Cuddly Corduroy Dresses

Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, the month of December seemed very short and Christmas Eve arrived in no time at all.   I usually make our granddaughters some of their gifts and this year I decided to make dresses that they could wear during the school year, instead of just for the holidays.

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

After discovering some incredibly soft small wale corduroy fabric, I went in search of patterns that would be suitable for corduroy.

Dress Pattern for Belen

Dress Pattern for Belen

I found an adorable Laura Ashley pattern from McCall’s for Belen and for Eloise, I found a Cynthia Rowley design.  The pattern originally had short sleeves; however, I modified it and made long sleeves instead.  It will make the dress a lot warmer for Eloise to wear.   I used the sleeve pattern from another Simplicity pattern and eased it to fit the ruffled dress pattern.

This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

a This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

I decided to make the ruffles for Eloise’s dress out of coordinating corduroy fabric.  I thought this would be a fun way add some interest to her dress.

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Her pattern had 4 sets of ruffles that encircled the skirt and bodice of her dress so to save time and labor, I used my handy dandy ruffler attachment foot #86 for my Bernina machine.  It made it so much easier to create the ruffles.

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

Here’s a picture of foot #86 in action, ruffling the chevron fabric.  It’s fun to watch it work its magic!

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Once the ruffles were in attached to the dress, I added the sleeves and Eloise’s dress was complete!

Next, I turned my attention to Belen’s dress and followed the pattern instructions to join the body of the dress to the yoke.  I liked how it was coming together, but felt it needed a little punch!

B's original dress

B’s original dress

I trimmed away some of the bottom edge fabric around the skirt of the dress and sewed on a pink corduroy border at the hemline, which is one option on the pattern.

Dress with pink trim along hemline

Dress with pink trim along hemline

I thought it would also be fun to add an embroidery design to the pink yoke of the dress, so after scouring my embroidery folders for just the right design, I stitched a design to the front of the yoke of the dress as shown below.  I like how it added a bit of interest to the dress yoke.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B's dress.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B’s dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now both dresses were complete!  Best of all, the girls were thrilled with their dresses and pleased to model them for me.  Of course, they will wear them with cute little tights, and won’t be barefoot as they are in the following pics.  They were having a good time posing for these pics as you can see.

The back of the dresses

The back of the dresses

The girls in their dresses

The girls in their dresses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silly girls...

Silly girls…

Eloise in her ruffled dress

Eloise in her ruffled dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the dresses, I also made some covers for tablets and will share those in a future blog along with a new scalloped placemat pattern.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

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Trunk Show for Rick Rack and Polka Dots

It is always exciting to share new ideas and ways to do things.  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do this locally in Boise for the customers at the Quilt Crossing (QC).  I have the pleasure of working at the QC every Tuesday, where I am a Bernina Sales rep.  In addition, I teach classes at the QC and enjoy sharing techniques that I not only use in the creation of my patterns for Rick Rack and Polka Dots, but also from other designers and educators.

Sharing some of my patterns with our customers at QC

Sharing some of my patterns with our customers at QC

This Fall, I was asked by the owners of the Quilt Crossing to provide a Trunk Show of my patterns from Rick Rack and Polka Dots at the store.  I was pleased to do so and showed 10 of my patterns and samples from my line of patterns.

Answering questions

Answering questions

Several of the ladies in the audience had attended some of my classes and were great about sharing their experiences.

Sharing a new pattern with the ladies

Sharing a new pattern with the ladies

This was a good venue to also share some new patterns that I was about to release along with some of the patterns that I currently teach in my classes.

If you would like to view a list of QC classes (including those I teach) you can do so at the QC website .  Just click on the link for the current newsletter.  To see some of my patterns at the same site, you can do so under “Local Designers”.

 

Discussing some history on a pattern idea

Discussing some history on a pattern idea

It’s fun to think about what my passion for sewing has grown into – a small business and job that I genuinely love!  It is an industry that is continually evolving and I relish and appreciate all the new capabilities we are now able to utilize with our amazing sewing machines and innovative sewing/quilting tools.

