From Graph Paper Designs to Quilts

9 08 2015

Regular blog readers will remember the “Quilting with Kids” posts during July. As part of the weekly classes in July, I provided graph paper and markers, encouraging the children to design a quilt block or a quilt. Three enterprising girls accepted the challenge.


Keona and Kalea asked if they could come over to my house and translate their designs from graph paper to fabric. At Loving Stitches quilt shop, I found solid fabrics in the hues of Keona’s drawing. I bought 1/2 yard of each and cut them in 4” strips for her to sew together. We will cross-cut them in 4” increments and use the pieces to make a “Trip Around the World” quilt.

 Keona's quilt, beginning

Kelea wanted to use all the colors of the rainbow with purple in the center, but then she saw a blue/green large scale floral print in my stash. I cut a 12 ½” square of the print and 4” strips of various tone-on-tone colors.

 Kalea's quilt, beginning

I was the pinner and quality control and presser. Surprisingly, the girls concentrated on their projects for 5 hours during our first sewing session. By the end of the second sewing session, the quilt tops lacked only the borders.

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Unwilling to be left out, Sarah and Jasmine joined the sewing fun by hand quilting several pre-made potholders each.

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Way to go, Junior Quilters of America!





4 responses

9 08 2015
Mrs. Plum

Way to go, girls! What marvelous creations!

10 08 2015

Those are wonderful quilts!

10 08 2015

Lasting memories!

10 08 2015
Jen Johnston

Wow! Amazing job!

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