I asked on the blog a while back if you guys had any tips for me with my 7 year old son who is dying to learn to quilt. We started off small with a ticker tape snack mat. I sewed up a small mat of Kona Ash and a light colored denim (back) and made a pillowcase style mat. I then let the boys do tickertape with some of my favorite scraps. I was surprised when my 7 year old did this:
And I will be honest that I *almost* said "that's not how you do it" when I realized he made letters of his name instead of the regular way but then I thought "What is wrong with me...his way is better!" I love how he "kicked it up a notch" and made it his own. How many ticker tape quilts have you seen with words written on it? None, that's how many! The entire reason I read blogs is for inspiration...not just so I can copy something- that is just not fun for me. He had exactly the right idea. I had him pin the pieces into place and then I went around them with the machine. He is not much for tedious tasks yet.
Fueled by his success, the oldest became more insistent about starting his own quilt. I decided to just go for it. I also told myself to tell him to do a good job and take breaks when I saw him getting sloppy instead of getting frustrated. You know what, it worked. If I saw him getting tired I'd call break time. I had to rip a seam or two where he sewed things backwards but for the most part he was very diligent about keeping close to 1/4" seam as you can see by the finished product:
Me: Rotary cutting (scary!), pinning, sewing edges "pillowcase style" then turning out and top stitching the edge shut
Him: Ironing, Sewing the quilt top, quilting, receiving kudos.
He wanted me to share on facebook and I am sharing with you guys as well. The night he made it I put it over my legs because I was cold and he got a big smirk and said "hey mom, this is coming in handy, isn't it??" He is already on me for quilt number 2. Any pattern suggestions???