What Skills Do You Need to Make a Quilt?

By Kathy Mathews

Apply these skills to your first labor of love!

Basic quilting skills are not that hard to learn and develop

Learning the basic skills needed to make a handmade quilt will provide you and your family with joy that will last a lifetime.

Quilts are eternal. They’ve been a part of our country for centuries, and people love them. If your family is lucky, you own a quilt made by a relative that’s still in pretty good shape. If your family doesn’t have a handmade quilt, why not make one yourself and start a grand tradition? Not only will you and your family enjoy it, but you can also pass it down from one generation to the next. It’s a way to make your home beautiful now and be remembered in the future. Pretty cool, yes?

For those of you saying, “Why can’t I just buy one?” I would say yes, that’s a possibility. But how much can you afford to spend? If you buy a quilt for under $200-$300, it’s not an heirloom and it won’t be passed down. Quilts at department stores and places like Pottery Barn are not using the same quality materials that a handmade quilt uses. The workmanship is not top-shelf — it’s just a fad bedspread made to use and replace. This is fine if you’re looking for a temporary quilt, but it won’t be one you’ll want to pass down from one family member to the next.

So what about buying a high-quality quilt with first-rate workmanship? Again, this is entirely possible, but it will cost you over $1,000. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny. Look for these kinds of quilts at reputable Amish quilt dealerships or from local quilters in your area.

However, instead of shelling out thousands of dollars or buying a cheap knock-off, why not learn how to make a quilt yourself? Yes, I am serious. A simple quilt isn’t too difficult to learn how to make, and you might just enjoy the process enough to make a few more once you’ve tested the waters. If that’s the case, what a lucky family you have!

Once you have your supplies (see my post from last month), you will need to acquire some very basic quilting skills in order to produce a labor from your heart. This will be the gift of love you want to give to a baby or a new couple. Here are the essential abilities you will need to create your own quilt:

  1. Measure and cut accurately — the beginning quilt is not one to trust just by eyeballing it. You’ll be happier with your first attempts if they are measured and cut accurately. You’ll be able to participate in group quilts. You can play with this boundary later on, but for now try to be as precise as possible.
  2. Understand a few basic terms — right side of fabric, right sides together, wrong side of fabric, quarter inch seam, pressing — these are big ones to know if you’re just starting out.
  3. Sew a straight line — my mother did not know how to sew, so I taught her how to turn on the machine, thread it, fill the bobbin and sew a straight line. She used only those skills happily for many years. She made fun pillowcases and afghans.
  4. Sew a quarter inch seam — the easiest way is a quarter inch foot, but I used a strip of masking tape on my throat plate for at least six years and it was very accurate.
  5. Press seams to opposite side so your seams butt up — you don’t want your seams to pile on each other.
  6. Baste together three layers by pins or spray — once you have to top, you have to be able to create the quilt sandwich.
  7. Have the ability to pin the edges together and turn inside out — this will eliminate binding. My daughter used this method for her first two quilts. It shortens the task.
  8. Quilt on your sewing machine with simple lines or tie — once the top is sewn and the quilt has three layers you need to keep those layers together. Some people tie and many people sew designs by hand or machine. Machine quilting in straight lines is very popular now and fairly easy to accomplish. You are now done unless you want binding!
  9. Cut and create binding — your quilt will need to be finished on the sides. If you didn’t do the “pillowcase method” in number seven, you need to create the binding.
  10. Sew binding on a quilt — once the binding is created, you sew it around the edges and then sew it down again. This is the final step, yay!

Ta da, you’re done! Now you have a quilt and it’ll feel great. Celebrate it for the time and love you put into it. You should be proud!

Are these the only skills you will ever need? No, of course not. If you love this wonder we call quilt making, you will surely acquire other skills. But take it slow — your first quilt is meant to express love. It doesn’t have to be a prize winner. You will find that your skills will get better over time, but the love you sewed into that first quilt will remain the same.

I hope you give that first quilt to someone who not only sees stitches and fabric but the love you put into it. The look on their face will fill you up, and you’ll want to repeat that experience again and again.

10 skills, one quilt and you’re hooked. You’ve joined the Quilter ranks.

We welcome you!


