This is to be turning out to be Gifts Fortnight. Must be the time of the year: end-of-school combined with spring birthdays combined with Mother's Day. I have a few more posts coming up of this ilk, and then we'll move on to other things.
This is Emily's first quilt.
It is made of charm squares that I got as a long-ago gift. Since I don't quilt, or make tiny doll-sized anythings, I saved them for when the girls became interested in Small Sewing. Turns out they want to pick and buy their own fabric instead of using whatever we have in the house. Wonder who they picked that bad habit up from. The other day, I asked them what they wanted to do, and they all, in one accord, shouted, "Go fabric shopping!" Very strange.
Back to the quilt. Some months back, Emily wanted to sew a quilt. I was not about to cut out small fabric bits for her, so I gave her my charm pack and said, "choose 16". She did, and we worked on pinning them in rows of 4, and sewing straight lines on their backsides. Then we pinned the rows together and made a big square.
She also sewed on the backing and top-stitched the binding. I helped by mitering the corners and basting the binding frame onto the quilt, which was too tricky for her, so all she needed to do was stitch.
There is something about quilts and binding quilts that really brings out the most anal aspects of my sewing personality. Almost as much as piecing print on my garments, I think. Which is ironic because I don't quilt, and probably never seriously will (not enough patience). I'm more easy-going with with doll purses and clothes and child-made tote-bags, but with this quilt, I really had to grit my teeth to allow all the unmeeting corners and unflat seams and meandering top-stitching to go uncorrected. This is Emily's Mother's Day gift to her grandma in Singapore and I wanted every stitch to be hers, where possible. Besides, Grandma would know at once where I'd cheated and helped her!