Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Passing on the quilting bug

My daughter Miranda (18) decided she wanted to try her hand at quilting. She has tried each of the crafts I have dabbled in over the years. When she was 8 she learned to knit and crochet. Along the way she learned plastic canvas, cross stitch, paint by number, and who knows what else lol.

She has a great eye for colors and design. She is my partner in crime on fabric shopping sprees. So when she decided she wanted to try quilting I very calmly said sure, I can teach you. Of course inside I was screaming lol. I sent her the link to Quilter's Cache and had her look through the blocks to find something that caught her eye. I tried to convince her to start out with a 9 patch, but nope...not her. She has to pick for herself or she won't stay interested.

She started with the A's and found something she liked right away. She decided on the Alabama block. A good block for an adventurous beginner. The next stop was to raid Mom's stash. OK, this part hurt. I don't like sharing my stash. I guess we need to go shopping for her soon. is her first block:

This was her first time using the rotary cutter and her first time sewing pieces together. We knew it would be wonky after the 9 patch. I asked her if she wanted to re-cut her pieces but she wanted to follow through with what she had already cut. She learned a lot from this block. The next one will be much better I'm sure. She is a bit discouraged but I think she will feel better with the next block.  I actually like it wonky.

Since Miranda is getting the sewing bug, Daddy said I can go out and buy her a sewing machine for her room. We tried to use my old Singer but it was giving us fits. So, the girls get to go out and buy a new one. I think we will just start with a basic one for now. She will also need her own rotary cutter, ruler, and mat cuz Momma ain't gonna share all the time. lol


Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh it is so fun to share a passion with your children, but you are right , she needs her own things!!!

JRZ Jenn said...

oh wow - that's great she's picking up from you and starting to quilt! I'm excited for her! (And you!)

I love her block - it looks really great wonky. She did so much better on her first block than I did on mine!

~LilFrankie~ said...

I can't wait till my girls are old enough to join in!!! It looks great, I wouldn't have known it was a first block if you hadn't told us!