One thing I love about my son is he wants to TRY everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. (not food-wise believe me, that is a challenge!). He sees me or Mr. Steam do something and HE wants to do it.
He used to sit for an hour or longer and watch Mr. Steam work on cars in the garage. That is until he was old enough to fetch tools or even help.
When he turned 3 he would go fix his cozy coupe or his trike. He put it up on blocks first. Because, you know that’s what you do, then he’d go get tools and fix it.
When he was only 4 he changed out the training wheels on Ms M’s bike all by himself.
Sew? Please? The angels sang!
Of course my dear you can learn to sew. How about a pillowcase? Would you like to pick out your fabric?
So off he and I went to my local quilt shop. The plan had been to pick out 3 fabrics to make one pillow case.
That was the plan.
But, it turns out that N is a fabric shopper like me. So instead we got fabric for THREE pillow cases and the quilt for his bed in the new camper.
Quilt – Packers. This is actually awesome. He had requested a packers quilt for his camper bed. My plan had been to get plain green fabric and applique on white to make it look like a football field, and then make football and packer blocks to go around the edge. But N found this panel, which will totally save time!!!! And he loves the packer fabric. PERFECT!
First thing we had to deal with was the foot pedal. N couldn’t reach it and the sewing table from the chair. So we found a box that was just the perfect height.
So first, I had him practice sewing some straight lines. I had just coincidentally read a post on Quilts of Love where Margaret was teaching her daughter to sew. She thought it would be easier for a kid to follow a drawn line than line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the foot. That was a slap me in the head moment. One of those things that should have been SOOOOO obvious, but I hadn’t thought of it.
We did 2 lines. One with a sharpie that was FAT and BLACK. Super easy to see. The second one was with a blue wash out pen. He did great. And as you can see, was super excited.
First up – The cuff seam
He was all ready to go to make his next one, but we really had to get shoe shopping. The boy’s toes were literally coming out of the front of his shoes. Besides we have to save a project for next weekend!!!