So today is the final day of International Quilt Market, and I have to say, I sure wished I was in Texas this last weekend. I am so grateful that so many wonderful folks posted all about it on social media so I got to see all of the amazing new fabrics, patterns, and notions . . . but . . . .I realized this weekend how much I love getting to see all of my wonderful industry friends every 6 months and I really missed them!!!! I missed all of the hugs, the chatting, the laughs, and the general catching up with such amazing good friends. And I will admit, it got me a little blue and nothing chases away the blues like a bit of sewing . . .
So I told my daughter she could pick anything she wanted to make and we would do it. She decided on making a quilt for her best friend for Christmas. Her friend loves Black and White so we grabbed a 10" Stacker of Tuxedo by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake that had been languishing in my stash for way to long. She laid out all of her fabrics and I loved watching her take painstaking care to make sure no same prints or colors were next to each other. She really put a lot of thought into it.
Then she turned her layout into a quilt top!!! I have to say, I was blown away with how much she has picked up from sewing with Grandma. I tend to want to take over, but I kept reminding myself to just let her do it and we could fix anything that needed to be fixed along the way. So she did all of her own pinning, pressing, and sewing. Start to finish!!! I was so incredibly proud of her. She even did her own seam ripping when she accidentally sewed a row using wrong sides together instead of right sides together. She did such a great job and I am just so bursting at the seams with joy over it!!! She decided she wants to add a yellow border for some pop and to make it a little larger, so next up, rotary cutting ;)
In fact, (proud mom gushing here) she did so much on her own, that I was able to work on my own project at the same time she was working on hers!!! I did some free motion quilting on my good ol trusty Bernina. I don't quilt much on my domestic machine anymore, but for small things I still like to give it a go, and I always remember how much fun it is :) Good Times ;)
I tell you what, this feels just like when learning to read finally clicked. We struggle and struggle and struggle and then it clicks and they figure it out. And now, the sewing thing is clicking and she feels more confident with the machine and it is awesome!!! We could both just sew and sew and sew. I see lots more Saturdays like this in the future!! So ya, it really was the perfect remedy for chasing away the Missing Market Blues. And I should add, while I was not there in person, I did have a few projects there ;) I will share those starting Wednesday after TTGD ;) Be sure to pop back in because I just love getting to finally share some of that secret sewing ;)
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!