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About Kathy Mathews:

Kathy Mathews headshotKathy Mathews has been sewing for 49 years and quilting for 31, which is odd as she’s so young. She taught Spanish and French full time for 35 years in Illinois Public schools and then continued at the college level until 2014. During all that time, quilting and sewing allowed her a creative outlet and kept her sane. In addition to needle arts she is an avid reader, swimmer, traveler and yoga newbie.  She blogs mainly about quilting at www.ChicagoNow.com. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, is the mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to the cutest two year old girl in all the land. You can email her at quiltingsewingcreating@gmail.com.

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Fly Your Own Flag- Summer

by Jamie Fingal

Summer in the City – Make three Summer themed prayer flags using fused scraps.  Follow these quick and easy instructions:

three summer themed flags by j fingal

 

3 Pieces of wool

Start with 3 pieces of wool blended felt from National Nonwovens, that have been cut to be 6×8″ on your mat with a ruler and your Havel’s rotary cutter.

Scraps

I had a lot of scraps from a project that I worked on for Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. All of the fabrics have been fused with Mistyfuse. Fun and bright colors. And the rings, that were made on a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine. They are quite fun too.

Scraps with MistyFuse

I am going to throw caution to the wind and make all three at the same time! I decided that I would do a collage background, using a variety of greens for this one. Once I had it the way that I wanted, you know with color, pattern and balance, I ironed it into place.

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So, now you can see where I am going with this. The cool green of nature in Summer, the red and orange heat of the weather, and the soothing purple of a day on the porch sipping iced tea and putting your feet up.

Squares to make background

Yellow is also a happy color for Summer, so I cut small squares and placed them around each flag, and ironed them into place. I like the look and it adds a little spark to each one.

Cut from the back to use felt as guide.

In making art quilts, I fuse all of my quilts this way. The edges can be messy, but I would suggest that you cut with your sharp scissors from the back, using the felt as your guide. It is way easier this way.

Start with circles from scraps

In my scraps, there were these great circles, that were the insides of the rings, that were cut on the Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine. I think they are so fun to use. Right now, I am trying out the colors on the backgrounds and asking myself, which colors pop out when they come in contact with each other? Which colors kinda blend into the background? I don’t want them to blend in.

Circles

Enter the 6” rings. Now you know where this is going. I am trying these out too. I want to see what works, not only with the backgrounds, but with the circles too.

Place the circles on the flags

Now I am thinking that yellow would look great inside those circles. I am going to place them at different points on the background, instead of being so matchymatchy. I am liking how this looks. I am not going to press them into place, until I get the rings done.

Cut out the circles

Using my really sharp Havel’s Scissors, I am cutting out a portion of the inside of the rings, so there is a space between the inside circle and the outer ring. More like a contemporary sun.

Place fabrics and press

I am pretty happy with how they all look. All of the fabrics have been pressed into place. I added the background wool blended felt – the same kind as the black, only in colors that complimented the quilt tops. You can see that they are rough cut, and I wanted them to be larger than the tops, because they will show on the sides at the end of this process.

Made a spiral using free motion

Next part – free motion machine quilting. First step, just using the needle to make a spiral in the middle and then around the circles.

Free motion sewing

I am turning the prayer flag with my and as the needle echoes the circle on the background.

Quilting lines are not perfect

Yes, I made the arrow thing in my quilting, because it was rather fun. And really I think it adds some interest. You can see that my quilting lines are not perfect. I want to have fun doing this.

Blazing sun

Here is the blazing sun one. I decided that I would change up the design in the yellow portion. This flag is the centerpiece of the three flags, and it was fun to make it different. I am gliding the needle around the circle.

Sew around the flags.

Sew around each flag with a straight stitch. You can do it with a straight stitch foot, but for me who doesn’t want to change the foot, I am staying with the free motion foot.

Sporatic free motion

Here’s the purple one, and you can see I am going with a totally different approach for free motion machine quilting around the circle. Sporatic, wacky and fun. Why not?

Loop-t-loop free motion

And then there is the loop-t-loop. This is really fun and a great way to practice free motion machine quilting.

Trim the felt

After all of the prayer flags have been free motion machine quilted, now is the time to trim the background felt. Using a cutting mat (Havel’s pink), ruler and rotary cutter, make sure you leave some of the felt showing through to the front. This is a nice close up shot to see how much to leave.

Purple prayer flag

Detail shot of the purple.