Patty sharing a few comments as well

Patty sharing a few comments as well

I was thrilled to have the opportunity and so appreciate the owners, Patty and Laura, for inviting me to present my patterns and asking me to share my journey.  It was a genuine pleasure.  I also want to thank those of you who attended either  Saturday or Sunday’s presentation and so appreciate your interest and thank you for being such a good customer.

Happy New Year

This also seems a fitting time to wish you all the very best in the New Year!  I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a great year!

Happy Sewing!!!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick & Colorful Baby Quilt

The Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt Pattern

The Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt Pattern

Baby quilts are so much fun to make.   A few years ago I made one to welcome a friend’s new baby.  I wanted it to be a more simple design and to incorporate the giant rickrack.  We coordinated the fabrics with the nursery colors and used a variety of plaids, stripes and polka dots, more on the masculine side for a baby boy.  The result was a fun baby quilt that is still in use today.

The sweet baby boy who received the quilt.

The sweet baby boy who received the quilt.

The grandmother of the baby has told me over the years that I should make a pattern for this quilt and after making a similar quilt for a new nephew last month, I decided to do that.  I’m pleased to announce my new pattern for the Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt.

You can create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift

You can create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift

The pattern provides detailed instructions that step you through the construction of the quilt.  I love how versatile this quilt is as you can totally change the personality of the quilt by your choice of fabrics and trims.  You will notice that the first quilt I made, I used giant rick rack down the center of 3 of the fabric strips.  For the cover quilt on the pattern, I used 4 different colors of large rickrack that were sewn on multiple seam lines to add a bit of whimsy.

Lots of trims and fabric to choose from to make your quilt extra special.

Lots of trims and fabric to choose from to make your quilt extra special.

 

Another view of the Clifford themed quilt

Another view of the Clifford themed quilt

Another fun idea is to create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift.  For the cover quilt, I used a variety of Clifford themed fabric.  When I sent the gift to my nephew, I included a copy of a Clifford book as part of his gift.

With all the great fabric available, there are so many possibilities – your color options are endless!

 

Another way to personalize your quilt is to quilt the baby’s name into the border of the quilt.

 

 

 

You can also personalize your quilt by quilting the baby’s name in the border of the quilt as well as adding a personalized label on the back of the quilt.  I like to include the birth date and statistics on the quilt label.

With the holidays, just around the corner, if you are looking for a fast and easy  baby quilt pattern, I think you will like this pattern.

It is available locally in Boise, Idaho at the Quilt Crossing and also available online at Craftsy.

I hope you enjoy making it as much I have.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating Memories with Grandma Jill and her Granddaughter, Emily

One of the things I enjoy the most is teaching someone to sew or giving private lessons. Recently, I was asked if I would be willing to give lessons to a grandmother and her granddaughter. I was excited to do so and this morning they arrived at my home to learn how to make a Noteworthy Notebook Holder from my pattern of the same name.

Jill with her granddaughter, Emily

Jill with her granddaughter, Emily

I was delighted to meet Jill and her granddaughter, Emily. They had done their homework and had both read read through the pattern and were well prepared with all their supplies.

In no time at all they had cut out their fabrics and were ready to sew.

In no time at all they had cut out their fabrics and were ready to sew.

Once we discussed the various fabric pieces that were required, they cut them out and were ready to construct their notebook holders.

They were both so excited as they watched their notebook holders come together. Their fabric choices were really fun and colorful.  They were good students and did a great job of listening and following instructions.

Trimming the curve of the flap of the holder.

Trimming the curve of the flap of the holder.

Determining the position for the snap closure

Determining the position for the snap closure

 

Step by step, we followed the Noteworthy Notebook Pattern  to construct their notebook holders.

 

 

 

In no time at all, they were ready for the  final step of attaching the snaps to hold the flaps in place. We used the Babyville Snap Pliers to set the snap closures for both Notebook holders.  Babyville has a great collection of snaps to choose from. The pliers come with easy-to-follow instructions and “Presto!” their holders were complete!!!

