Patchworking for children

I am always thrilled when one of my children shows interest in my hobbies. When two children are enthusiastic, even better and I need to act. AJ and BL have been pouring over my patchwork and quilting books. They have enjoyed the patchwork projects that we have done together. It was time to take it one step further and book them on to a children’s course.

We are truly lucky to live within easy reach of a most wonderful quilting shop I have ever been in. As well as selling the most tempting range of fabrics and displaying inspirational quilts, they run quilting courses. Where better for my girls to learn?

Up to this point, the girls had used the iron a few times, but never my sewing machine. For the course, they needed both. They took to my sewing machine like little ducks to water. After lots of samples, they were ready. AJ, for one, loves my sewing machine. Given the choice, she tells me that, she would rather be sewing with it than having time on the computer.

Yesterday, they attended the course. I went too, to help them. I’m not sure if they learnt more or me. I am self-taught and there are so many holes in my knowledge. I’m still digesting it all. By the end of the day, the girls had made a nine patch cushion cover and I had learnt that they are less likely to burn themselves when they iron, or sew their fingers together, if I’m not looking over their shoulders. My babies are growing up!

Fortunately their sense of silliness is still firmly in place. Not growing up too quickly then. Phew!

A fun day was had by all and the girls are looking forward to the next course. (Me, too!)




    1. We would never have spent a whole uninterrupted day at home doing patchwork. This was a perfect way to learn. Although I am going to be practising my cutting skills before their next course. Didn’t help that AJ is right handed, so I had to set the cutting up one way and then reverse it for BL, because she is left handed. And still get the measurements right! Talk about being challenged! I need practise.

      Not looking over their shoulders is getting easier. It’s not as if they don’t know the iron is hot.

    1. Isn’t it wonderful to see the younger ones getting the sewing bug. Not surprising when they grow up in a home with mothers that sew. Lily, I hope you make a cushion too. It is fun.

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