Passing It On
My son came to me the other day wanting to make his sister something for Christmas. He does get an allowance, but he's smart enough to realize that he doesn't have enough money for everyone's gifts. The next best thing in his mind was a gift he made himself. You know, that's actually not a bad concept! I'm glad he's figured that out at his age.
Of course, I wanted to know what he had in mind to make. At first he wanted to make a quilt, but after we started talking about how big it would be, he changed his mind and settled on a pillow for her bed and a quilt for her American Girl dolls. That was more reasonable. So we pulled out the bin that contains my collection (you can thank Carolyn for this term referring to the fabric that a person owns) of quilting cottons and he picked out some really nice purples to match her room. He actually liked the Bali hand dyes the best. Besides selecting fabric, I had him draw a picture of what he thought the pillow and quilt should look like:
You can see from the photo above that mom did a little cleaning up of the design. I also allowed for a 1/2" seam allowance instead of the 1/4" traditionally allowed in quilting. It is easier for him to work with a bigger seam allowance. After some cutting help from mom, he was ready to arrange the fabrics in his final design. He even took a picture of it so that he could remember what colors went in what place.
He's been coming down to the studio early every morning before his sister gets up and working on his project. Today was the first day he sewed. I let him use my machine and he loved it! My machine has a speed control, and set on the slowest setting he did a great job. He was so excited to see the pieces coming together. Here he is, getting a little help from Max:
He's got the center section constructed and we're hoping to finish the pillow cover tomorrow! He's so excited and it is fun to see him really enjoy designing and putting something together. Stay tuned, I'll show you the final results when he's all done.
Parting Shot: I'm Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving? No, this is not a picture from last year. This is from today! We got a couple inches of snow and the children went out to enjoy it, as it will probably be gone tomorrow due to the incoming rain.