We fussy cut the fabric so the flaps highlighted the design of the border print fabric as seen in this picture of the front sides of their notebook holders.

We fussy cut the fabric so the flaps highlighted the design of the border print fabric as seen in this picture of the front sides of their notebook holders.

 

 

The two beautiful border print fabrics Jill and Emily chose were stunning as they wrapped around their composition notebooks – as shown in the next few pictures.

 

 

 

The border fabric the girls chose was a beautiful cover for their holders - this is the back side of their holders.

The border fabric the girls chose was a beautiful cover for their holders – this is the back side of their holders.

 

I’m not sure who was having more fun sewing these projects… Grandma Jill, her granddaughter, Emily, or me. They were delightful students and it was a lot of  fun to see the great relationship that Jill and Emily shared.

 

 

Best of all, they loved their completed projects and were pleased to hold their works of art for one last picture.  In addition, they were already planning to make more holders for gifts.

What an amazing time to share together - what a great team!!!

What an amazing time to share together – what a great team!!!

This was a very fun private lesson.  It warmed my heart to see these two wonderful ladies work so well together.  I was also very touched by the thoughtful message on the card they gave me.

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This is what makes it so much fun to share my passion for sewing.

I’m honored to have been invited to share a very fun morning with this great grandmother – granddaughter team.  It was very special indeed.

Happy Sewing!!!

Jane

 

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Noteworthy Notebook Holder – Fun New Pattern!

It’s always exciting to share a new pattern and this week I will be introducing two new patterns.  The first pattern I’m excited to share with you is the Noteworthy Notebook Holder.

New Noteworthy Notebook Pattern

New Noteworthy Notebook Pattern

This is a very versatile pattern in that you can virtually make it any theme you want simply by your choice of fabrics.  You only need 1/3 yard of focus fabric and 1/3 yard of lining fabric, so it is a great pattern to use up some of those fabrics in your stash.  (See the pattern for additional notions and supplies required.)

Holder with fabric trim.

Holder with fabric trim.

If you like, you can also add a strip of your lining fabric to the front of your holder for an attractive fabric accent as shown on the holder with the bird designs.  To make them even more personal, you can use a typewriter to type a favorite quote or relevant message on a piece of trim for the center of your trim piece.  I did this for a number of holders I made for my 3 sisters when they were here for a Sister’s Reunion in July.  It was fun to share quotes that were relevant to each of them on their notebook holders. There are several suggestions for trim ideas included in the pattern.

Holder using a border print

Holder using a border print

Another fun idea is to use a border print as your main focus fabric.  It’s almost magical to the see the effect of letting the fabric itself be the main focal element.

Flip the pattern to make a holder for a left-handed person.

Flip the pattern to make a holder for a left-handed person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a left-handed person on your gift list, simply flip the pattern to make a holder for that works well for them. This is a very useful gift as the flap helps to keep all your papers in place and is securely fastened to the front of the holder with a snap.  I used both Babyville and Snap Setter snap fasteners and snaps for my holders.  They come in a wonderful assortment of colors and styles.

The holder has an pen holder and optional business card holder.

The holder has an pen holder and optional business card holder.

The holder easily accommodates a standard size composition notebook (9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″) which are available at Office Max or Target, etc.  The handy pen holder keeps your pen in place and instructions are also included for an optional business card holder.

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My sister, Kathy, seems delighted!

My sister, Vicki, with her new notebook holder

My sister, Vicki, with her new notebook holder

 

Once you have made your first holder, you will be amazed how quickly you can make more  holders. If you would like to share any you make, please send me a picture as it is so much fun to see them.   You can email it to me at rickrackandpolkadots@gmail.com.  The patterns are available locally in Boise at the Quilt Crossing and can also be purchased on Craftsy.

I hope you enjoy making them as much I have.

Happy Sewing! Jane

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Asian Memories Quilt

In April, 2007, we took an amazing two week trip to China to visit Andy and Alecia.  To commemorate our visit, I made a quilt that I gave to them as a Thank You gift.

