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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

WIP Wednesday

I am starting on my April 12 x 12 and working on a couple of my WOTB blocks, but most of my energy this week is going toward working with Mandy on her quilt ideas. She brought some photos of friends from her church youth group and wants to do a photo transfer quilt with them. In February my fat quarters from Grandma's Attic were pink heart and valentine motifs, which I thought would be perfect for her memory quilt and she agreed. So I explained that the first step a quilter has to do is wash and press her fabrics in preparation for the cutting and sewing. So here she is spraying with Magic Sizing and pressing away. This is her first experience at ironing and she caught on fast. What a
lucky generation, when I was a kid we had to iron most of our clothing, now it's wash and wear. She tells me if her clothes are wrinkled she just runs them in the dryer a while.

I had also been saving the monthly 4 x 4 inch swatches for her and she has learned to chain stitch the squares and is now at the point of learning to put the strips together; I have to teach her how to nest the opposite pressed seams and pin them so that her seams all match. She is getting so good that I can leave the room and do other things while she sews on the machine. We are going to make her a quilted pillowcase with these squares.

Amber and her younger sister Mikayla are spending the night with Mandy and we're going out for pizza and a movie. Unfortunately, with the age difference and three girls, Mikayla is ending up being "odd man out." Too bad we didn't think to invite one of her friends to come along.


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

You're doing a wonderful thing by passing quilting on to a new generation.

diva of quilts said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all!

Deb Geyer said...

Looks like you are having so much fun!!

Jane Ann said...

You are living my dream--to teach my granddaughter to sew. What fun!

When I was very little I learned to iron my grandfather's handkerchiefs (remember those?) and pillowcases and other flat pieces. I was amazed. It was only later than I learned what a pain in the hiney ironing can be!

Rian said...

Oh, what a joy!

Debra Spincic said...

Does Mandy have her own sewing machine yet? It looks like she has the bug!