Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sewing with a 5-year-old

I've been doing some more sewing with my five-year-old. Most of the time when he asks, "Momma, can we sew a quilt block?" I can't help but say yes! Of course, the little stinker always tries to break into my "best" fabric--prints that are already earmarked for a different project or project in the works. He did that again on Sunday when we were sewing, and even enlisted logic: "Look how much you have! I just need one small triangle..." How can I argue with that?! 


Here's his latest block, made on Sunday. He started with a pile of gray, yellow and blue fabrics and then grabbed more colors as the block grew. The superhero capes in the background are party favors from his 5th birthday--more on those later.

Here's his (ever growing) collection of blocks so far. Most of them are wonkily/randomly pieced, because he's not quite ready to focus on the 1/4" seam yet! The top right block was made to copy the pattern in some fabric I used on his Christmas stocking; the wonky star was after I made one for the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild online challenge, and the bottom two blocks are his own design (yes, the heart one was made the week of Valentine's Day!).

He chooses all the fabrics (hence the candy corn fabric mixed with the hearts, and skeletons paired with Christmas trees), and decides where each piece will go and how wide it will be. I cut and press, and we sew together.

This is probably my favorite block, though I do like his latest one as well. I was trying to finish something, so I asked him to color a quilt block and then we'd make it in fabric. That's exactly what we did.

After he makes a couple more I'm planning to assemble them. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story.
And getting ready for (hopefully the last round of) snow tomorrow! Ugh.

p.s. Thanks for all your suggestions about how to assemble my improve herringbone quilt! I can't wait to get working on it!


13 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is so great! He really has a knack for this!

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  2. what a wonderful project! can't wait to see it all together one day...

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  3. Talent for sure! He has an eye for colour and his patterns are fantastic! Amazing!

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  4. Wow, this is so wonderful, what an awesome little guy! I am so impressed by his beautiful blocks, hes going to make many beautiful quilts in his lifetime! My granddaughter loves to get up on my lap and sew so I am looking forward to her doing the same! Great job little man!

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  5. Your son did an awesome job on all of the blocks! The blocks are going to make a beautiful quilt he will treasure for a very long time. He looks so very happy and proud showing us the blocks he made. Looking forward to seeing more blocks your son designs.

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  6. He is further along in the "made fabric" media than I am!!!!! Nice job!

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  7. Those are some awesome blocks! He is really good at this quilt block stuff. Maybe he should do some tutorials!!!

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  8. That looks like sew much fun. Imagine a quilt make with mamma's help when he grows up. I know he will truly treasure it.

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  9. What an incredible thing to do together! His designs are wonderful and so cheerful. This will be a wonderful quilt!

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  10. What fabulous blocks he has made! He's done a great job selecting fabrics for the blocks. I'm looking forward to seeing these come together in a quilt.

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  11. It will be the most beautiful Quilt I have ever seen. my grandson cross stitches and that will be hung in my house forever..

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  12. Awesome mom and lucky kid. Loved your post.

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  13. Very fun and I love his style.

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