Thursday, March 22, 2018

Special guest

Friday last week saw a special guest come into my studio for an afternoon of sewing.  My great niece.  She was so excited to spend an afternoon with her Aunt Rosie (me) sewing.  She even choose a special dress for the occasion and even curled her hair.  This is excitement on a grand scale we are talking about!  LOL

The plan was to make a blanket for her doll and after going through stacks of squares, she chose 20 squares and I trimmed them as they were slightly different sizes.  See this baggie of trimmings?  As I was tossing them into the garbage bin, she was head first in the bin grabbing them back and claimed they were perfect for her Mom to sew something with.  Maybe glue onto a piece of paper, but not sew ..... way, way too small.  All the trimmings were dutifully put into this baggie.  All of them.  Lordy, what have I created with this child?  A fabric hoarder?
There was a lot of oohing and aahing when she spotted my pails of scraps .....
and my overflowing bin of scraps.  Why did I have those?  To make quilts from.  I could just see her wanting to dive into those pails and bin and have a wonderful rummage through them.  Luckily, I was able to refocus her on the task on hand.
After the squares were trimmed, she had the decision of where to put each square on the design wall.  A few changes were made and it made her think of colour placement and what was pleasing to the eye.
Sewing the squares was interesting.  Safety first, she had to wear her glasses.  Oh, the what, why and how questions were coming at me fast and furious.  She was quite fascinated with my gadgets and why did I have so many of the small screw drivers and why did I have that funny looking brush?  And the questions went on and on and ......
After an hour, this is what was accomplished.  Not bad, eh?  She did get a little bit bored sewing the squares.  My foot was on the petal and she wanted me to go faster.  Weeeee ...... 

Some flannel fabrics were pulled out for the backing and she choose the lollipop backing.  Perfect for her quilt.   There will have to be another session to complete the blanket, but for a first-time go .... not bad.  Once she saw this hanging on the design wall, she didn't realise that was what we were doing.
After she left .... whew .... I was ready for a nap!

Have a great stitching day!

6 comments:

TakeMeThereTotes said...

Yes. I have done this with my older grandkids, mostly boys, several times. We have made pillows cases, drawstring bags and dog collars for stuffed animals. Boy do they have questions! And think nothing of using a rotary cutter when I turn my head! We have had to set down some rules but they always want to come over and sew on their school holidays! I look forward to making doll quilts when the girls get bigger.

Frog Quilter said...

How wonderful!

Julie Fukuda said...

Makes me recall last summer's quilting project with my #4 granddaughter. Fun to pass the passion to the next generations.

Kyle said...

What a special day. Looks like you might have created a new quilter

Chookyblue...... said...

The most special time........ Always best to hand on our skills......

eloidastitches said...

Oh I bet this was SO much fun!!! ...and tiring. lol So much fun to see all that excitement, and to live it through the eyes of a young one. What a special time.