Saturday, August 9, 2014

Quilting with my niece

A couple of weeks ago, my 7-year-old niece was visiting from Maine, and we hosted her for a day and night. It was a lot of fun (though I was exhausted! How do you guys sew with kids?!?) but obviously so worth it. She and I have never EVER spent alone time together so while Mike was at work, we went shopping and indulged in some crafts.

She is really interested in sewing (she pushes the pedal for her mom and she also helped me when I was there for Christmas), and she wanted to see my quilts. Boy, was she in for a surprise because I kept pulling them out! ;) We read some Harry Potter under one of them and she nearly took that one home (I was so close to giving it to her). When I pulled out my medallion quilt WIP and the unattached plus blocks, she decided we should make some blankets for her stuffed animals from plus blocks. First she wanted 12 and I had to gently bring her down to four *maybe* (I only had her for the night, after all!)

I quilted them custom for her. She loved them!

My niece also used Mod Podge to adhere fabric scraps to some canvas I had bought from Michael's. I showed her how to paint the canvas, press the scrap to it, and paint over it. She LOVED seeing the fabric harden! She also picked out all the scraps from my scrap bins (I'm impressed with her color sense)! This is a craft I know I'll repeat with my younger nieces in the future. Now my oldest niece has something to hang up in her room to remind her of our time together!


  1. When I was 9 I flew out to visit my aunt in CA for a week, maybe? It was really fun, and such a special time to do things with just her. Looks like you guys had such fun! I love those little quilts! I still have a doll quilt from when I was a kid, it's falling apart in some places, and I don't remember where I got it, but it was such a special little quilt to me!

  2. A) We don't get much sewing done! Or at least not most of us. There are some exceptions out there who I think must have either animatronic kids or simultaneously the world's best parenting and most efficient sewing skills ever ; ) and B) Love the modge podge idea, Jess! My kids would love that - must try!

  3. Fun! I'm sure she had great time over @ your place. I want to keep my hobby to myself so I'm not sharing with my girls ... yet :)

  4. Oh Annabel would LOVE mod podging fabric to a canvas. Why didn't I think of that? What a special time for both of you!!

  5. That mod podge project is great! I might have to try that with the kids I babysit. They'd have so much fun with it!

  6. What a great idea. I'll have to bear it in mind for when my grandsons are a bit older! Thanks,

  7. Excellent article! As always, the articles you publish give me inspiration and help me to incorporate you techniques.


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