Originally posted on February 14, 2018
In the March/April 2018 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, editor Kit Robinson writes:
Sometimes something I have edited in the magazine really speaks to me, and Margaret Solomon Gunn’s article on Quilting with Kids in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue contained such great advice that I decided to try it with my 7-year old grandson, Shaw. He had been pestering me to teach him how to sew, and when an online store sent me a free packet of 5-inch squares with an order, I decided to let him design and sew a simple quilt. After a brief talk about lights and darks, he arranged his squares on my design board very thoughtfully. He quickly caught on to sewing a ¼-inch seam, and he sewed all the seams himself for this 42″-square quilt, while I could not help but keep saying, “Watch out! Your fingers are getting too close to the needle!” He even helped with the ironing and cutting the batting.
When it came time to choose the backing for this subtly color-coordinated quilt (by the batik manufacturer) I laid out several lovely batiks that would work. But his eye caught a bright blue, black, and white print with large triangles in my stash instead. Channeling Margaret, I said, “Perfect!”
Now that he is machine quilting his creation, he is very proud of his stitching. And as I frequently tell him, so am I.
Here’s Shaw’s video on How to Sew: