Grace’s Baby Doll Quilt

Most of my recent sewing/quilting work as been done with my grandchildren, hence the frequent posts. No apologies as the blog is a record of my sewing journey and I am thrilled to share it. To be fair, this is a warning, cute photos ahead (granted I’m bias).

Remember Grace’s shopping experience over here? 

While she was waiting for me to help her with the next step of her veteran quilt sewing, she asked if she could play with her fabric (humm don’t we “play” with our fabric).

Notice how she rearranges them on her lap and compares them against each other? I didn’t notice this until I was looking at the photos. Grace playing with fabric collageDetermining the size of the quilt was step one:Grace Measuring collageI moved a smaller cutting mat to the sewing table so Grace would be able to cut. Not only did she want to cut, but she wanted to cut all the pieces. In order to get the fabric small enough to handle on the smaller mat and for her, I told her I had to get the fabric ready so she let me do that without helping.

Here she is lining up her ruler. She worked very hard to get it straight. Notice the cutting glove. When I had her put it on she commented that she needed to wear one because she was little but I didn’t need to wear one because I was an adult and I would be more careful. I told her that even adults can cut themselves so everyone needs to wear one. Grace CuttingHere she is counting the inches (we cut them 3 inches square). Notice the stack of purple squares off to the side? We cut those first (yes I helped her cut) and before we could start on the pink fabric, she told me we needed to move the purple ones. She said she was afraid they would distract her and she might make a mistake in cutting. Where do they come up with these thoughts? Grace cutting 3Playing on the design wall. I told her we needed 6 across and 8 down. She wanted to map out her grid first. Grace Design wallThen she asked if we could look at other colors so she pulled some fabrics from my stash. Here she is trying a darker pink and purple, (sorry for the poor picture quality). Notice the white selvage edge on the bottom of the pink fabric?. When she first put it on the wall the selvage was on the top and she asked if we could cut it off. She wanted the pink to be next to her fabrics, not the white :). I turned it upside down and she considered that satisfactory. Grace Design wall 2Now she is testing a blue with the pink and her squares.Grace Design wall 3Right now she is happy to keep playing with her cut squares.

When it was time for her to go she wanted me to leave her squares on the design board until she could come over again. Sorry, Sweet Pea, as much as I love you, the design board will showcase many other fabrics before you are back again.

As always, I let her lead when it comes to interest, but I have to admit I’m thrilled she is so engaged.

Enjoying precious time with a little one on the Journey, Jackie

  • Bonnie Terrey

    Yes, she has an amazing interest in it for her young age…and a good eye for color. Pretty soon she’ll be making flying geese triangles!

  • Bonnie Terrey

    Yes – her grandma knows about not wearing the cutting glove. 🙂

    • Jackie

      Yes, Bonnie, I know all too well the dangers of a rotary cutter.

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  • Gretchen Firestone

    Thanks for the cuteness warning! She is so cute and serious when working on this! Just adorable. Can’t wait to see the final project!

    • Jackie

      Thanks Gretchen! I am loving this more than can be imagined.

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  • What a great learning experience! Purple squares distract me too. 😉 Bravo for letting her set the pace and do all the work that’s safe to do. We all need teachers like that. http://www.quiltartbymegan.com

    • Jackie

      Thanks Megan for stopping by. The last thing I want to do is frustrate her or any student to the point of quitting.

      And I agree, fabric is distracting. 🙂

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