On Friday evening my daughter and three friends took over my quilting space to piece a quilt top. I think they had all sewn pillow cases back in 8th grade, so the sewing machine was not completely alien. I demonstrated proper pinning, pressing and sewing technique then escaped upstairs. I was called to demonstrate how to re-thread the machine, but otherwise, they managed on their own.
I sliced the panels of strips and added the sashing. The girls were game to sew the sashing, but I goofed on the slicing (after they asked me to slice because they were worried about messing up!) and I had to figure out how to straighten things out. I wasn't thinking clearly enough for that at that time of night, so I sent them home. Working out a day and time these busy high school girls could all come over for the first part was tricky. I didn't think we could get them all together again to add the sashing and still get the quilt finished in time, so I sewed the sashing myself today.
Are you ready for your daily chuckle? A couple of the girls had after-school commitments so had to arrive later, and they and my daughter were concerned that the quilt would be done by the time they arrived. My daughter asked if it would take more than a couple of hours. I was kind. I didn't laugh out loud!
It took almost 5 hours for them to sew the strips together, so now they know sewing can be a bit more time consuming than they thought! I'm pretty sure they were proud of their work and they are very excited to give this quilt as a gift.
My daughter will be drafted to help me baste next weekend, because she, unlike her friends, is here. I'll quilt in the ditch the following week, and then I'll see who I can draft to help sew binding. I'm just so happy my daughter actually asked to sew at all that I'll probably not quibble if she has a stack of homework and I end up sewing the binding myself!
Love the story behind this quilt. Gorgeous, soothing colors!ReplyDelete
Wonderful!! How great to think that they thought of making a quilt when they wanted a gift for a friend - it looks great and I bet they are so proud of their efforts - and will be even prouder when it is finished and gifted!ReplyDelete
Great quilt! Love the fabrics. My daughter showed interest in quilting once or twice, but it never lasted long. She does like to help me pick the fabrics and design, so that's something.ReplyDelete
The quilt is so pretty! I'm glad the girls were able to do most of this. Hoping they catch the quilting bug and make many more. ~JeanneReplyDelete
So wonderful to get the younger generation to make something these days!! My 5 yr old grandson helped me work on string blocks over a month ago. Saturday he said Gma that was so much fun and wanted to do it again...just to find a time that works for us both.ReplyDelete
What a great looking quilt top! I am impressed with your daughter and her friends. My daughter was never interested in sewing, although she is a beautiful knitter. My 11 year old granddaughter has been sewing with me, though, so I am happy about that.ReplyDelete
How cool. Looks great, too!ReplyDelete
This is lovely and such a perfect project for learning to quilt. I'm sure your daughter and her friends enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Just saw a great tutorial from Sew Kind of Wonderful as a blog post showing more about cutting and sewing those Chic Country blocks. Haven't started mine yet so hopefully this will help. :-)
Very nice! You may have to set a schedule for regular classes for those future quilters! ---"Love"ReplyDelete
They made a wonderful quilt and it is a gift! They are true quilters!What fun to watch the girls work on their own project.ReplyDelete
I love it when girls are sewing anything!ReplyDelete
They have done a fantastic job under your expert tutelage. What a wonderful achievement.ReplyDelete
It's fantastic that they thought to give someone a quilt that they made as gift. Wonderful that you can pass on this quilting tradition to your daughter and friends.ReplyDelete
Your daughter (and her friends) listening and obeying and a darn pretty quilt - that is a win-win situation.ReplyDelete
What a great group project. It looks lovely.ReplyDelete