I have been deep in sewing mode with nothing much to share but MORE of the same blocks added to the design wall – it doesn’t look that much different, and I’m sure you can imagine it so instead – I want to share an email that I received with permission!
See this sweet thing sewing on a big girl Bernina??
Oh I love stories of Quilty Grandmas encouraging Quilty Granddaughters to get stitchin!!
If you have a young person, boy or girl, that shows any interest in what you are doing with fabric – please encourage them! This is how seeds are planted. This is how creativity is explored!
This is how we get kids off of the video games and ipads and ipods and away from the television.
This is how we get kids to know the joy and fulfillment of creating something useful and beautiful with their own hands.
This is how we teach them that it is fun to PLAY!
I just thought I would write a quick note to thank you for telling us about the four-patch quilt-a-long. I am working on the many four patch in a squares needed for Edyta's quilt.
Due to the extreme cold here in New Jersey, my ten year old granddaughter spent last weekend with me. We pulled some fabrics and she began to also make four patches.
She learned to make four patches without pinning intersections, how to chain piece and how to use leader/enders.
Oh, I almost forgot. She also learned how you can sew with no bobbin thread!
Ha! How we laughed.Doesn't this just warm your heart?
Look at that smile of accomplishment!
We will be using the four patches in your free "I Spy" quilt. She is quite excited to make this quilt for her brothers.
I have attached a few pictures of my young quilter.
Thanks for all you do, Bonnie!
I also think that it is important for kids to learn how to sew on a grown up machine that is capable of sewing a good stitch. A machine that will teach them to respect the tools of our trade, and give them that sense of “I can do it.” Toy machines just might not do that –and while we love our machines and may fear for the tension being screwed up, or other issues being caused by youngsters, with the proper supervision, they CAN learn to use our machines with respect and care.
And if they are sewing on a machine that gives them a happy result, instead of some cheap big box store plastic disposable number that will cause them headache and heartache, they will LOVE the whole experience rather than learn to hate it.
A good machine doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be reliable, and that is why I would definitely choose a vintage non-computerized machine for a young sewer to learn on. Less knobs and options also mean less temptation to “turn this and see what it does!”
Come to think of it, that worked for my friend Mona too! It doesn’t have to be a young person learning to sew without intimidation ---
Have you joined in on the APQ Quilt Along?
I’ve also heard from many of you who have already signed up for the Vegas Retreat in August! Hooray! We are going to have a ball – just you wait and see! Click the Vegas Retreat tab at the top of the blog for more info if you missed that post.
And for those worried about the heat? For heaven's sake -- we are NOT sewing outside! Think of being pampered in air conditioned comfort. A veritable oasis! Besides, it's a dry heat. Come on! You know you want to come!
What’s brewing around here!
Sadie and I just got back from a pre-dark walk. Temps are just under 30 degrees again so back to freezing. SO happy the water is functional! This is what warms me up on my return from outside. Twinings Chai tea in my Keurig. I love it milky and just a bit sweet…mmmmm good!
Back to the sewing. Since I’m here alone tonight – it’s leftovers ala microwave.
Sew sew sew!