Orange prayer flag

Detail shot of the red/orange.

Green prayer flag Jamie Fingal

Detail shot of green.

 

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Spring Quilting Fever: Rabbit Dance Baby Quilt

By Terry White

Let spring dance its way in with this
seasonal quilt project!

 

Rabbit Dance Baby Quilt by Terry White.

Rabbit Dance Baby Quilt by Terry White. (Photo: Terry White)

This design is about spring, budding trees and the way our rabbits dance and play across my backyard. I used a color palette that’s popular right now for nurseries in my design, which I love. The silhouette of the rabbits and berry tree on the soft gray polka dot fabric creates a strong graphic quilt, which works well in the current baby nursery decor.

You will need:

Fabrics

1 1/2 yards of 100% cotton white muslin for the appliqués
1 yard of gray small polka dot 100% cotton fabric for the quilt top
1 yard of aqua medium polka dot 100% cotton fabric for the borders and binding
1 yard of medium weight non-woven interfacing
Batting, backing and binding to fit quilt dimensions (I used the border fabric for the binding)

*When doing the stitching on the quilt top, the dimensions of the top can change. I always suggest cutting the backing fabric and batting after the quilt top is finished.

Thread

I used a gray Star multi-colored cotton thread called “Gray Stones.” It’s a light-to-dark gray variegate with 3 to 5 inch random color changes. It’s also one of the threads I designed for the Star line. I think it has a softer effect than a black or solid dark gray would have. Use the same Star thread in the needle and the bobbin for the quilting.

Also:
1 1/2 yards of Wonder-Under paperbacked fusible web
90/14 machine embroidery needle for the whole project

*I suggest you use an open toe embroidery foot for stitching the appliqué. I also suggest you use a darning, free-motion or stippling foot on your machine for the thread drawing and quilting.

Instructions:

Enlarge pattern according to the pattern guide photos located at the end of this article.

Trace the appliqué designs and details onto fusible web. Trace the shapes as they appear in the pattern — they are already reversed for the fusing technique. In the case of the rabbit, trace a second one in reverse.

I made the appliqué designs large enough so that you can use a color thread to appliqué them with the small buttonhole stitch without cutting off any of the design. I always draw my appliqué shapes a little larger than they need to be so that the stitching doesn’t appear to cut off the shape. You don’t need to cut the shapes any bigger to allow for the stitching.

Fuse (according to manufacturer’s directions) the pattern pieces to the white muslin.

Fuse your two tree design pieces next to each other for a continuous flow. (Photo: Terry White)

Fuse your two tree design pieces next to each other for a continuous flow. (Photo: Terry White)

Two tree design pieces are fused right next to each other for the continuous tree design.

Trace the details with a dark marker at the same time you trace the rabbits onto the fusible web. (Photo: Terry White)

Trace the details with a dark marker at the same time you trace the rabbits onto the fusible web. (Photo: Terry White)

When tracing the rabbits onto the fusible web, trace the details with a dark marker at the same time. After fusing the web to the fabric, turn the appliqué over and trace the details with a light marking pen onto the fabric.

 

These are what your dancing rabbit applique shapes will look like. (Photo: Terry White)

These are what your dancing rabbit applique shapes will look like. (Photo: Terry White)

Cut the shapes out. My suggestion is to arrange the appliqués onto the quilt top first. Reference the first photo at the beginning of this article for placement of the appliqué pieces. You can make some marks on the top with a light or disappearing marker. Take the pieces off and lay them aside.

Then, only fuse the center tree shape to the top.

Back the quilt top with the interfacing before doing the appliqué work. I always use a stabilizer when doing any kind of machine embroidery, and this part is embroidery. It adds body to the quilt top fabric which helps to prevent puckering and distortion.

 

Adjust your machine's settings for a small buttonhole stitch. (Photo: Terry White)

Adjust your machine’s settings for a small buttonhole stitch. (Photo: Terry White)

Set your machine for a small blanket (or buttonhole) stitch. The stitch should also be adjusted to a lower tension so that the stitches are not too tight. This is a good time to do some experimenting with the same materials you’re using in this quilt to make sure the tension settings work for a beautiful stitch. Make a note of the stitch settings that work for you.

 

Next, fuse a rabbit and stitch.

