He added pins to the edge of the batting while I did the actual pin basting. Then, as I was trying to quickly quilt the little lovey quilt (T minus 5 hours to the event!), he said to me, "Momma, I want to make a quilt for my cousins for Christmas."
How could I turn down a question like that?! Change of plans! The lovey could wait (though I did finish it in time...thank goodness for small quilts).
I let him pick out whatever fabrics he wanted. He went heavy on the greens, his favorite color. I cut 3" squares, asked him to arrange the squares, and then he sat on my lap for the actual sewing. His job? Raising and lowering the foot, and pressing the needle up-down button. We cranked out a little 16-patch, which honestly was about as much as his attention span could handle.
I love that he wanted to make a quilt, and I love that he wants to give it away. Here's to getting him hooked on quilting early in life!
While I was adding the backing, he decided to "make" another quilt, this one using masking tape. Apparently taping the backing to the ground for basting had inspired him. Here's his second "quilt:"
Now back to my sewing...
One more thing: an update to the recipients of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Did you know that Monday was the last day to mail things in the U.S. for them to arrive guaranteed by Christmas? Well, somehow I missed the memo. So when I went to my post office Monday, the line was OUT.THE.DOOR.
Now, I love you all, but not enough to wait in a line like that for something that really didn't need to arrive by Christmas. Or make everyone else's wait in that same line longer. So I am headed back tomorrow to actually mail them. Here's to a shorter line! Thanks for your patience.