Then when we were picking summer camps for this summer she latched on to a Lalaloopsy Camp where the (day) campers would be using sewing machines and hand sewing their own Lalaloopsy dolls. A week at camp and she made a doll, a pet for her doll and a pillow (sewing wise- they did tons of other activities too).
This was her Lalaloopsy:
|She sewed this herself. The stitches are very rough and the teacher had to help at a few points but for a five year old? Come on!|
I thought she would lose interest. Not a chance. I did all the pressing (hot iron + five-year-old=burns?) and then she helped baste her quilt. She wanted a pieced backing. Girl after my own heart! I used a scrap of batting and I did an enclosed seam as if it were going to be a pillow cover instead of a quilt. This eliminated any need for binding.
She got right on the quilting. My Janome has about a zillion decorative stitches, 99% of which I have never tried. Not my brave quilter! She chose various stitches and then got to work sewing a line down the centre of each row.
|Little hands guiding her quilt.|
|Finished! She was very proud.|
|I may not love all her choices but she was thrilled! And she insisted I take pictures of it in the backyard "just like you do for your quilts, Mommy."|
|Some flannel she pulled from my stash for the backing. Great choices, I think. Yes, she pieced the back as well.|
|My favourite decorate stitch that I will have to steal for myself. Mode 3, Stitch 11, a curve that looks amazing.|
|Baby and quilt awesomeness.|
And when her little friend who is the same age came over for a sleepover, the friend, B, asked it she could make a quilt, too. She was not nearly as focused as my daughter was but she did announce that she wished she had a sewing machine at her house!
|The friend's quilt. She insisted on putting those oranges together, and keeping all those similar pieces together. I let her have creative license!|
|The back of the friend's quilt.|