Friday, August 17, 2018

Cross My Paws ~ Ready to Quilt

My 6-year-old is constantly telling me she wanted to learn to quilt. Of course, I knew the attention span of a 6-year-old, but I thought it might be fun to teach her a little bit about the process, and maybe even have her sew some of it.

So, one sunny Saturday we got to work. I pulled out a bunch of fat quarters from Riley Blake with a puppy theme on them since she's obsessed with puppies, and we chose the pattern Cross My Heart by Amy Gibson which features a combination of 9-patches and giant half-square triangles. I cut the pieces and she arranged them to her liking on the design wall. After that, it was sewing time!

I put a piece of washi tape down the quarter-inch line, turned the speed down on the sewing machine, and then showed her how to gently guide the edge of the fabric along the tape while using the foot pedal. I helped her a bit with the guiding part, but I was pretty impressed with the seams she sewed, it actually looked pretty good!

We came back the week after and worked on the half-square triangles, which I cut and drew the line down in advance. She again helped sew those. They were actually easier than the 9-patches because I have to trim the HSTs down anyway so it's very forgiving.

She helped me lay it out on the design wall and although she started to assemble it, she quickly got bored and asked me to finish it. I don't blame her ... assembly is no fun, even for me!

I hope to get this quilted soon. I had debated having her quilt it on my longarm, but she's just not tall enough nor strong enough to maneuver the machine. A few more years and she'll be ready, though!


  1. What an awesome (pawesome?) first quilt for her to work on. Will she have input for what she wants from the quilting?

  2. What a fun project for the two of you to work on together! She did a great job of sewing those seams. What a thoughtful thing to do, Liz. :-)

  3. Kudos to Mom and daughter on a together project! My daughter did a baby quilt for a friend with the same fabric, and I made one with her scraps. It's fun to play together with fabric.

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  4. How fun that your daughter wanted to do this. I love the pattern you chose and it turned out really cute. My daughter is 22 and JUST NOW asked me to help her make a quilt. I am so excited!!! Maybe we'll get to work on it this weekend. My 82 year old mom has also been showing interest in sewing again. She showed me a pack of fat quarters she just bought and wants to make something really simple out of them. Lots of teals and grays and yellows. It will make a really cute baby quilt (there are 10 FQ's) but now I need to find a super simple pattern for her. She doesn't want to deal with triangles. Only squares and rectangles. Any suggestions?

  5. How fun to be teaching your daughter to quilt! The puppy dog piece is really cute, too :)

  6. Sew cute! She's become a true quilter. At age 6! It's so much fun to sew together with one's child. You will no doubt keep the enthusiasm going, Liz.

  7. How fun to sew with your daughter, she did a great job with the blocks!


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