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Thread: Advice for Kids' Quilt Project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky_alf2 View Post
    I recently read about a kindergarten pillow project. the parent put the pedal on the table and let the child press the pedal to make the machine go. The parent "drove" and had the "speed" limited too. She said the kids loved it. I plan to let my 6year old sew a pillowcase like this once school is out
    This does work well with the pedal on the table right beside the machine. I use the old fashioned laundry pen (Identa pen) for signatures and black and white marking..
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    That sounds like fun, not sure if anyone mentioned it, but I've had good results with a sharpie that's been heat sealed with my iron on fabric. It hasn't faded in the wash for me.

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    Sometimes my 7 year-old grandson wants to sew with me. He loves the foot pedal and I can just set the speed for slow on my machine and we sit together and sew.

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    It sounds like so much fun!
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    What about settin' those blocks brick style. Each seam lines up w/the middle of the block above & below it. That way those girls don't have ta match seams?
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    Hats off to you, Grandma. You are ambitious and have thought this through thoroughly. I hope you all have a great day and the little ones will someday want to follow in your footsteps. My little grandson asked me the other day while I was piecing a block, "What is so important about sewing, Nana?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    when I did a doll quilt when I was little they just had us pick out charm squares to sew together
    Those charm squares are awfully cute but I have this thing about pre-washing the fabric; seems like those small squares would end up fraying a lot. When I buy 1/4 - 1/3 of a yard, I wash the piece in a lingerie back and it still frays. How big are those charm squares, anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    What about settin' those blocks brick style. Each seam lines up w/the middle of the block above & below it. That way those girls don't have ta match seams?
    That sounds really cute . . . but I don't think they'll have that many blocks. Seriously, I'm thinking maybe 9 or 12, most likely they'll be 12" (finished) squares.

    I do like the brick idea, though. We'll see how the "super simple" quilts go, then maybe move on to something more involved, next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter 65 View Post
    Hats off to you, Grandma. You are ambitious and have thought this through thoroughly. I hope you all have a great day and the little ones will someday want to follow in your footsteps. My little grandson asked me the other day while I was piecing a block, "What is so important about sewing, Nana?"
    Awwww, thanks! This all started because my DD wants to learn to sew . . . so of course my DGD wants to learn, also! Quilts are so much more fun, than skirts . . . and also more forgiving of crooked seams.

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    Thanks for the marker/laundry marker advice! Sounds like heat-setting the ink, must be the key.

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    I'm a newbie and not sure if this helps but when my gramma first let me sew on the machine she made me wear knit gloves so they would get stitched before my fingers did, but looking back I could have still sewn my finger but the mittens did make me very aware of where my hands were and I was 5. I say God bless you Gramma passing crafts down is an amazing gift to future generations and more people should be doing it.
    Avatar is Abby Hedges my Great Grandmother taken in the 1890s when she was 17. She is my inspiration for quilting.

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    Neesie, how did the quilting camp go? I'd love to hear all about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by denveremerson View Post
    Neesie, how did the quilting camp go? I'd love to hear all about it!
    Oh, yes, please fill us in. Inquirin' minds want ta know.
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    Had to make a "minor" change, in the plans. We had the three girls here, last week, and did a few other crafts (to test the waters). Turns out the younger girls' fine motor skills are still a bit "young" and while they did stick with a craft, they were both tired of it, before it was finished. On the other hand, my 9.5 yo DGD seems to be powered by Eveready and Duracell, both! We kept her from Thursday through Sunday, after my DD took the other two back. Friday, she picked out her fabrics, then I got the squares cut. Then she decided how she wanted them arranged. On Saturday and Sunday, she learned to pin and sew! We used the post-it notes block, for a seam guide . . . but I think next time, she'll graduate to using a strip of painters' tape, as a guide. Will post some pictures, in a bit (gotta get them off of my camera). She did VERY well, for her first time! Practiced briefly, on a strip of scraps, then I let her have the squares. Had to rip/redo a few minor parts but overall, she did really great . . . and she loves it! Once she gets off of the slow speed, it'll be much more fun. I did do a heart applique, with her name and date, but all of the rest, she did! We only got the top done and will put on the backing, next time she comes over.

    Will return, in a bit, with pictures. Gotta feed this silly dog, first (she's reminding me it's mealtime).
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    Right. I feel that sewing is so important because of the generations before us all sewed. Then it was a need. Now we use it more of a hobby.

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    Will start a new thread and put it into the "photos" section, under DGD's Quilt Camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Will start a new thread and put it into the "photos" section, under DGD's Quilt Camp.
    Yippie!!!! Lookin' forward ta it!
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    Sounds to me like we have a lot of grandmothers or want to be grandmothers on this board. Lots of ideas out there. I was thinking of a large 9 patch and then they could play tic-tac-toe on it. Your fabrics were very pretty. When I started my DGD's I had them sew on paper with no thread on a pattern I drew, so they could get used to curves and straight lines. Their first projects were pillowcases, and they were delighted with them. Looking forward to seeing your project.
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    I ended up throwing in a lot more choices, from my stash, once it was down to one child. We kept the machine (I ended up getting the Brother CS6000i, for them) on slow speed . . . and TALK ABOUT S L O W!!!!!!! Great for a beginner but I would go batty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Will start a new thread and put it into the "photos" section, under DGD's Quilt Camp.
    I am really looking forward to this.

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