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Monday, August 5, 2013

My first Quilting Project

My friend, rhymeswithsmile.blogspot.com, is one crafty lady.  She spent her Wednesdays this summer teaching me how to quilt, and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning this craft.

My first project, as you may remember from a previous blog post, was to learn how to make squares.  My goal was to make giant reading pillows for my little homeschoolers.  I started making this for my little lady:

 And here is a picture of the kids helping me stuff the pillow.  It took 3 large bags of stuffing.
 Here is the front:
 and here is the back:
I did not quilt her pillow.  I just wanted to complete it to show myself that it didn't have to take too long to finish a project.  I think it turned out pretty fabulous, and my little lady was ecstatic.

After I finished the cupcake pillow, I started on one for my son.  He chose the fabric (ocean themed), and I helped him find coordinating fabric.  He also found a pattern that he liked on Pinterest, and I decided to go for it.  It was much more complicated than my first project, but I wanted a challenge.

As you can see from the pic, I even quilted his pillow.  I had lots of help from Rhymes with Smile on this.  I am so impressed at how the blue bubble fabric lined up as did the orange material.  It was purely on accident, and I'm sure I could never do that again if I tried!

My children have both enjoyed my new found craft, and they were both interested in learning how to sew too.  I decided to teach them both how to sew, and they made library bags:
My little lady even sewed pockets in hers.
I also practiced sewing a skirt from scratch with no pattern.  It's not beautiful, but it's certainly a start.  I learned a lot about sewing with stretchy  material, and I learned how to use my sewing machine (better and quicker than before).
And I know you're wondering what my children have been doing while I have been sewing.  Well, they have been watching lots of movies and playing with this lovely lady:

Rhymes with Smile even had them doing water aerobics & synchronized swimming.

1 comment:

  1. What wonderful talet you have my sweet daughter-in-law. Perhaps I can talk you into doing 2 pillows for the sofa in the great room. Just kidding I know you have your handsfull!!!!