Last week, Jim and I escaped the grip of winter here in Pennsylvania, traveling south to spend a few days with our daughter and her boys. Experimenting with including fabric into her paintings, Barbara has been talking often about sewing, so Santa surprised her with a sewing machine. Since decades have passed since she sat in Mrs. Schude's FCS class in middle school, and it seemed a sewing refresher and supervised sewing machine practice might be called for. Hence, my excuse for the trip. Jim's excuse was to be the long-distance driver, shopper when we got there (he loves doing that!), my trip buddy, and, of course, Grandad.
We arrived bearing a bin filled with fabric scraps, sewing supplies, and my mother's trusty Singer Featherweight. I had planned to practice by piecing a tote bag, but Barbara said, "let's make a quilt!" After a quick introduction to a rotary cutter and mat, we set about cutting fabric into to strips.
Followed by stacking and sewing the strips together,
which we then cut into 12 inch widths, and arranged into five columns to make the quilt top.
We backed it with a table cloth Barbara had on hand, layered and trimmed the batting and backing...
turned the binding, mitered the corners, and stitched it in place.
Then we pinned all the layers, knotted them together with grey crochet thread
An easy, colorful first quilt pieced and sewn together by this mother and her daughter in just two days! It was really fun spending time creating and sewing with my daughter. We decided to find ways to continue this collaboration, even though three states divide us.
Both boys both tried it out and pronounced it good. It certainly is...