My child is blessed to be the daughter of a quilter. She’s been around sewing since her youngest days. When she was 15 months old, she would play with ‘balloon’ pins in my pincushion. At 2.5, she’d bury herself in fabric. Before 4, she’d designed a quilt and helped to make it. She’s been using sewing machines since she was 5. I always decided that if I could involve her in my hobby(obsession), I could have more time for my hobby(obsession). And have more quality time, and encourage her creativity, and… the list of rationalizing goes on…
Last summer, she won a pattern at Quilt in a Day’s store – Cinnamon Swirl. She decided this was going to be her first quilt, because it was her pattern. Fine by me, because as it’s a log cabin variation, it’s something that she could do.
In the spring, we found a Honey Bun she liked – Birdie by Moda. It had been out for a while at that point, but we were lucky enough to find some matching yardage for the borders at the same shop.
Slowly, slowly, we worked our way through the quilt. Learning about WOWies (wiggly seams that must be ripped and/or resewn), and easing fabric, and lining up edges. Pinning. Rotary cutting, which still scares me but she does it better than pinning.
At the end of May, her quit looked like this: 5 blocks done, 10 blocks in progress, 5 blocks unstarted. Quilts had to be turned in Sept 5!
When the day came that the top was done we rejoiced with glee! And sent it to school. DD’s teacher last year had a helper that is a quilter. I was sure that she’d get lots of prasie for it, and I was right.
It took us a while to figure out how to quilt it. There were a few false starts, and I ripped out several blocks for her while we figured out how she could best tackle the quilting. We ended up with something that she could do, though it wasn’t either of our first choices. It was her first quilting project ever, and she did good. Sure, there’s variability on the stitch length, and there were a few toe catchers that had to be fixed, but she did it. Herself.
She finished it just in time (with prodding from me). We’d entered her quilt into the San Diego Quilt Show that was last week. The night before the quilts had to be turned in she was stitching on the label. She did everything on this quilt. She sewed it, quilted it, and bound it all on her own. I helped with cutting, pinning, and basting, but made her try those skills too. Pinning seems to be her worst subject!
She got it done, and her entry was hanging there for everyone to see! They had the kid’s quilts in a different place this year.
But, they backed right up to the featured quilter’s area this year. Eleanor Burns was the featured quilter this year. She was so kind to my daughter! Knew the quilt, and said she’d been mentioning it in all of her Strip Tzzz lectures. We ended up staying for one of the lectures, and Eleanor recognized my daughter in the audience. Called her up front. Then Eleanor proceeded to toss her own quilt up on to the crossbar, tug the drapes apart, and flip my daughter’s quilt through from the back for all to see. Loved it!!!
Afterwards Eleanor went around the corner with us and had a picture taken in front of the quilt with my daughter. So great!
My daughter is proud of herself, rightfully so. I’m proud of her, too! You go, girl!