29 March 2010
Can you stand it?
She started the day knowing how to sew and having used a rotary cutter, but never having done patchwork. She likes the style of Gee's Bend quilts, so there was a goal in mind and a direction to head in. She had four pieces of fabric from the shop and access to my scrap pile.
Awesome results, right?
I showed her 1/4" seams, pressing, and chain stitching. Then I had her join up fabric in pairs while I busied myself with other things. I worked with her a little bit when it came time to turn little bits of patchwork into larger units, but for the most part, she didn't need guidance. I think I mostly just helped her avoid learning things the hard way (you know, seams going every which way).
I can't wait to see her make more units and finish up this stunning quilt! She wants more angles in the next bits, so I showed her how to stack-and-whack just before we finished for the day. The phrase "stack-and-whack" made her giggle. Also, "fussy cutting." I guess quilt-speak is kind of funny. : )