Asian Memories Quilt made to commemorate our 2007 Trip to China

Asian Memories Quilt made to commemorate our 2007 Trip to China

When we arrived, it was my birthday, so Alecia greeted me at the airport with beautiful flowers and also surprised me with a lovely birthday cake when we arrived at their apartment.  It was very thoughtful.  The best gift of all was seeing her and Andy!

My birthday flowers and cake

My birthday flowers and cake

While we were in China, we spent time in Shanghai, where Andy and Alecia were living.

View from Alecia and Andy's Apartment

View from Alecia and Andy’s Apartment

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Living Room

 

Alecia & Andy's Home in China (on 27th Floor)

Alecia & Andy’s Home in China (on 27th Floor)

It was quite a change from their home in the North End in Boise as you can see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also toured Beijing and climbed the Great Wall and saw the Ming tombs.

Marv on the Great Wall

Marv on the Great Wall

Ready to climb the Great Wall

Ready to climb the Great Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We attended Kung Fu theatre and the Peking Opera.  So many sites to see and we hiked into the Forbidden City, Tinanmen Square and the Summer Palace.

Tinanmen Square

 

Our Most Excellent Tour Guides at the Summer Palace

Our Most Excellent Tour Guides at the Summer Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, there was some shopping at the pearl, jade, cloisonné and fabric markets.

Jane at the Pearl Market

Jane at the Pearl Market

I found "My Store"...

I found “My Store”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also visited the water town of Suzhou…

Canal in Suzhou

Canal in Suzhou

and hiked through the Administrator’s Garden.

The Administrator's Garden

The Administrator’s Garden

Touring the Administrator's Garden

Touring the Administrator’s Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an incredible trip and when I made their quilt, I found fabric that reminded me of some of the birds we saw in the Administrator’s Garden.  The pattern I used for the quilt was called BQ from Maple Island quilts.

Close-up of quilting by Evette Ebaugh

Close-up of quilting by Evette Ebaugh

Another close-up of quilting

Another close-up of quilting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the quilting, the finishing touch was the label that summarized our most excellent adventure!

Copy of the Quilt's Label

Copy of the Quilt’s Label

It was a trip of a lifetime and we had so much fun.  The best part of the trip was  spending time with Alecia and Andy and seeing how well they had adapted to their new home in Shanghai.  They were very comfortable in China and did a great job as guides during our visit.

Quilts are a great way to commemorate a significant event in our lives.  What quilts have you made to help remember a special time or a special someone?

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful August weather.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy the Star Quilt Show

 

 

Star Quilt Show is Back!!!

Star Quilt Show is Back!!!

Mark your calendars… the Star Quilt Show is scheduled for this Friday, July 18 (10 to 7) & Saturday, July 19 (10 to 5).   Last July, I was excited to attend and wrote an article about the quilt show.   The show will be held again at the North Star Charter School on 839 North Linder Road.

Follow the signs to the Star Quilt Show

Follow the signs to the Star Quilt Show

There will be a variety of quilts as well as a number of vendors.

Also, Boise Basin Quilters will be there with their Raffle Quilt promoting the September show, lecture and classes. I will be manning their booth along with Cheryl Little from 1 to 4 on Friday.  Drop by and say hello!

 

In 2013 show, this quilt was submitted by Teresa Mitchell - made by her mother for her oldest daughter's wedding quilt

In 2013 show, this quilt was submitted by Teresa Mitchell – made by her mother for her oldest daughter’s wedding quilt

If you are looking for a fun event to attend this weekend, drop by the Star Quilt Show.  There is no doubt in my mind that it will be well worth the trip!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

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Fun Sun Hats for Children

This spring, I was surprised when an innocent-looking mole I had turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma.  It was a reminder of how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun.  Wearing a sun hat is one way to do this, along with sun screen, etc.  I thought that by personalizing and making hats for children from fabrics and colors they liked, they would be more inclined to wear them.  The result was sun hats for both Belén and Eloise.  After doing some research for a suitable pattern, I came across a great book entitled Children’s Sun Hats that contains 20 different projects for hats for lots of different occasions.

