Monday, March 14, 2011

Spencer makes a quilt!

My grandson, Spencer, was visiting before Christmas and was extremely bored! Hmm - what to do? He then stated he wanted to make a quilt. My daughter and I looked at each other and decided to let him try. He is six! The challenge begins!

We decided to go with Moda's precut triangles so we didn't have to get out the rotary cutter. We chose Mary Engelbreit's, The Caroler, turnovers. We used two packs. I added borders using a yellow and red from the Merry and Bright line by Moda. Spencer chose a cute Christmas themed backing with mice opening Christmas presents from the Christmas Joys and Toys line by Maywood Studios.

He had fun matching the fabrics together, loved ironing, and most of all I let him take over my long arm quilting machine at the end by himself---made me a bit nervous, but he did quite well at it. We followed a panto (all-over design) to make it a little easier. It was his favorite part. Although the design got a little wonky at times (my husband said it added to the charm), it turned out rather great! He presented it to his other Grandma, Paula, at Christmas! It was a great present for both of us. Although she got the finished quilt, I have memories to last a lifetime.

Spencer makes his first quilt!