Friday, January 29, 2010

Sewing, Sewing...

Anyone that guessed...guessed right. The project next to the sewing machine was indeed hexagons.  It was sewn together in strips and was very quick to put together.  I used 2 1/2" strips from my scrap box and just used a 60o ruler to cut the triangles.  The top is for Project Linus and will be basted up and quilted in the near future.



It's not just me that's been sewing. 
My DD2, who is 7, was given an embroidery kit for her birthday.  I honestly thought she'd get all in a muddle with it, but she faired very well.  I started her off and knotted the cotton and away she went.  Here she is sewing the letters of her name onto a felt bag.



And here is a cat she stitched.  I drew the cat and she did the backstitch...again I thought that she might get the cotton in a tangle, but she didn't and she's quite keen to sew some more!



It really isn't a surprise that DD2 wants to have a go when she watches me and then watches her sister sewing too.  My eldest is working on a project for GCSE Art and has incorporated paint, beads and stitching!  I'm really impressed with both their works.



It just goes to show your children do learn through example.  Here I've been sewing away and not even thinking that I'm being watched.  I hope both of them continue their interest in thread and sewing as it can bring so much enjoyment.

Lastly for you...I have a picture of my completed Cheddar Cheese Doll Quilt top.  I'm thrilled with it (though don't look too closely at those intersections!)  So many seams to match, but not all of them do!  I must admit I'm a little tempted to put some borders on it and maybe some applique in the borders...but I can't decided if I want to do that because it is what I have always done....  Or maybe I'm just not used to a quilt being borderless...  I'll wait a bit before I decide and get it ready for quilting.



Until next time...

36 comments:

Terry said...

Love all the stitching your children are doing! Both my kids stitch and sew! Love the doll quilt too. I'm one for borders. To me they just set off the piecing and make it stand out a bit more. It's a habit I can live with! LOL

Contented Caroline said...

Looks like they both take after you then! Looks like you've been busy - the cheddar quilt looks fab but in my opinion would look even better with a border. Looking forward to seeing the finished result - it'll look fab whatever you decide.

Maria said...

The stitches of your children are so cute!
Would put a border too, but it looks even great!
Hexagons will make a beatiful quilt for sure.

Janet said...

I LOVE your Cheddar Cheese and crackers quilt top - now I want to make another one all scrappy like yours. It is so fun when your kids take an interest in your hobbies. I recently taught my 5 year old son to sew and it was so great! The little cat stitchery came out so well. Your other daughter's mixed media project looks wonderful too. They must have inherited their creativity from their Mom. :0)

willywagtail said...

It is wonderful to see our children copy us even if only for a period of their lives. At least we know that they have had the chance. You will probably find your quilt will tell you what to do as you start matching edge fabrics. Best to listen to it. Cherrie

Lori said...

I love the scrapiness of the CC&C with the consistent cheddar in the center!
How fun your kids are interested in a little stitching. Their work is so good!!

Jackie said...

I love your childrens projects! Very talented! It's wonderful to see an interest in fiber activities at such an early age. It's very special time spent together - just priceless!

Ali Honey said...

Well done ALL of you.

sewkalico said...

Love your doll quilt! And your girls are so clever!!! How wonderful to be able to share your favourite hobby with your favourite people!

Ravenhill said...

So many projects and they are all beautiful! Your 7 year old is so clever! And your cheddar cheese and crackers quilt top is so pretty!

Karen said...

I am so happy to see a young girl taking an interest in sewing. The best Christmas present I received as a child was embroidery supplies and my mother teaching me how to do it.

Your cheddar quilt turned out well.

Quilter Kathy said...

How wonderful that your children are interested in stitching! Your cheddar squares quilt is yummy!
The problem I have with letting quilts tell me what to do next is when they suggest something I don't want to do or don't like...such as applique :)

Shasta said...

Your cheddar cheese and crackers looks wonderful. It is different from the quilts I am used to, so I was debating whether to leave out the half triangle cheddar pieces. I am going to add them. My top is pieced, just have to add those "borders".

Your childrens' work is wonderful as well. Love the tree.

distelfliege said...

I can't decide which quilt I like more. They are both gorgeous!
And your daughters work is also great, love the cat!

Karen said...

I love your cheddar cheese quilt! I have seen a couple others and they didn't grab me but I really like your color choices. Beautiful, Jane!

Liz said...

Jane your girls work is fab, that tree makes me think of a warm beach, roll on summer and the cat is so nicely done well done to them both. How about a narrow border maybe yellow or red or brown for branston pickle followed by a small squares pieced border followed by a wider border to complete your top. If I had a quilt that made me think of food I would be tempted towards the kitchen... yeh probably ;-) Liz

Andrea said...

What a lovely post - you pit me to shame - I am SO unmotivated just now. Can I come and kidnap your girls ? - I am so jealous that they sew - lol !

cozy quilter said...

I remember starting with embroidery when I was very young! I think my first project was from a kit that I received as a gift. The doll quilt is lovely! Is there a doll at your house that will use it??? I vote for borders as well.

Aunt Spicy said...

I am totally smitten with your doll quilt, its lovely!

Natalie Ross said...

Hi Jane,

Like mother like daughters hey! I too was a crafter from a very young age & LOVED IT so good on you for inspiring your girls! Love their artwork & yours is pretty special too. Thanks for sharing.

Natalie :-D

Karen said...

I know I already commented on this post but I must have been on the phone or something because I missed the pictures in the middle. My boys have been "quilting," which means sewing to random pieces of fabric together :) Yes, we do set examples, even when we don't know it. The embroidery is beautiful.

clare's craftroom said...

It's lovely to see the kids stitching . Your photography is beautiful !

Sarah Jayne said...

Crikey that looks a bit fiddly Jane. I don't think I'd have the patience.
It's great to see DD2 following in you and DD1's footsteps.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, that cheddar quilt is adorable! Lots of piecing there. And what cute shots of your daughters' stitcheries -- how wonderful that they have such a great role model!

Helen said...

Jane thanks for your comment on my blog, your stitching is gorgeous, and your 7 year old is just a chip off the old block!!! sooooh talented!! Love Helen xx

Béa said...

I like very much this scrappy version !

Janet said...

I love scrappy and this looks great with the colours. The stitchery looks like fun too, the kids did well.

Barb said...

Your doll quilt is so wonderful and fun! I love our fabric choices.
Also - wonderful hex quilt!

Sue-Anne said...

It's so much fun seeing everyone's quilts. I love the fresh, happy colours in your quilt.

Sue-Anne said...

I love your hexagons - what a great way to make them!

Tanya said...

What a creative, artistic family!!! I love the kitty backstitching! (But being the cat lover that I am I'm prejudiced.) Give each of your kids a hug from your blog friends.c

Lynda said...

I'm not sure it's to do with the example. Do they imitate you doiung the ironing, washing up, lawn mowing etc? !

Taryn said...

I loved your post and your quilt.

Carole said...

The cheddar quilt is so cute! Why is it that we, as quilters, are always the first to point out our imperfections. BTW, I didn't notice any imperfections! Love you new hair colour! Cheers!

Maureen said...

I love your beautiful pictures!
And what a beautiful handmarking you have....
How did you do that?

Love,
Maureen

Victoria said...

I adore the stitching that your children are doing! You're a good mom!