Fuse your rabbit and stitch together. (Photo: Terry White)

Fuse your rabbit and stitch together. (Photo: Terry White)

Fuse the other rabbit and stitch. Fuse the circles along the tree and stitch. Then, fuse the blossoming pieces and stitch. This helps to keep each appliqué shape in pristine condition until you are ready to stitch it.

Layer the quilt top with batting and backing.

Baste the quilt, and quilt with free-motion stitching.

 

Using the same variegated gray thread will give this piece a softer finish. (Photo: Terry White)

Using the same variegated gray thread will give this piece a softer finish. (Photo: Terry White)

I love the effect of using the same variegated gray thread for quilting. The scrolls don’t have a harsh solid appearance, as the color fades in and out on the gray background.

The two photos show my quilting design. I used the rabbit’s tail as my quilt pattern for the allover.

A close-up shot of the quilt design. (Photo: Terry White)

A close-up shot of the quilt design. (Photo: Terry White)

For the border, I made two scrolls — I quilted one, completing it all around the border, then I quilted the other scroll.

A close-up shot of the quilt's outer border. (Photo: Terry White)

A close-up shot of the quilt’s outer border. (Photo: Terry White)

Bind the quilt, love the quilt and give the quilt to a special baby.

If you don’t thread paint or do any kind of free-motion work, you can use a light gray fabric marker for the details on the rabbit, and then quilt as you know how.

Rabbit for quilt project

Rabbit — make two, one reversed. (Photo: Terry White)

Berry tree outline

Berry tree — berries are numbered for placement. (Photo: Terry White)

Guide for enlargement of rabbit pattern. (Photo: Terry White)

Guide for enlargement of rabbit pattern. (Photo: Terry White)

Guide for enlargement of berry tree pattern. (Photo: Terry White)

Guide for enlargement of berry tree pattern. (Photo: Terry White)

Also, I have 2 Craftsy classes online where I teach free-motion machine embroidery techniques.

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About Terry White:

TerryWhiteTerry White is a studio fiber artist who has been doing this kind of work since 1996. She discovered the techniques she uses, including threadpaint, machine appliqué, piece, quilt, embellish with beads, fibers and minutiae with sewing machine techniques, through experimentation and self-study. She is a wife, stitcher, artist, sister, mother, friend, nana, gardener, baker, writer, student, teacher and American.  See more of Terry’s work at www.threadpaint.com.


 

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Free and Easy Craft Project to Create This Spring:

Fly Your Own Flag this Spring

By Jamie Fingal

I am excited to tell all of you that I am a new fabric designer and my very first line is titled Home is Where Your Story Begins ,by Hoffman California Fabrics.  So naturally, when Jackie Marsal, the account executive for Havel’s Sewing, asked me to design a “Spring Fling” themed project incorporating my new fabric line (just for fun!) I was obviously more than willing to get to work making these fabric flags for you all to create!

Fly Your Own Flag- 3 Fabric Flags for Spring

Bloom, Spring and Grow! Vibrant & fun these fabric flags are certain to cheer up anyone that is stuck experiencing cold weather!

These festive and fun flags are not only great for a variety of fabric artists, but they are also easy enough to make just in time for the upcoming Spring season.

Sample of Jamie Fingal's New Fabric Line

To give everyone an idea of what Jamie’s new fabric line consists of, here is a visual of the sample card.

 The fabric pictured below is hands down one of my favorites. It is covered completely with words, and based on my watercolors. The best part is that you can use the words available or you can easily cut out individual letters in order to create your own words, which is what we will be doing for this project. It only comes in this colorway – bright and fun!

Jamie Fingal's Word Covered Fabric

One of Jamie’s favorite from her new fabric line- It is covered completely with words, and based on her watercolors.

  This project will break down how to create three fabric flags inspired by the Spring season. (Each flag will measure 6×8 inches, vertical format.)

Black Wool Blended Felt

Three pieces of black wool blended felt by National Nonwovens TOY 002.

We are going to start this project off with 3 pieces of black wool blended felt -cut 6” x 8”- as the foundation. This is made by National Nonwovens TOY 002.

I also fused all of my fabrics with Mistyfuse to prepare for this project.

 

House Patterned Fabric

This house covered fabric is a perfect focal point for the fabric flags.

The next fabric that we need is the house patterned fabric. This is a a colorful fabric which can be used in a variety of ways.

