My nine 4th grade Girl Scouts made a start on these at camp this weekend. They wanted to learn to sew and they wanted to do a service project. Making pillow cases for pediatrics wards seemed like a good way to do both. Each girl is making one, though there are only 4 in this picture. They got as far as sewing on the cuff and pressing it. We used the “sausage pillowcase” method to hide that seam, and pinning three layers of fabric with edges more or less even turned out to be more challenging for them that I anticipated. They were troopers though, and kept at it. Two of the girls admitted to being “scared” when they sat down at the sewing machine, but in the end I think they ended up with the straightest seams! Using an iron was also a first for all of them, with lots of whispered comments like “Mom won’t let me do this at home!”. We’ll sew the side and bottom seams at our next meeting and they can show their work off to their parents before we donate the pillow cases.
We would have finished these at camp but the weather was so unbelievably lovely that we opted for more time outdoors and less inside. We played games to learn to use compasses, and laid trails for each other with part of supper hidden at the ends. A lot of fun. We even had time for a good long sing-a-long before bed. I may regret introducing them to “The Quartermaster Store” song when they ask to sing all 26 silly verses in a row at some point (and they will!).
Now that camp planning and packing and the actual camp are over I’m treating myself to uninterrupted quilting time. It seems like a long time since I’ve indulged properly. However the quilt shop in town finally held a freemotion quilting class last Thursday night and I came home inspired. I have a new plan for quilting the Christmas quilt and I hope I will have progress to show on that by the end of the week.
Have great week!