went from a bike so small she looked like a "dork" (her words) to a bike that is bigger than she is! She does well with it though.
My grandson TJ spent the night last night and was here most of the day. I spent my evening after he went to bed working on my applique blocks for Charlotte's bed quilt. I am not thrilled with the colors as they are very bright and I like more earth tones, but it is what she likes. The applique block is a flower. I basted the petals around freezer paper first. I was not sure I would like this extra step as I usually needle turn, but I have to have perfect placement of the petals and basting is a way to ensure that. It was an extra step but made the actual applique effortless.

Here is the first finished applique block. Only 12 more to go! The pieces are alot bigger than I am use to working with and I am not sure if that is better or worse.

I did some handquilting today and think I will continue that theme tonight. My finger lost its callouse (is that spelled right?) and I need to get it back!

5 comments:

Linda said...

Happy birthday Charlotte, a big girl now..... I read through your first post and have to agree with you about fellow bloggers. It's such a wonderful connection. It won't be long and others will be visiting you.

Linda said...

Happy birthday Charlotte, a big girl now..... I read through your first post and have to agree with you about fellow bloggers. It's such a wonderful connection. It won't be long and others will be visiting you.

Joni said...

Bren- welcome to the blogging world. I hope you enjoy it as I do. Can't wait to see more of your quilting projects!

Joanne said...

You do beautiful work -- both the hand applique and the hand quilting. Isn't hand quilting so peaceful?!

Rose Marie said...

Welcome to blogland ... it really is such fun.
I used to do my applique same as you are doing now. Now, I iron my freezer paper on top of the fabric, cut around it leaving a small seam allowance, clip small cuts in the seam allowance and then push the seam to the back and adhere with a glue stick. After all the seams are pushed under and the glue has dried, I pull the freezer paper off and I'm ready to applique. It works for me.