This particular fabric- covered in different styles of houses of various shapes, colors, sizes- is the perfect focus point for two of the flags we will create.

Next, simply cut out a house out from the fabric, which is near the size of the flag, or slightly larger.

House Covered Fabric

 Fuse this to the felt.

Fused Fabric House

If you turn it over, you can cut the excess from the back, which will make it easier to get it straight. Find the letters B-L-O-O-M and set them aside.

B-L-O-O-M Fabric

Place the letters on the side and iron into place.

Fussy Cut Flowers

Using your favorite fussy cut scissors, cut out some flowers from the house fabric.

Fabric Flower Arrangement

Place the flowers on the lower portion of the flag and iron into place. Trim any areas that overlap from the back. Set aside.

Sky and Flag Fabric Cut Outs

For the second flag, using the blue circle fabric, cover one of the felt foundations, to cover about 2/3 of the felt from the top down.This will be used to create a sky effect.

Turn the flag over and cut from the back.

It would be fun to use some of the bunting flags in this one.  So, from the landscape fabric, find a row that would work for your flag.

Fussy cut out.

SPRING Fabric Flag

 

 

Place the flags in the upper portion.

Find the letters for the word SPRING, and place them just below the bunting flags.

Iron into place, and cut the extras from the back.

 

 

Using lime green striped fabric, cut the top with pinking shears.

It makes a great little detail, and it’s fun!

Pinked Grass Fabric

Using Havel’s PInking Shears adds a fun & unique effect to your fabric.

Fussy cut out a row of houses, and the larger flowers, like this blue and pink one below.

Houses and Various Pictures

The text fabric also has little houses and artful drawings which are useful for various art.

Place the houses in place, just below the pinking line.

Ironed In Place Fabric

 Once the house is set, iron the fabric in place.

Next, cut out the flowers and place them on the flag.  DO NOT  iron this down yet.

Flower Your Flag

Using the landscape fabric, fussy cut out the stems and leaves. (So that basically you are cutting off the top of the flowers.)

Cutting Larger Flowers

The stem and leaf unit will be used for your larger flowers.

After you decide where you want everything – flower-wise, iron them to the background.

Spring Flag #2

Set this flag aside, and now we are onto Flag number 3.

This house is larger, so you need to allow for that.

Creating the house Flag

We will add the blue circles to the sky, to make up for the empty space.

You can see where I have a strip of blue on the top.

Floral Landscaping

Then you can see where I have added some floral landscaping to the bottom portion of the 3rd flag in order to fill in the green.

Next, find and cut out the letters for the word G-R-O-W.

GROW Flag

Place the letters on the top and iron them into place.

Back each flag with a coordinating color of wool blended felt.

Now they are ready to be free motion machine quilted.

Backing the Fabric Flags

The backing for these flags is Fuschia WCF 001.

  After they are quilted, press with an iron, then trim the backing.

You want the backing to show just a tad- this helps to bring out the colors in the flag.

Havel's Rotary Cutter and Mat for Trimming

Using Havel’s 60mm Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat to trim the backing.

Using the free motion foot,  zig zag the edges of each flag into place.

Zig Zag Stitching the Backing

Example of how the backs were easy to free motion machine quilt. You can see where Jamie went around the houses, objects and lettering with ease.

Here are the three finished flags:

All Three Fabric Flags

And individually:

BLOOM

BLOOM

SPRING

SPRING

GROW

GROW

I hope that you have enjoyed making this Spring Fling fabric flag project as much as I did!

 

Jamie Fingal


About Jamie Fingal:

Jamie is a an award winning artist & fabric designer from Orange, CA. You can contact her and order fabric at http://JamieFingalDesigns.com/.

 

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How to Help a New Quilter Get Started

Tips for fabric, cutting & more!

By Kathy Mathews

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I can clearly remember signing up for my first quilting class. I had been sewing since I was twelve but as I was about to turn the big THREE – O I felt the need for something new in my life. I had seen a handmade quilt on a bed of a friend of mine and knew that I had to make one. I was pretty set for basic sewing notions but the class list of what I needed to start quilting had some items that were new to me. The list was a bit anxiety producing, thrilling and a tad expensive.

I was self-motivated because we had family quilts. My grandmother and her two sisters had been quilters and exposed me to it. They planted a seed which was dormant for about 20 years but when it blossomed, it grew big time.

