Monday, September 2, 2019

Designing in the next generation

    Due to some scheduling issues, I was able to have my granddaughter over most of the past week and a half. She has always had a strong eye for design (I posted some of her work in the past). I asked her to look through my fabrics to find something for a pencil pouch she needed for school. She did find that, but found other things she wanted to do something with. 
     I don't have photos of her pencil pouch, but she found some fairy fabric that she wanted a small "blanket" from. She also chose the flowers on the back "for the fairies". I quilted it with some variegated rainbow thread she picked out. 




          She also found some leftover animal panel pieces someone gave me. She wanted a pillowcase, but all the pieces were too small. Never mind, she found fabrics she liked and told me to sew them together. I explained that the pieces would have to be double sewn in french seams because in a pillowcase, raw edges would fray all over the pillow. She was undaunted. So, on the design wall, we figured out what pieces would go where, with the animal strip in the middle. She tried to match colors from front to back. Having the pieces on the design wall next to each other helped. It was more work than I liked to french seam every seam in the case- I don't own a serger. She loved the pillowcase and appropriated one of my pillows so she could take it home "all done."



     She did ask me if I could take out the handcrank next time she comes over to work on a project. All my urging for over a year I guess surfaced when she saw what could happen with the fabric.

11 comments:

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I would like to borrow her please!!! Looks like you all had such a great fun time!!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It sounds like you had some great fun.

Beth@IHaveANotion.com said...

Always fun to turn anothers ideas into form!!! Makes you feel like superwoman (French seams and all!)

Ramona said...

How sweet that your granddaughter loves choosing fabrics for you to use. It will be fun to watch her interest grow as she does. Great pillow case!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Absolutely marvelous. We had Little Man over the weekend and for the first time he stopped in the doorway of my studio instead of racing to the room upstairs where his bed is. "What's that, Mee Mah?" So we spent about 20 minutes talking about how I make quilts like the ones in his bed and use the sewing machine ("see it, please?") and the long arm "see it too, please"). He sat in my lap and we stitched a few short seams and spelled his name in stitches on the longarm (practice sandwich). That was enough but I'm hopeful he'll be back since both of his parents have good color and design sense.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Love her enthusiasm....and also love your willingness to make her ideas reality. Notice how her fairy quilt matches her shirt and how her pillowcase matches her shirt that day! You will get the reputation with her for being able to make everything/anything!! I think you are easily a favorite grandmother!

Pat McDonald said...

Her quilt and pillow case turned out real nice. I think you have a real quilting buddy.

Debbie said...

I see why you have been quiet:) She is a real cutie and a good design eye. The blanket is nice, but the pillowcase is so blooming special! I love the layout....and know all the work it took to seam it together. But boy it is grand.

Preeti said...

She is adorable and a quilt artist in training. I have a feeling you had something to do with that!!!

Mystic Quilter said...

You have a beautiful little quilting companion there Linda, hope we see more from her!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

You two work well together. Nice projects.