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.|
Fantastic job by those budding quilters. And what a story and treasure for the baby.ReplyDelete
Such a great story! I always love sewing with my niece and nephew (though it doesn't happen near enough) and have been amazed through the years at just how focused they can be when they're making the choices and creating the item. And the pride in their finished product is boundless. I love looking at the pics I've taken of them showing off their pj's/pillows/whatevers. Great memories in the making!ReplyDelete
How wonderful. Great job mom...eeek, I can't picture letting my granddaughter use my machine...kudos to you for your patience and instruction, they both did lovely work!ReplyDelete
I hope you never lose Baby Sister's quilt (or that it doesn't wear out!) so you'll always have this story to tell. What a treasure!ReplyDelete