I was so lucky to have had someone who exposed me to quilting. I wish everyone did. I havestarted the wonder that is quilting for me, my step daughter and now my granddaughter. My step daughter was 20 and my granddaughter is only 2 so my approach was and is quite a bit different.

My step daughter lived with us when she was in middle school. It seemed like grades 5 through 8 involved quite a bit of sewing. I made her play costumes, quilts, pillowcases and favors for her birthday parties. She and I get along really well now but then, there were some definite non Brady bunch moments. Sewing was our first and enduring bond.

She became interested in sewing by seeing the things around the house and the handmade items I gave her. I signed her up for lessons, just like I had Shelby and Emily. She made a little quilt in a Mother daughter class and we were all thrilled with it. After she left, she missed the sewing on demand that was available around here. A seed had been planted for her. This kind of exposure is what I am doing with Zara now also, she plays in my sewing room, she adores quilts and sewing is just a part of everyday life.

For Olivia’s 20th birthday, she wanted a sewing machine. Her sister and Mom got her one at Target and I begged to help and by help I meant completely control this present. They all agreed to let me, even took the machine back. I was in heaven! The early exposure had taken root and I was about to “water”the sprout completely!

I got Olivia a Bernettesewing machine, a necessity for all new quilters. I am all about avoiding play sewing machines or tricky antique ones for young sewists. (I made that mistake with my oldest and I have never heard the end of it.) Buy a lower level mechanical sewing machine of the brand you adore.

After that I put together a quilting sewing kit for her, with some attention paid to a quilt class list. She was not living with me so I wanted her to be completely prepared. She was the only child interested in sewing so far, I didn’t want to blow this!

First: cutting. I got her a decent sized cutting mat, quality rotary cutter and replacement blades. I wanted her to have really good scissors so I got my first pair sharpened and passed them on to her. I think being able to cut well is the most important start for a new quilter. And what’s the secret to being able to cut well and accurately? Quality tools that cut consistently and last for decades, a bargain in the long run.

Second: measuring. When you cut, you have to be able to measure. There are so many fabulous rulers out there. I chose a simple 18” plastic ruler and a really good 12.5” acrylic square. It’s important to cut but it has to be accurate.

Third: sewing. By golly, sewing a quilt does involve sewing. She would have well cut, accurate pieces but she needed a quarter inch foot for that machine and a walking foot for the quilting. Luckily, these are not that expensive for a Bernette. And when you sew, you’re going to make mistakes. It’s just part of sewing and quilting. I did not get her as quality a seam ripper as I have, some holiday I will have to upgrade her.

Fourth: Pins and thread. Almost done but sewing involves thread and pins. I have fabulous pins and magnetic “pin cushions” for them. I had hundreds of standard pins and a pin cushion. Before a year was up, I got her a magnetic one. I also got her a big spool of off white Aurifil thread. She has never bought herself a replacement spool of Aurifil but having one luxurious spool is at least amongst her stash.

Fifth: Fabric. Oh yeah, she needed to have some fabric and I think this is where most people start when they sew. We got her a gift certificate to the quilting store for lessons and fabric.

Finally: some fun. Once you have a machine with the proper feet, you can cut, measure, pin and sew that fabric butit’s fun to have some extras. I had a sewing basket I had barely used, a measuring tape and some duplicate books. Olivia loved them!

Keeping it going: I have given her gift certificates for more fabric, dual duty thread I no longer want and fabric I can’t see myself using. We got her extra bobbins because really, can you ever have too many?

Olivia made a quilt in her class and was enthralled. She is a Pinterest nut and finds all kinds of cool projects. She makes purses, bags, Halloween costumes and presents. She’s very inventive and creative.

I can’t wait to do this all again with my granddaughter. She’ll start out sewing with me in my sewing room so do I really need to buy anything for her? Probably not but that hasn’t stopped me. She has her own sewing table and chair where now she just colors. I got her a pink and white Bernette for Christmas and birthday which are 9 months away. Yes, it is fairly insane.

I couldn’t control myself because as quilters and sewists, I think we have to first expose, then encourage and finally launch the next generation. I’ve been successful with one and I am hoping I am with my granddaughter.

If not, I may have a cute little pink and white machine for sale in a couple of years!

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