Shopping for Birthday Fabric with Grace

Grace turned 5 just before Christmas and her birthday present was lunch out and fabric shopping. She got all dressed up for the occasion. Photos were taken on my phone so the quality may be a little off. Grace Birthday GirlsShe seemed a little overwhelmed when we first walked into the quilt shop, but I explained what fabric bolts were and told her if she found a fabric she liked to let me know and I would pull it out for her so she could look at it.

Before I knew it, she had pulled all of these on her own and had lined them up. Grace with FabricI told her that she could choose 3 fabrics she liked so she could make a quilt for one of her baby dolls.

She pulled many more bolts from the shelves than what is pictured and when I reminded her she only needed 3, she told me of other quilts she could make. Spoken as a true quilter. This is from a 5 year-old that is already working on a quilt for her parents (her choice) and a veteran quilt. She liked the prints and patterns and would point them out to me and tell me why she liked them.

Here she is contemplating her choices. Isn’t this a classic look of a quilter in the decision process? ContemplatingNotice the fat quarter on the floor. She discovered those as well. I told her she could choose 4.

Many more bolts were pulled but she finally decided all on her own. Grace's ChoicesThe pink and purple doesn’t surprise me as she is girl through and through. I was surprised by the black and whites and blue and brown.

I’m not sure if it is a good thing that a 5-year old has her own fabric stash or not. What do you think?

Amazed on the Journey, Jackie

  • Gretchen Firestone

    You are training her well! She has a good eye for fabric!

    • Jackie

      Thanks Gretchen, it was funny to listen to her stories on why she liked each one.

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  • SandyH

    You’re doing a great job indoctrinating…I mean…encouraging the next generation of quilters! I enjoyed seeing her choices. I found myself thinking, “Oooh–pick that one! No, that one!”

    • Jackie

      It surprised me at how engaged she was. I was afraid she would be bored in the shop. Instead I was waiting on her to decide on her fabrics long after I had picked out mine. She is already asking to go back. Can’t help but love it.

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