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Rachel’s Quilt

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I’ve finally got the 56 blocks for Rachel’s quilt sewn together. 50 square in a square blocks and 6 randomly placed stars. The pattern is Simple City by Carrie Nelson.

In Carrie’s instructions she states that blocks should be cut down to 9 1/2 inch squares before setting together. I had several that were smaller, so in the end cut everything down to 9 inches – and they went together like a dream. It’s certainly way easier to put the blocks together and avoid any puckering and unevenness by trimming them like this – although (amazingly) it’s something I’ve never done before on a quilt. I’ll certainly be doing it more in the future! The little mountain of offcuts accumulating in the bin was indescribably satisfying – pale multi-coloured spaghetti!

As you can see, the quilt is very soft and understated – it has an old-fashioned femininity which I love and is delicate and definitely girly. The Beach House fabrics worked well together and I had just enough to get the blocks made – but not enough for a border – so that’s one decision I don’t have to make!!

Hopefully I will get it quilted and finished off over the next week.

Have a lovely Friday. I’m planning an evening of self-indulgent Strictly watching, accompanied by a little knitting….and maybe a glass of pink wine. My poorly hip has been playing up dreadfully, resulting in a cortisone injection at the doctor’s yesterday – so I’m well-justified in putting my feet up!!

Helen

10 Responses to “Rachel’s Quilt”

  1. Julie Says:

    The quilt is exquisite – those colors/prints together are truly gorgeous. I hope the injection gives you total relief. You deserve to put your feet up Helen! Have a happy and restful and indulgent weekend.

  2. CarlaHR Says:

    Ouch!!!!! Yes do put your feet up and give the hip a good rest.
    The quilt is just as lovely as I thought it would be – if you want to add a border why not just pick your favourite solid colour from within the top.
    Speaking of knitting are you familiar with the “magic loop” technique?

  3. Jane Says:

    Very pretty! Looking forward to seeing your backing & binding choices.

  4. marycatharine Says:

    It’s beautiful and very soothing! I love squaring up my blocks whenever possible, makes everything so lovely and even.

  5. diane stanley Says:

    soft and feminine. Really pretty.

  6. Stephanie Says:

    It’s a lovely quilt – and a lovely kitten! You put so much work into your quilting and what fantastic results. Lucky Rachel.

  7. Stephanie Says:

    PS another giveaway on my blog today. Do enter!

  8. Annabella Says:

    I love squaring up blocks – so satisfying! Such a sweet and pretty quilt.

  9. Vanessa Says:

    It looks lovely. I wish I were as talented.

  10. Pam T. Says:

    Ahhh, a girl after my own heart! Quilting, knitting, cooking, gardening & all those good things! Your quilt is awesome & I love your commentary on the trimmings as pale spaghetti. I found you through the Patchwork & Quilting List. I had to smile at the name of your blog because it seems that’s the daily routine for me! I’ll be stalking 🙂 you!