Friday, April 17, 2009

Online Quilt Festival

How fun and inspirational, Amy of Park City Girl's is having a Blogger's Quilt Festival. She asked for us to post a favorite quilt and blog about it.
I love quilts and learn something new each time I make one. But the quilt I chose to use is my daughters quilt that she made at age 9, last summer. She is now 10



She wanted to learn how to sew and make a quilt. Quite a big project but we had the summer ahead so away we went. She chose her favorite colors bright and happy pinks and purples. She had recently seen me make a bargello quilt and wanted something like that so away she went sewing long strips of each color together. She loved operating the sewing machine but getting the hang of sewing straight took a bit, but with every strip she got better and better. At first I sat with her and helped her guide but soon she was doing it all by herself. I realized as she was sewing it our original plan needed to be modified and simplified for her to feel successful and not frustrated. So she cut the strips into 3rds and swapped one and added sashing (so no matching seams) She also wanted to use our leftover strips and then added a border. We took her quilt over to her Aunt Jaime's house to quilt it. I think running the big quilting machine was right up her alley since running computers is not scary at all but second nature to her. She didn't let me touch it, except to help her pin it on to get her started.


I love the confidence she has gained from sewing this quilt. She has even told me that she is going to help me get some of my quilts tops quilted and finished. (I have a tendency to get the top done but have lots and lots of unfinished "flimsies")

28 comments:

Zonnah said...

That is so cool! She did a great job :)

Jeannette said...

Wonderful...an unforgetable sharing has taken place. And of course the resulting quilt is lovely...but such a memory! Fantastic to teach...enable...set free a young creative person. Congratulations to you both.

Kangaroo said...

WOW, good for her! and for you, mama! a lovely result and a new quilter is born!

Patty said...

What an exciting quilt and story!

Natasha said...

Congratulations to your daughter - a great quilt.

Kerri said...

what a beautiful quilt!! i love the pink sashing!!

Nanci said...

Doesn't it just make your heart sing when such a talent is discovered right in your sewing room!

Mary L. said...

What memories you have made, and confidence building for sure! She did a great job..must have had a good teacher.

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a talent you daughter will be. Nice colors and a great job. She has a nice style.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful quilt. She did a really good job! Keep up the good work.

Bunny said...

Your daughter did a great job on the quilt. she has a very good teacher. She will keep you on track to getting the quilts finished. lol

stitchinpenny said...

It is beautiful and a rite of passage that she took and gained confidence and just a little more maturity from.

Hooked on Quilting said...

I'm so jealous, neither of my two daughters is interested in quilting...wonderful and lasting memories together!

cjh said...

What a nice job - tell your daughter that everyone is really enjoying seeing her project and the finished quilt. Maybe she will want to make another one this summer.

hetty said...

Wow! That is a very neat quilt. I love her Vanna White pose! And when she is finished helping you with your quilts, you can send her over to me. I have a whole room full of UFOs.

mngirltx said...

Your daughter did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing her quilt with us.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

She did great! Proud mama moment :) Thanks for sharing

Andi said...

What a fantastic first quilt and a wonderful legacy to pass on to your daughter.
Andi :-)

karenfae said...

only 9 when she made it wow! she is going to be really something one day isn't she.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Emma said...

Wonderful to see your daughter's achievements! My son (3) was telling me earlier today how when he's bigger he'll use my old sewing machine and learn to make quilts!

Tina said...

Great quilt and wonderful that you could share, teach your daughter quilting.

Kim said...

She did a fabulous job! How cool that you now have a quilting buddy close at hand :-) Even better that she's so comfortable with the quilting machine!

Carrie Ellis said...

Cheers to you for fostering her interest. The end result is so much more than a quilt!

rebecs said...

your quilt is soo adorable. I love the bright colors.

SewCalGal said...

Your daughter did a fantastic job. Excellent selection of color. Such a cheerful quilt, as I'm sure your daughter is.

Thank you so much for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Lala said...

Isn't it great when the kids take an interest in your hobby. My D#1 is also making her own quilt. Check out my blog. I love your daughters choice of colours.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Fantastic! My favorite quilt was the one my son and I made. He was 8. :) At this point, he's dying to get on the mid-arm to work with me on the twin size bed quilt I'm doing for him now. It's so sweet to see them grow and gain skill in fun ways, isn't it?

Gayle Bong said...

Wow! Your daughter did a great job. I hope in the future you can enjoy working on quilts side by side. I always enjoy it when my dd spends time with me in the sewing room. Never often enough. She's 32.