July 16, 2011
The Birth Of A Quilter!
I have my granddaughter Allie here with me for a month long summer visit! We still have 10 days before she goes home so we took this Saturday to teach her to make a quilt. She really surprised me! But then again, not really because she is very smart for her age of 7! She will be 8 in October but you better not tell her that because she will tell you right quick that she is only 7! ha!
My friend Marie and I took Allie on a quilt shopping spree about a week ago and bought her a beginners quilt pattern. This pumpkin wallhanging caught her eye and she said that she wanted to make it for her mommy. So, we put it in the cart and she smiled all the way to the check out!
We finally got all of the rectangles sewed together and then we had to press the seams open. I showed her how to do it on one seam and then she took over with the iron. I was really proud of her for not being afraid of the iron!
We then returned to the rotary cutter to cut the rectangle strips into 3 inch sections. As before, she made the first pass, followed up by mawmaw for the 2nd. She then had to pin all of the seams together so we could sew the strip pieces together to create the background. I showed her how to butt her seams together and she pinned every last seam herself! I explained how easy it would make it to keep her seam intersections so sharp and precise. She asked me what the word precise meant! ok..ok.. yea... I know... That was a big word.. :)
She took her background to the ironing board and proceeded to iron the seams as I showed her before. But look at this... Even removing the pins instead of sewing over them, she did a fantastic job for her first try! Remember, she pinned them herself and with just a little guidance from my hands, she did her own sewing!! Isn't this fantastic!!
She wanted to quilt it today but I told her it would have to wait a few days because I had customer work on the frame. She took a deep breath and informed me that she did not see why we couldn't quilt it, with it being so small and all!! Alright Miss Allie! :)
By the way... She and Butch went to get pizza while I wrote this story... She came in here from the kitchen and informed me that she had eaten 6 pieces of pizza!! We bought her a cheese pizza to herself... I had to go in to the kitchen just to see if she was pulling my leg!! NOPE!!! She had 2 small pieces left!! She is a little oinker!!! Making quilts sure worked up an appetite on her! ha! :)
So, what do you think about this happy little quilter and her very first quilt! Didn't she do a terrific job!! BTW: Notice her pigtails since lunch??? Very fitting for my blog wouldn't you say?? :)