All first graders are to participate in a summer project before school starts. Each one is to choose a grown-up to help them make something to share with their new class. Presentation boards complete with pictures of the process and the finished items will be on display at Grandparents Day in October.
Gracie chose to make a quilt for her American Girl Doll! She chose ME to help that idea become a reality. What an honor!
So, in addition to the regular activities of BeBe Camp, sewing and quilting class was added. We went to the local quilt shop, picked out fabric, spent time cutting it into squares and hearts and proceeded to put it all back together.
What a good time! It only took a couple of days to finish the project.
We've learned much in the process. Gracie learned how to operate a very grown up dangerous machine, the meaning and techniques of sewing and quilting and the pain of pins sticking in your fingers. She knows the terms batting, seam ripper, bobbin and zig-zag.
I learned that she LOVES fabrics, colors and the thrill of creativity.
At one time she actually vocalized the words of frustration that millions of quilters have at one time stated, "I have so many ideas, I'll never get all my quilts made!' Now her favorite thing to do is to go into the sewing room and "practice" sewing straight lines all by herself. She can do it!!! She has made stacks of fabrics with themes and all color coordinated. Everyone she knows has been thoughtfully chosen to receive one of her future creations. She's determined to cover the world with patchwork, fat quarters and 100 % cotton.
It's official. This week, A QUILTER WAS BORN! She's going back home with the goal of convincing her Daddy to buy her a sewing machine just like BeBe's. She wants a sewing room added to their house and thinks she knows a contractor that can build BeBe a Quilt Shop just like Mama Bear's of Berenstein Bear fame. The girl has PLANS!
She is so proud of her accomplishment. I'm stunned! Who could have predicted this?
That ancient art of quilting has been passed on to a new generation!
What a good time!