Quilting with the Grands – a Summary

6 08 2017

A quick look-back at previous blog posts tells me that I need to bring you up to date on what’s been happening in my sewing room. I have been hosting grandchildren . . . and they have worked on sewing quilts!

Krystine enrolled in a “Prest-O, Change-O” class that I taught at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC. I designed the pattern which uses two packs of 5″ charm squares and some yardage. Krystine sewed the squares together, and then we cut the quilt apart diagonally. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. And Prest-O, Change-O, the squares are on-point. She had fun selecting an inner and outer border, discovering that batiks are a favorite fabric to work with.

Kaleb worked with a Star Wars panel that his mom purchased at a quilt show. We used Electric Quilt software to figure out border widths, designs, and colors. Notice that the stars in the four corners of the second border are actual star colors: red, blue, yellow, and white. The corner blocks in the outer border are stylized X-Wing fighter jets. Kaleb plans to enter this in a 4-H fair next spring.


Not to be left out, 4 year old Aidan decided to make a rocket ship quilt for his little brother. I’ll post more about his quilt in the future.

I had a grand time sewing with the grands during the past few weeks!

Have you worked on a quilt project with a child this summer?




9 responses

6 08 2017
Pam Bonstead

How grand, indeed! To think Aidan, only four, could do so well! All three quilts are wonderful.

6 08 2017
Dwanna Martinez

How fun!

7 08 2017
Mary Ed Williams

Great quilts – what talented grands. And how lucky are they to have you to teach them? Fun summer!

9 08 2017

Thank you, Mary Ed. Yes, it was a fun and busy summer!

7 08 2017
Maridee Hargis

Until I moved from Fort Bliss, I had four young students. (two sets of sisters) I loved working with them. They ranged from age 8-11. They enjoyed making pencil bags (with zippers even), tote bags, and wallets. They also made charity quilts using the stitch and flip method for blocks and helped me clean out lots of scraps! What I really love is seeing pictures of them sewing at home without me and seeing pictures of the cat vest or pillows they’ve made.

9 08 2017

I predict you will find some young sew-ists in your new community as well. It is gratifying if our young students are self-starters after our tutelage.

7 08 2017

Aren’t “Grands” great. They can be so much fun!!

2 09 2017
Aidan’s Quilt | abyquilts

[…] After sewing the upper rows to the lower rows, Aidan joined his cousins for the photo shoot. If you missed it, you can see Krystine’s and Kaleb’s quilts on this blog post. […]

4 01 2018
Aidan’s Star Wars Quilt – A Beginning | abyquilts

[…] one of my fabric bins, he came across Kaleb’s quilt backing leftovers. (You can read about Kaleb’s Star Wars quilt here.) Inspiration dawned in the five-year-old’s mind – “Let’s make a Star Wars […]

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