Jessi choose to use some Neverland Fabric by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs. She loved the adorable prints and the soft colors and I just happened to have some yardage, so she cut it up into 6" squares. I was a little nervous about the whole, using the rotary cutter thing on her own. I was looming right over her shoulder, but she did all the cutting. Great job Jessi!!!
And then came the layout. And I think this was my favorite part to be an observer. It was so fun to watch her take her time and figure out just where she wanted each square. And she reallu put some thought into it :) From there, she moved on to piecing, and it was so great that she is becoming confident enough on the machine to pretty much pin, stitch, and press independently. Oh, and I got to teach her some fun tricks on keeping your rows in order and chain stitching ;) Great tools for any quilter to learn!!! Once the patchwork was done, it was a quick border and then time to get this quilted.
I had a piece of yardage left for the backing from the Neverland line, but it wasn't big enough, but of course, that didn't stop Jessi. She just picked out a print from my stash, bordered the yard I had, and made this adorable pieced backing. Isn't that just awesome!!! Even pieced backs don't intimidate her :)
And then it was onto the quilting, and I have to say, I just love to watch Jessica's confidence grow each time she gets on the long arm. She has quilted 3 projects on the long arm before. And it makes me thrilled that she now can load the quilt, advance the quilt, change bobbins, and of course, quilt on the long arm all without needing me there ;) Jessie debated on the design she wanted to quilt for a bit, but after a little doodling, she decided on L and E in the border and "North Stars" in the patchwork. And off she went. I even got to work on some of my own piecing while she was quilting away and didn't she do a fantastic job!!!
And then came the binding. And this was her first time adding the binding to a quilt and I know I have already said it a ton, but I will say it again. I am just so proud of her!!! Binding can be tuff, and she did have a few trouble spots that I helper her through, but for a first time binding, she did awesome!! And just like that, she was done and now she has this wonderful quilt that she made all on her own, start to finish.
And she hasn't stopped wrapping up in it since she finished it!!! So ya, as you can tell by this post, I am one proud mama over here!!! Talk about a Happy Quilting kind of day :) And Jessi already has two more works in progress, so there will be more finishes from her in the future. Just like her mom, can't wait to finish one before starting more, tee hee hee.
I just can't even put into words how happy it makes me that my daughter loves to quilt!!! This is something we will be able to share for years and years, and with grandma in there, we will make it multi-generational. And that just warms my heart.
Thanks so much for popping in today and sharing my proud mama moment ;)
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!