Friday, January 31, 2014

Quilting With the Next Generation and a Giveaway

Over the Christmas school break my almost 14-year-old daughter had some free time and requested to make a quilt with me.  I let her look through my patterns, and she chose "Yellow Brick Road" by Atkinson Designs.  She also looked through my fabrics and choose a fat quarter bundle of "Sweet Things." 



The two of us set to work cutting and sewing and pressing.  It was the perfect quilt to work on with a partner.  I did the cutting and pressing, and she did all the sewing.  Within a couple of evenings we had the blocks all assembled.  She then helped me arrange the blocks.

This week I was able to sew the blocks together, add the borders, quilt, and bind it.  



Do you have a daughter/son, granddaughter/son, niece/nephew, or neighbor girl/boy that would like to learn to quilt?  "Yellow Brick Road" is the perfect quilt pattern to do with a beginning quilter.  It doesn't require any matching of seams while making the blocks, and they are able to see progress quickly.  A smaller child who may not be able to use the sewing machine would enjoy helping you arrange the blocks.




I have put together kits for this quilt in a baby size, lap size, and full size.  If the "Sweet Things" fabric collection isn't your favorite but you have your eye on a different fabric collection I carry, contact me, and I will create a custom kit just for you. 







Giveaway

During the month of February I will be giving away one $25 gift certificate to my quilt shop each Friday.  To enter:

1.  Leave me a comment telling me if you have ever helped someone learn to quilt or if there is someone you would like to teach to quilt.  

2.  For a second chance at the giveaway, follow my blog (if you aren't already a follower) and leave me a comment telling me how you are following (i.e. Bloglovin', e-mail, Google Friend Connect, etc.).  There are places along the left side of my blog to enter your information to become a follower.   

Please be sure to leave me a way in your comments to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger.  I will contact the first week's winner on Friday, February 7.  You are welcome to come back to the blog each week of this month and comment again for the next week's gift certificate!

I hope you will plan a sewing day with a special little person in your life and pass along the quilting bug to the next generation!  -- Merrilee

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW COMPLETE AND THE WINNER NOTIFIED***

57 comments:

  1. I taught myself to sew and quilt (with the help of bloggers). I would love to teach my daughter and granddaughter, they live in another state. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  2. I follow you on bloglovin...I have that pattern and need to get it out and use it. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  3. Taught young mothers/mothers to be in alc/drug program to make simple baby quilts and blankets. Also other beginning stitchers (from the kids I used to take care of to older women). The younger they were, the more confident and fearless!!

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  4. How exciting that your daughter asked to make a quilt with you! She must be very proud of it. I have a three year old granddaughter who likes to sit on my lap as I sew. She lifts the presser foot up and down for me, and would like to guide the fabric too, but I worry about those little fingers, so I tell her that will have to wait until she is a little bigger. So I hope to make a quilter out of her in the next few years! Thanks so much for the generous chance to win! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  5. I'm teaching my SIL at the moment - we're both loving it!!

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  6. I have taught many family members to quilt over the years and it is so much fun seeing the joy they get when they discover they can do it! Several years ago I invited two of my nieces to my home for a week of quilt camp. They were 12 and 13 and lived 300 miles away. I let them pick fabrics from my stash, and we went shopping for more. They each made a quilt, a pillow, a zippered pouch and pincushion and left me with memories I will always cherish. More recently I taught my DIL and she is hooked.

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  7. I've helped someone learn how to foundation paper piece. Your daughter's quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win..

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  8. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  9. We have a group of 5 ladies...some have been quilting for some time; like myself. others are new to it. We have a great time teaching and learning from each other.

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  10. I taught a co worker to quilt and embroider and now she has her own on line machine embroidery shop

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  11. I already follow with bloglovin

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  12. It's exciting to have our kids ask to learn to do something we love! Your daughter did a lovely job. I supervised my pre-teen daughter's efforts to make a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt (came out great!) and at his request stayed out of the way while my teen son made a small paper pieced wall hanging.

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  13. I already follow via Google Friends Connect

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  14. I have a 7 year old granddaughter who I hope to teach sewing/quilting to. My 2 daughters don't have an interest in sewing so I hope the next generation will.

