6/26/14

Big Finish

Finally, finally, finally I've finished We are the World. I spent nearly all day on it yesterday, and I am so happy to have it done. Of course, I still need to hand sew the binding onto the back, and I want to add a label to it, but the biggest part is done. Yay!


The fabric for the border and sashing are busy enough that I figured simple stippling was enough there. 


Anything else wasn't going to show much. And I put a heart with a flourish in each of the cornerstones.


Here's how it looks from the back.



Recall that I asked you what you thought about the binding a while back. I wasn't sure whether to use the polka dots or the rainbow fabric. The vote was an even split for each fabric. Some of you had other creative ideas about how to do it. After toying with several ideas, I decided to use the rainbow for a flange and then bind it with the polka dot. I like the way this turned out.


While I started this quilt for the 2013 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, it is going to end up as a gift for the granddaughter of our good friend, Chuck. Her name is Frankie. She's a cutie, isn't she?


In October, 2013, Frankie was diagnosed with a devastating neurological disorder known as Rett Syndrome. It took quite some time to obtain an accurate diagnosis, and it will be a rocky road ahead for Frankie and her family. I was just finishing sewing together the blocks for We are the World when I learned of Frankie's diagnosis. I knew immediately that this quilt was intended for her all along. People come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities, and I firmly believe that the world needs all of us. You can read more about Frankie's story right here.

In other news...I discovered two strawberries that the deer missed. I popped them in my mouth quickly before a deer showed up to take them out of my hand. With all the strawberry plants we have, we could sell strawberries in a booth by the side of the road...except for the friendly deer, who eat them like pigs.


And someone's been digging for gophers again. This makes Mike very happy.


Today will be a busy day. I've spent the past several days doing nothing but sewing, and I'm still needing to do some housework. Also, I'm getting my hair permed. I need to pick up a few things from the grocery store for our camping trip this weekend, and then I need to start preparing some food. I may not blog again until we get back from our trip on Monday, but I'll probably post a few pictures from our trip between now and then.

Also, don't forget that the NewFO Challenge and Linky party goes live on Monday. Are you ready to show off your new stuff?

26 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It is a lovely quilt and what a wonderful tribute to a sweet young girl.

Cinder Gal said...

Having watched your progress on We are the World quilt it is great to see the finished product. It is beautiful.

As I was cruising thru Pintrest I found this DIY anti-deer spray.

http://www.creativeinchicago.com/2011/05/homemade-deer-repellant-spray.html

My cousin has lots of problems with deer and she uses dryer sheets and is amazed how well they work.

Marei said...

Your girls came out beautifully and I know the quilt is going to be well loved.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Congrats!! You got it done!!! It's a beautiful finish and an even more beautiful gift!! I LOVE LOVE your binding. I've only seen this flange style once before and need to google "how to" as I really like it! The rainbow with dots is such a complimenting finish Barb!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Please link this under our dots theme!! :) SMILES!

carla said...

Hi!!!! It is beautiful and will be wonderful for Frankie!!!!

Jeanie said...

Such a sweet quilt that is going to bring lots of joy and comfort to Frankie and her family as they take this troublesome journey. Beautiful job!

Anita in Florida said...

Love your quilt! Especially love the flange binding...

gpc said...

Gotta admit, I didn't have much hope for this quilt when you started it. I didn't see the charm in your pointy headed ladies. But now that they are all together I love them. You're right, we need us all, pointy headed or not.

beaquilter said...

this turned out lovely! and great binding idea.... great gift.

Diane Wild said...

What a wonderful finish. The "girls" are beautiful. Have a great trip to the mountain.

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful quilting.

Debbie

LynCC said...

LOVE it. Definitely needs to go to Frankie. The flange/binding combo is perfect.

Cath said...

Terrific quilt and I am sure Frankie will love it! We have friends whose eldest daughter has same and her diagnosis was slow and frustrating too. Looking forward to NewFO Challenge for the month. Have a safe and wonderful trip away.

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful quilt ... heart rending story ... prayers for Frankie and family ... <3

I <3 Smitty!

I am starting a NewFo as I type ... see you Monday ... :) Pat

Kirsty said...

We are the World is fabulous, love the dotty fabric and the way that some quilts choose their recipients - Frankie is such a cutie! All the best for your trip. Are the cats going in the catio with you?

Christine M said...

Your quilt looks lovely Barbara. How lovely of you to give it to Frankie. I'm sure she will love it.

Junebug613 said...

Congratulations on getting the quilting done and having Big Bertha back where she belongs, doing what she's supposed to be doing. What a lovely gesture for a special little girl. I just got caught up on your last 2 weeks. We were swamped with work last week and have been searching and dealing with the heartache of our cat, Diva getting out on Saturday night. I hope you have a fantastic trip.

Janarama said...

Frankie is going to LOVE this quilt with all the little girls in their pretty little colorful dresses. It's really beautiful and I love the polka dot fabric for the corner stones, border and binding. Have fun on your little getaway!

treadlemusic said...

Frankie is a doll and will fall in love with that quilt for sure!!! The use of both fabrics (flange + binding) is perfect!! A lovely finish! Hugs.............

Carol said...

Your quilt is so beautiful and a perfect quilt for that adorable little girl! Sweet!

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish! I enjoyed watching you make these blocks and they look wonderful all together!

Dar said...

Beautiful finish for a beautiful little girl. Have fun on your weekend trip.

quiltzyx said...

Beautiful! And a perfect gift for a lovely girl.

Glad to hear you beat the deer to the strawberries. Somewhere I heard that Oregon strawberries are the best. I wonder where that was?

fda84e44-8b88-11e3-add3-000bcdca4d7a said...

Yum Yum strawberries!!!
Love your quilt - have followed your work on it and it has sure turned out beautiful - Frankie will be thrilled to receive it..
I hope to try my hand with that pattern if I can just find the time to get in the sewy space.
Have a wonderful time on your trip
MaryLou

Brown Family said...

Your quilt is a beautiful gift to that sweet girl!