Children's Sun Hats book

Children’s Sun Hats book

Apparently, the author, Gill Stratton, has always loved hats and attended the London School of Fashion to learn how to make hats.  The book is well written with clear instructions and fun and innovative ideas.

The girls picked out their fabrics.  Belen chose two coordinating prints in brown and pink and Eloise chose two prints with her favorite color… PURPLE!  Here she is modeling her new sun hat.

Eloise's Sun Hat

Eloise’s Sun Hat

Eloise in her sun hat

Eloise in her sun hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, I had to also make a hat for her big sister, Belén, as well.  Belén spent quite a bit of time choosing a variety of buttons to adorn her new sun hat.

Inside Belén's Sun Hat

Inside Belén’s Sun Hat

Belén's Sun Hat

Belén’s Sun Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so much fun that I decided to make a few more hats, including…

Baseball cap, Strawberry Sun Hat and Belén's Hat

Baseball cap, Strawberry Sun Hat and Belén’s Hat

Inside Baseball Cap (called Bicycle Hat in book)

Inside Baseball Cap (called Bicycle Hat in book)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to learn how to make a sun hat, I will also be teaching  classes on how to make Sun Hats at the Quilt Crossing (see page 8 of the newsletter for more details).   The class is called Sun Hats for Boys and Girls and the next class is scheduled for Monday, July 21, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Belén modeling her sun hat

Belén modeling her sun hat

 

These hats are very versatile and fun to personalize and they also provide good protection from the sun for children.  Of course, with a few minor adjustments in size, they can also be worn by adults.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

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Labors of Love…

Don’t you just love this time of year?  It’s so magical to see all your plants spring to life and I love the longer days.  It’s also a busy time of year for many people as the warmer weather provides the perfect venue for weddings.  This year, I’ve already been helping some ladies out with their wedding quilt projects.  I thought it would be fun to share them with you.

My friend, Sue, with her center block for the Signature Quilt

My friend, Sue, with her center block for the Signature Quilt

This is my friend, Sue.  Her son and soon to be daughter-in-law are getting married in June.  We are looking forward to the wedding for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is going to be in “wine country”.  Sue has been busy working on a signature quilt that wedding guests will be invited to write on with a sentiment for the bride and groom.    She had the quilt top pieced, but wanted to add the names of the wedding couple, along with the wedding date in a center block of the quilt.  Sue found a perfect matching thread from Floriani, to use for stitching out the center block.  It had a beautiful sheen to it and we were very pleased how it stitched out.

Sue showing where the center block will be positioned on the quilt.

Sue showing where the center block will be positioned on the quilt.

The finished block - we especially enjoyed this font because it really gave the letters dimension.

The finished block – we especially enjoyed this font because it really gave the letters dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I met with Nancy to help her design and stitch out a label for the wedding quilt she made for her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law.  The colors for their wedding are black, red and white so we incorporated those same colors for her quilt label.

Using Bernina's Designer Plus Software to design the quilt label

Using Bernina’s Designer Plus Software to design the quilt label

Using my Bernina Designer Plus software, we merged two different floral embroidery designs that Nancy had purchased.  Next we added the bride and groom’s name and altered the size of each design, so they were proportional.

 

Of course, the final test is to stitch out the finished design to see how it translates from the computerized design into the final stitched design.

The design stitched out beautifully.

The design stitched out beautifully.

The roses were almost real enough to pick

The roses were almost real enough to pick

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were very pleased with the finished label and Nancy was excited to take it home so she could stitch it to the back of the completed wedding quilt.

Nancy holding the completed quilt label.

Nancy holding the completed quilt label.

Weddings are such a special time and it was fun to help these two busy Moms with their  labors of love for their children.

Are you working on any projects for upcoming weddings?  If so, please feel free to share.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liam Learns to Quilt

Liam holding his almost- finished quilt

Liam holding his almost- finished quilt

The past several weeks have been a flurry of activity.  I have had the privilege to not only teach a number of classes, but also to take several classes, which I will tell you more about in future blogs.

