Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Learning to make a quilt

This is my youngest son. He has been asking to make a quilt for himself for several months now. He has been through my fabric stash numerous times, picking out the ones he really likes. He has followed me through fabric stores and pointed at his favorite prints. I told him we would sit down and I would teach him how to make a quilt. After asking me numerous times to teach him, I found sometime to spend with him & completely focus my time on teaching him. I quickly realized he was not ready to make a project that required a significant amount of time. And, his sewing skills were minimal to zero. So, we decide his first project would be a potholder. He drafted his own design and picked out his fabrics. He liked using the rotary cutter (And I was a nervous wreck). He was given a lesson on safety. Repeated numerous times. Then he was educated on batting. He used cotton batting and insul-brite. Also, he learned about 1/4 " seam allowance.  He played around with the decorative stitches, and I let him be creative. I told him it was his quilt/potholder, his design, and he could do whatever he liked with it. For the border, we kinda cheated. He wasn't ready to learn to do it the "correct" way per quilt police. He never once asked me to finish it for him. After he finished he said, "That wasn't as easy as I thought it would be." He has proudly showed it off to anyone who has been around to visit. I haven't heard anything else about him making a quilt for his bed. Personally, I think he did a great job!!! And, I am very proud of him.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tessellating Stars

This is a quilt I completed last week for a coworker. Her mother passed away a couple years ago & she asked me to make a quilt using her mother's clothes. The pattern is called Tessellating Stars.

Front of the quilt

Back of the quilt

The quilt label was made using computer printer fabric