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!