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Thread: A children's doll quilt swap????

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    Hello everyone: My daughter now wants to make a doll quilt, after watching how much fun I'm having. So, she and I were talking tonight and she wants to do a doll quilt swap too. I thought, hey, why not? So, I'm putting my feelers out...anyone out there with a child/grandchild/godchild/neice/neighbor etc., who wants to make one? I think it needs to be a child's level, not an experienced sewer...or...Perhaps we can do a "rank" of experience level and match up those kids...or perhaps there will only be one other child interested and this will be a two-child exchange. Anyway, I'd love to hear feedback and interest level...My daughter was already thinking about what kinds of "goodies" she would throw in with the quilt...

    Has anyone done this sort of thing before? I know I'm not as comfortable with the idea that she would post and look online..I limit her exposure to the internet. However, I still think it could be contained, safe and a fun experience!

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    I don't have anyone who might like to do this, but I have a suggestion:

    I have used quilting in my classroom (1st grade). One way to keep things organized and of a level the children can do, I suggest the children be assigned a particular idea the then they can decide on fabrics, colors , buttons etc. I have been amazed at how well my students could quilt. The first square might be 2 pieces of fabric and some batting. It could be tied with yarn. No binding, just sew the sides closed, and mail.

    The second exchange could be 4 squares, cut and pinned by the child. Stitched with Mother's help. Then add batting and backing. I would tie this one and not bind it, just stitch closed.

    The focus should be teaching the skills necessary to begin sewing. Cutting, measuring, matching colors, planning, pinning, ironing. By the third quilt, you could use interesting buttons to quilt the blanket.

    If the child is very young, it might be a good idea to use a piece of flannel for a batting because it is easier to get a needle through. A slender knitting needle works well for 'pre-punching' stitching holes for yarn. An embroidery hoop can be used to hold the center tight so a child can stitch letters or designs into later quilts.

    My first graders made a quilt block each month. At the end of the year, we stitched them into 9-patch rag quilts. It was awesome.

    Gwyn

    PM me if you want my help :wink:

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    I think this is a wonderful idea Esq - I don't know if Joey might be up for it or maybe he's too little. Though he HAS been working on a flower of EPP - just 7 hexs joined together. This has taken him several weeks though! :shock: If he's happy to send it away, I guess he could sew it onto a plain background then I could help him sandwich it and sew it closed like Gwyn suggests. Between you and me, it certainly won't be up to your daughter's standard but then he IS only 7! :shock: :lol:

    I agree that there may be issues with looking and posting on here - I think only over 18s are technically allowed. Maybe check with Admin? :D

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    What a great idea! I don't have any willing participants here, but I'm sure there will be interest. In the past we've sent fabric to young new sewers introduced by our board members, so I don't think Admin would have an issue.

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    Wow it sounds like so much fun. I wish my granddaughter Maddy was closer because I know she would love to do it but she is 400 miles away and no one to help her sew at that end. Darn!!

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    I have no little ones here but this sounds like a great idea.

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    I'll swap with her! I'm a kid at heart!! Can I have See's candy as the extra goodies? lol

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    I don't have any small ones, but this sounds like a great idea!

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    This is a fantastic idea - I wish I had all my great nieces (nephews) living closer to me - they'd be in... My kids are too old to fit the criteria... bummer. I think passing on the art of quilting is such a wonderful thing! I would love to find the way to do it too!

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    Well, lots of posts that it's a good idea. perhaps Joey and Sophia can do an exchange? I'll give it a few more days...I know Sophia really wants a quilt to arrive in the mail for her, and she would love to pull one together. If it's for a boy, I think we can come up with good ideas for it!!

    Terri - nice try - some people will do anything to get a quilt, eh??? :lol: :lol:

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    I think it's the See's Terri wants this time!

    I'm sure Joey would love to swap with Sophia - just not sure Sophia would like to swap with Joey! :? Like I said - it's his first go, but I'm sure with help he can come up with SOMETHING! :lol:

    Maybe give others a while to jump in - there must be more sewing age kids out there! Then we can match ages and abilities more closely.

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    Sophia would not care if it's a boy or a girl...my son William would, but that's another story! I had to talk him into inviting some girls to his bday party. He was worried they would get him "girl" presents!! It was funny too because at his party he spent a lot of time hanging with the girls!

    I will definitely give this a few more days, it's got to be appealing to a few kids out there!

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    Gwyn, I kept meaning to respond to you! Thanks for your terrific suggestions. I know my daughter is in 5th grade and took a quilt class over the summer so she thinks she knows it all. She needs help sewing straight lines, and organization, so I will be there to guide her. She does not want me too involved (but won't let me leave the room!!). However, I think these ideas are great for the younger ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    Sophia would not care if it's a boy or a girl...my son William would, but that's another story! I had to talk him into inviting some girls to his bday party. He was worried they would get him "girl" presents!! It was funny too because at his party he spent a lot of time hanging with the girls!

    I will definitely give this a few more days, it's got to be appealing to a few kids out there!
    Ha! Joey hasn't yet got the 'girls are creatures from another planet' thing. I guess he's younger than William? At carnaval a while ago, he was adamant that he had to be dressed as a prince - turned out all the girls in his class were going as princesses! :lol:

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    Smart boy...getting on their good side while they are young!!

    William is 7, and he's been like this for a few years. It seems to be just his make-up, lord knows his mommy is a "women's-lib" kinda gal! He actually thinks boys are better at things like sports - probably all the media with boys/men involved in the sports that he sees, but my daughter plays soccer, and he goes to all her games. Who knows where it comes from!

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    They're the same age then - I guess it's just genetic make up! :D

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    I know my daughter would LOVE to participate, but she is only five!


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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I know my daughter would LOVE to participate, but she is only five!
    When my daughter was 5 she sewed TONS of little things on one of those toy sewing machines. Her dolls have blankets made from every scrap you can imagine. Maybe that would work for some of you all.

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    I will ask my kids if they would like to participate in this, they have liked watching my quilts come in the mail.

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    I just asked Joey and he's up for it! I like the idea of crazy - scrappy! It could even be done on a foundation of thick flannel l QAYG then no need to sandwich; I wonder if at 7 he's too young for the sewing machine? He's pretty adept and careful.

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    7 is not to young for the sewing machine, I started the youngest before she was 5. I had to put a milk crate under the foot pedal so she could reach it. SHe does all sorts of things by herself now, she loves the serger as well.

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    OK thanks Cute - maybe I'll get my old spare out and let him loose on that! :D

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    Ok Kenzie will do it!

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    There is not a whole lot that they can do to the machine, nothing that you couldn't do accidentally, just have him be careful with pins, the worse danger. And if there is a speed control, turn it down so he can't go that fast, I have taught all three kids to sew, even my son who is currently 13. He was learning the big embroidery machine the other day. If he is interested, now is the time to catch him. you obviously know that there is some really easy things that he can start with and get good results to help keep him interested.

    I used to sew with the wee one on my knee for a lot of years before she started.

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    Oh both my kids already know all about pins:! do not walk in bare feet - check the arm of the sofa before leaning on it! :shock: :lol:

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