Quilting with Claire

It has been really nice to have some time at home this summer and I have been able to spend time in my studio with various friends and family.  Claire fits into the “friend” category!!

Claire is 9 years old and goes to my church.  She and I were talking a few months back about hobbies and she expressed an interest in making a quilt.  I asked her what her favorite colors were and she responded that she didn’t have favorite colors but that she loved horses.

I hopped onto Fabric.com and came up with this fun panel to base the quilt on……IMG_3150

When Claire arrived we picked some fabrics and she took off with the sewing…..IMG_3400

At first we had some problems with the horse fabric crawling because it was so soft but a quick shot of Spray starch fixed that problem…..

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My machine proved to be very easy to set up for her…… we turned the speed down to “Turtle” so that it didn’t run away with her and between the 1/4 inch foot and a magnetic fabric stop, she was able to keep a very even 1/4 inch seam……IMG_3429

Claire particularly enjoyed seeing how long of a chain she could make……IMG_3405

This is where we were at the end of the first day…..

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Day two started with sewing the blocks together, adding two borders and then came the hard task of picking fabric for the backing…..IMG_3426

When she left after day two, it was basted and ready for quilting…..

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Before she arrived for day 3, I put the binding on and did a bit of quilting, just to make sure that we got it finished.  While I was getting things set up for her she had a fun time creating “Pin Cushion Woman”……IMG_3521I particularly love the hair bow!!

The quilt was soon finished……IMG_3510

….and used for a silly picture….. IMG_3511

I really had a wonderful time working with Claire and found that she has a quick wit, is encouraging, fun and extremely creative.  I cant wait to spend more time with her in  the future and to see what other creative ventures she finds in her life!!!

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Thanks Claire for letting me share in your project!!!

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