Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming...

I've been sewing up a storm recently. You know, 5 days until Christmas and all that, and gifts still to be made. Yesterday afternoon I basted a small (27" square) quilt for my guild's lovey donation last night (more on that in a later post). I taped the backing to the tile floor in my sunroom, and asked my almost 4-year-old to help. Because, well, he was going to "help" regardless.

He added pins to the edge of the batting while I did the actual pin basting. Then, as I was trying to quickly quilt the little lovey quilt (T minus 5 hours to the event!), he said to me, "Momma, I want to make a quilt for my cousins for Christmas."

How could I turn down a question like that?! Change of plans! The lovey could wait (though I did finish it in time...thank goodness for small quilts).

I let him pick out whatever fabrics he wanted. He went heavy on the greens, his favorite color. I cut 3" squares, asked him to arrange the squares, and then he sat on my lap for the actual sewing. His job? Raising and lowering the foot, and pressing the needle up-down button. We cranked out a little 16-patch, which honestly was about as much as his attention span could handle.

love that he wanted to make a quilt, and I love that he wants to give it away. Here's to getting him hooked on quilting early in life!

While I was adding the backing, he decided to "make" another quilt, this one using masking tape. Apparently taping the backing to the ground for basting had inspired him. Here's his second "quilt:"

Now back to my sewing...

One more thing: an update to the recipients of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Did you know that Monday was the last day to mail things in the U.S. for them to arrive guaranteed by Christmas? Well, somehow I missed the memo. So when I went to my post office Monday, the line was OUT.THE.DOOR.

Now, I love you all, but not enough to wait in a line like that for something that really didn't need to arrive by Christmas. Or make everyone else's wait in that same line longer. So I am headed back tomorrow to actually mail them. Here's to a shorter line! Thanks for your patience.


  1. Sounds a lot like my four year old grand son but he wants to bake everytime he comes. And I spend a lot of time playing lego and games. They are fun. I have two four year old grand sons five weeks apart, a six year old grand daughter and one that is eleven. She was our great joy with having four brothers and two sons, I waited my hole life for her. We have had a lot of fun.

  2. What a cutie. How fun to have him interested and wanting to give it away - a real quilter!!!

  3. I cant wait for when I can show my little girl how to sew, she's only 20 months old now, so its still a while to go...she's already very keen on making a mess in my sewing room LOL

  4. I love that he wanted to make a quilt! My 6yo son is keen to help me sewing (taking the pins out, using the foot pedal) but hasn't expressed interest in making his own thing yet. Maybe I will encourage that instead of him "helping" me which slows down the sewing!

  5. Happy Holidays and thank you so much for the beautiful scraps you sent/I am a winner.

  6. How sweet that your son wanted to make a quilt for his cousins!!! Thanks so much again for the purple fabric bundle I many pretty fabrics...can't wait to create with them :o)

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

  7. This is so AWESOME! yes, you have to drop everything and make a quilt with him when this happens. This happened with Elsa and me one day, too. I get it! Love it!