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  15. I have been following with GFC.

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  16. I hope I will have the opportunity to teach my little grand daughter to quilt someday. She is only 6 month old but already loves the quilt I made for her.

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  17. I enjoy following your blog by email.

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  18. I've been teaching my mum to quilt! She is loving it but still needs to build her confidence up!

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  19. I am a stalker - oops... follower.

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  20. Over the holidays my 7 year old granddaughter made a quilt for her bear. I have been purchasing fabric that I think she would like so we can make another one. Thanks!!

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  21. I a m going to teach my step daughter this year

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  22. Boy have you asked the wrong question for a quick answer! I have been teaching my 7 yo grand daughter to quilt/sew. She LOVES it! She's done a lap quilt for herself, another one for her dolls, a mug rug for each of her parents for christmas gifts, and a pillowcase for herself! She just loves it and I love working with her. She is picking it up so quickly and easily and is so ambitious! Sadly, I don't get to see her that often, couple times a year so I plan ahead to get the "busy" work done so she can sew sew sew! You can read about her pillowcase creation on my blog www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com. You daughter might like that...all kinds of teen fabric prints out there for a fun sleep over!!!

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  23. Your daughter's quilt turned out wonderful - love that fabric! I've been working with my 10 y/o granddaughter the last year or so. She loves picking out the fabrics, need to get her more involved in the sewing process.

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  24. I wouldn't have thought I liked those colors ...but put together like that..they are beautiful. I will definately keep them in mind! I follow you via email!

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  25. I have helped so many family members and friends learn to quilt. It has been so rewarding watching how they have taken this skill to the next level.
    Pamela
    following you by email:mccraepk@.......

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  26. I am teachng my daughter to sew. She has a bin of crumbs which are hers and I press the foot pedal while she guides the fabric. At 4, she doesnt have the coordination yet for hand sewing.

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  27. My sister and I have been learning together, she says I learn faster and I teach/remind her of things she forgot. I would love if my niece or sister-in-law wanted to learn, but no interest from either as of yet.

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  28. I follow you with bloglovin. :)

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  29. I helped my granddaughter make a couple of quilts in her early years.

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  30. I love the "Yellow Brick Road" quilt you made with your daughter! I am sure she will treasure it! My oldest granddaughter, I am trying to teach to sew and embroider! it's fun spending such quality time with the girls!

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  31. I have helped a friend's daughter learn to sew. I love to teach others! Thanks for the chance!

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  32. I love sewing with my grandchildren. Right now one is making a small quilt and a doll quilt for her sister's birthday present. We have to finish it by March and have plans to sew as long as it takes this week.
    So fun! Thanks.

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  33. I get your newsletter. Thanks.

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  34. I am a new quilter, but when grand daughter comes over (she's 4) I let her help out on the sewing machine. She loves just touching the fabric and folding it, it's so funny! I told her when she is bigger I will get her a sewing machine, but I think she wants the fabric first! Lol. Thanks
    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  35. I follow by email and bloglovin. Thanks
    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  36. I'm going to teach both of my son's girlfriends to quilt.

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  37. I follow your blog. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  38. I'm going to teach both of my son's girlfriends to quilt.

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  39. I'm going to teach both of my son's girlfriends to quilt.

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  40. I am a new follower via email and I love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win. Jackie

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  41. I taught my teenage daughter to quilt and she made a jeans quilt for her boyfriend. We had a ton of fun. Thanks for the chance to win. Jackie

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  42. I taught my 11 year old nephew at Christmas - he made a dresden plate pillow for his mother. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  43. I am also following you on Bloglovin'. If you want, you can follow me back at auntmamiesquilts.blogspot.com. Thanks again!

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  44. I would love to teach my grandchildren to quilt. I have already started showing them how to do some stitches by hand.

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  45. I will be following your blog by email. Thanks!

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  46. This past Christmas season my granddaughter asked me to show/help her make a quilt for her mom for Christmas. We had such fun making it. The learning for her and the togetherness was great. Hope I inspired her to do more.

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  47. I have helped a friend's daughter learn to sew Thanks for the chance! blog by email.

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  48. I would like to help my 15 year old granddaughter learn to quilt.

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