I come from a long line of quilters – some by necessity and some by choice, all of them talented! When one of my sweet girls showed an interest last Spring, we spent time working on a project and some basic sewing with my Nana. Fast forward almost a year, and spending Wednesday mornings assisting a local Dorcas Ministries Quilting Guild – my sweet girl’s interest has grown, so we combined practical homeschool applications with two 4H projects, Sewing I and Quilting!
Her first Sewing I project involved making pillowcases for ConnKerr as part of our County’s 4H Community Service project. Our contact indicated the greatest need involved boys and/or teens, so the girls selected soccer and Minions as their themes. Little Miss helped with fabric selection while Punklies did the sewing. I assisted with cutting and pressing, for safety reasons.
These cases also resulted in her first “commissioned” work – custom pillowcases for a friend who was updating the decor in her boys’ rooms. By request, she chose Star Wars and Dodgers Baseball themed fabrics and went to work.
We’ve been studying the American Revolution time period during school, and she likes projects, so she decided to make a simple patchwork quilt for her Our Generation doll, Noa. Julie from Butterflies and Barefoot Lasses shared a link to this project, which we modified slightly, opting to machine quilt instead of hand quilt, and following this tutorial for the self-binding method to finish the quilt. I love her enthusiasm and desire to try/learn new things! The doll-sized quilt is perfect practice for the twin-size quilt she’s working for her 4H project.
As a Valentine’s Day Surprise, she made this for me:
My heart *might* have melted just a little! She already working on her next project – a gift for a special friend. Stay tuned!