I was also asked by someone if I would be interested in teaching her 8 year old son, Liam, how to quilt.  Upon meeting Liam, there was no question about the fact that he genuinely wanted to make a quilt for his stuffed animals.  After I discussed potential projects, Liam, his Mom, Valerie, and I agreed upon a smaller quilt project that would be made from my pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt.

Liam checking the fabrics he chose for his quilt

Liam checking the fabrics he chose for his quilt

Later in the week, Liam and Valerie met me at the Quilt Crossing where Liam carefully chose the fabrics he wanted to include in his quilt.  He had very definite ideas about the colors, designs and was already sharing how he thought it should be quilted.  This made for a very exciting afternoon and when he left, he had his fabric strips and borders ready for his first quilting class.

When Liam arrived for his first lesson, I initially spent quite a bit of time showing him how a sewing machine works as well as how to safely operate it.  He was fascinated and asked a lot of good questions.  Next, we used a design wall to lay out his fabric strips.  This is a great way to audition the various colored strips to insure you achieve the look you want before you begin to sew the strips together.  Then we sewed the strips together.

Liam and I adding numbers to the strips to keep them organized.

Liam and I adding numbers to the strips to keep them organized.

Liam proud of his first day's work

Liam proud of his first day’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam carefully folded the individual strips to mark each strip’s center with a pin and then we matched the pins and began to sew the strips together.  This took a real team effort as Liam was not tall enough to reach the foot pedal.  So, he would push the pedal with his foot, while together we guided the fabric under the presser foot.  We were quite a team!

Liam pinning the centers of the fabric strips

Liam pinning the centers of the fabric strips

Liam passing me a pinned strip

Liam passing me a pinned strip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie was always there to cheer us on and Liam genuinely enjoyed showing her what he was accomplishing.  Before long, we had the center section of the quilt sewn together.

Liam sharing with Valerie his final quilt preview/layout

Liam sharing with Valerie his final quilt preview/layout

Liam was not as excited about his homework

Liam was not as excited about his homework

We also had workbooks for Liam to read as well as exercises for him to complete between our weekly lessons.  One week we focused on the different parts of the sewing machine, safety measures to follow when sewing, etc.  Liam was not as excited about his homework as he was about the actual sewing each week.

During our next sewing session, we worked on the inside and then outside borders.  We had great rhythm and teamwork on our sewing.  Valerie captured Liam’s “pedal to the metal” in a photo while I was guiding the fabric through the presser foot above.

Liam's foot on the foot pedal of the sewing machine.

Liam’s foot on the foot pedal of the sewing machine.

Inside border is complete!

Inside border is complete!

It was  exciting to see the quilt come together, step by step.  It wasn’t long before we had completed the quilt top.  Liam was tickled to show off his completed quilt top!  Next, we prepared the quilt back that Liam chose and layered the quilt top, batting and backing and pinned in place.

Liam with his completed quilt top

Liam with his completed quilt top

Layering the backing, batting and quilt top and pinning in place

Layering the backing, batting and quilt top and pinning in place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We brainstormed how Liam would like the quilting and he agreed it was okay for me to work on this between lessons.  It was helpful because I had no doubt how he wanted me to quilt it.  He asked for swirls and spirals and also specified that he would like a leaf quilted on it.  In addition, he would like to have his name in the quilting instead of a separate label on the back of the quilt.  Here’s what I did…

Another "Liam" amongst the quilting

Another “Liam” amongst the quilting

Look closely to find a leaf on this corner of the border

Look closely to find a leaf on this corner of the border

One of several spirals

One of several spirals

Liam's name amongst the quilting - it was on all 4 sides of the outside border.

Liam’s name amongst the quilting – it was on all 4 sides of the outside border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam was very excited to see the quilting I had completed and was quick to find all the items he had requested.  During his final class, we attached the outside binding by machine and, “TA DA!”  His quilt was complete!  Congratulations, Liam!  The most rewarding thing of all is that he is already talking about his next sewing project!

This was his initial reaction...

This was his initial reaction…

Followed by this...  Congratulations, Liam, on a job well done!

Followed by this… Congratulations, Liam, on a job well done!

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