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Two Very Long and Tedious Projects

Like I mentioned, my girls want to make quilts. And doll quilts just aren't going to cut it. They want quilts big enough to snuggle under. Quilts to enter in the county fair. They're obsessed with the idea. It's all I've heard about since school got out. So, last week I (and I fully deserve a medal for this) helped them get started.

I gave them some options-  simple patchwork, simple checkerboard. Nope. They wanted to look at one of my quilt books. So, I gave them the one I thought would least likely lead to my own emotional breakdown- Sunday Morning Quilts. I thought the scrap-using, improvisational nature of these quilts would work well with kids. They loved each and every quilt in the book. After much back and forth and mind changes, this is what they've decided on.

Ellery is making the Up, Up and Away quilt.


But with much bigger base squares and triangles. We've got a system down which is working really well for her skill and interest level. She picks a color scrap bin and pulls twelve scraps out of it. I trim them to roughly triangular if need be. We chain piece them to 12 4.5" squares- either with me guiding the fabric and her working the sewing machine petal or with her guiding the fabric and me working the petal. She cuts the blocks apart. I press and trim the blocks. She puts them up on the design wall. We get twelve blocks done in under half an hour and she's back outside playing before it becomes too much of a chore for either of us.


We worked on it Thursday, Friday and Sunday and she's got 36 blocks to show for it. If we're going for a twin size, we'll need somewhere between 250 and 300 blocks. We'll see how long her enthusiasm for the project lasts.

Anna chose the Candy Coated Quilt. Really, not much surprise there. It's pink and red and has candy in the title. Perfect for a 7 year old girl.


We spent Thursday with her pulling long strips out of the scraps bins and me cutting them into manageable sizes.

Getting started pulling scraps.

Friday she started sewing them together, which is a much more complicated process. She's actually sewing them together by herself. Putting together the fabric, guiding them through the machine, working the petal, fixing her own mistakes, the whole nine yards. It's a little nerve-wracking for both of us. It's takes just about all the restraint I have not to just jump in and do it for her. But, it's only been two days and she's making definite improvements.

She takes it very seriously.

I cut all her fabric and do all the pressing. Definitely not ready to set my 7 year old loose with a rotary cutter or hot iron.

57" by 10". 5 more inches and she's got one whole row done.

After two sessions at the sewing machine, she's almost got one full strip! If their enthusiasm lasts, we might actually have finished quilts by the time the fair rolls around.

These are both quilts that were on my "To Make" list. Ellery's in particular I love. I've already decided to make a queen size version just as soon as we're done with hers. Heaven forbid we mix up her squares and my squares! So, I have a confession- I'm having a very hard time not working on them myself after they go to bed. I'm excited for these quilts, too. I want to see them all snuggled up under them.


balloongal said…
This is so exciting. I'm excited to see how they turn out.

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