14 Feb

New Recruit

This is what’s on my design wall these days:

Frau Mecher's baby quilt in progress

My daughter’s Kindergarten teacher (more specifically, her student teacher) asked me if I would make, or help her make, a baby quilt for her nephew who will be born in March. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to teach her how to make her own quilt ’cause you know, quilting is like the Borg: “Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!” Really. As much as it’s about staying warm, making do with what you have and expressing your creativity when you may not have any more traditional outlet, quilting is also about sharing fabrics and patterns and creating a community with like minded women to working together.

So, last Saturday I showed Frau Mecher how to use a rotary cutter and set her up with a pile of fabrics from my stash. Then I showed her the beauty that is chain piecing and away she went. She cut and sewed at least 80% of what’s on the design wall. Soon, she’ll come back to sew the rows together and baste, quilt and bind the quilt. I’m not sure yet if we’ll be tying or machine quilting this.

It makes me happy to see this project when I walk by the wall. I love the clear colors and fun patterns; I love that Frau Mecher is happy and inspired by it, and I love that I hardly lifted a finger to make it appear from a pile of fabric.

5 thoughts on “New Recruit

  1. I helped an eight year old make a similar quilt this past sumer- chain piecing, etc. What blew my mind was her fabric choices. I let her choose from my stash and she chose all earth tones – a very sophisticated palette! I love the colors Frau Mecher has used. I find it very soothing to put together a simple pieced baby quilt once in awhile!

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