Friday, March 28, 2008

Rachel's First Flimsey

Rachel finished the top of TJ's quilt. She did a wonderful job. I blanked out his last name in the top square, but now you can see TJ's name is Tyler James. Rachel hand embroidered all the cartoon characters. There are all the Backyardigans (TJ's cake will be Backyardigan characters) along with other nickelodeon guys. I will get a better picture when it is finished.So here is what happened. We began to trim the blocks and it seems there were several that would not square up to the size we wanted them. It would have cut off some of the stitching. Yes, it was a mistake that should not have happened (I should have told her), but when cutting the background fabric, we cut them to the size of the design. An easy fix! We (she) framed them all so they would end up the correct size. Blue, the puppy, measured smaller than Tasha, the hippo. When framed in black strips and then checkerboarded, the blocks float nicely on the quilt. Today she will machine quilt and bind it.

I finally started thinking about my Spring quilt for the 4 Seasons Swap. I actually bought the fabric. The pictures do not do it justice. I thought this would be a tough one, because Spring colors are not my thing. I enjoy them, but picking them, I thought would be difficult. With the help of a wonderful lady at the fabric store, I ended up very pleased and am excited to get going on it. Rachel saw them and LOVED them. If she has a girl, I may go back and get these for her baby quilt. The 4 Seasons Spring quilts are popping up all over. I have not seen one that I did not LOVE!
I want to thank everyone for your tips on the cast iron. I plan to try them all til I get my Grandpa's skillet in good condition. I will let you know what worked.

I also wanted to let you know of a Birthday giveaway. Debi is giving away a beautiful spring bag to celebrate her birthday...which is TODAY. Stop over and enter and wish her a happy birthday. Tell her I sent you!


Lib said...

Hi Bren,
How precious Rachel's work is.:o)
Love your new fabric.
Hope your having a Gret Spring.
Its wonderful to be visiting again.
Blessins', Lib

Kelley said...

So cute!
What a sweet quilt!
I am such a chicken I want to learn to quilt but am afraid...LOL!

I wanted to let you know that I love your house management book, it's really cute!
Great post!
Wishing you a blessed Friday!

Jan said...

Your spring fabric is beautiful--can't wait to see what you make! Rachel's quilt is so sweet--she is doing a great job!

Liberty Star Farm said...

The fact that you are thinking about your Spring Quilt puts you further ahead in the race than me. I really need to start thinking about "thinking about making my quilt" for the swap. It doesn't seem like we've had enough warm days to think about Spring yet!

Katie said...

Wow...what talent you have at your home!! :-) I love the spring colors you chose.


Katie said... more thing...

We just borrowed Sarah Plain & Tall from the library and Skylark the them!! I'm so glad you recommended them! I'm putting a hold on Winter's End so I can watch that one next!

Thanks again!

The Feathered Nest said...

Rachel's quilt is just amazing! I'm so impressed! Learning to quilt is on my want to do list. Love the fabric you chose for the spring quilt.


Copper's Wife said...

Please tell Rachel how wonderful the quilt is! I love all the hand embroidered blocks. What a treat for sweet TJ!

HsKubes said...

What wonderful work she is doing!

Thank you for your comment and so much for your prayers. It is such a blessing to us to know that people are still praying. Thank you!

~ Christina

Sue said...

What a great job Rachel did! TJ will love it, I'm sure!

Your spring fabrics are wonderful, I can't wait to see the results!

Debi said...

Love the spring fabric, and thanks for posting about my blog.

Marilyn R said...

Rachel's quilt is going to be great! Love it! The Spring fabrics yell "Spring" to me - can't wait to see what you do with them!

meggie said...

Rachael's work on that quilt is just lovely!
I LOVE those spring fabrics you have chosen!