Ever since Chesney got her adorable Hello Kitty sewing machine she has been wanting to sew. I haven't always been the best at stopping what I'm doing to make time to sew with her. However, over the weekend I knew it was time. So, my kids and I ran to our local quilt shop, Quilted Works, and I told Chesney that she could pick out any pattern in the store and we'd make the project together. I was thinking she'd chose a bag or a skirt or something like that, but she chose the Hazel Hedgehog pattern, and she was pretty excited about it.
In the next few hours Chesney and I are going to learn to get along......or kill each other! I took her to @quiltedworks and let her pick out anything in the store she wanted to make. She looked and looked and decided she wanted to make a Hazel Hedge Hog quilt. @elizabethagh I was secretly really excited she chose your pattern. Anyways, I'm cutting, she's making little labels and then we'll sew together! Wish us luck! ;) #nataliaskids #hazelhedgehog
I knew it might become a challenge so I tried everything I could think of to have her be involved. We picked out the fabrics together, she picked them very carefully, she wanted each hedgehog to represent a person in our family.
When it came time to cut the fabric I did all of the cutting, but had her make the little labels.
Then it was time to sew. I put her on my lap, put the machine on the slowest speed and helped her guide the fabrics through the machine.
She did really good following the lines that I had drawn on the fabrics, keeping a good 1/4 seam was a little bit more of a challenge, so I helped a bit with those.
She was pretty proud when we got the first block done. So we made a second hedgehog.
After the second block was complete Brayden woke up from his nap and decided he needed to help too. I came up with a brilliant idea, I had him sit on the floor and push the petal and while I sat at the machine with Chesney on my lap. She would tell him when to stop or start and he did so good, and was proud that he was helping too!
We actually finished a 3rd block, but then we got distracted and went to the neighbors pool! Brayden even helped with the piecing on the purple one! THANK YOU so much to everyone for your kind comments and likes, Chesney keeps checking my phone and you all have totally made her day, and made her that much more excited about sewing! #nataliaskids #hazelhedgehog
After we got the third block all done they needed a break, so we went to the neighbors swimming pool. :)
On Sunday afternoon we decided to finish the quilt. After sewing the top together, it was time to quilt it. She liked how the original quilt was quilted so we used my Crackle pantograph pattern and quilted it on the long-arm. She was so proud of how it turned out. I asked her if she wanted me to bind it for her, (most of you probably know that I don't bind quilts.) But she quickly replied, let's just wait and have grandma bind it. :)
It's all pieced and quilted! She did so good! After we finished quilting it I asked her if she wanted me to attempt to bind it (I don't bind) she quickly replied, let's just wait and have grandma bind it! Haha! I love that we did this together, but I think it's even more awesome that she picked the colors, and gave each one a name, to match each person in our family. Like the gray one is for @brbonner27 because he's so old! :) #nataliaskids #hazelhedgehog
The process was fun, I'm glad that I finally made time to sew with my kids. I think it was actually a good experience for all of us and I really hope to make this happen more often.
We shared her progress over on Facebook & Instagram while we were making the quilt and I just have to say thank you so much to all of you who commented, liked and encouraged her. She spent a lot of time, while I was pressing looking at my phone and you all encoruaged and excited her so much, much more than you'll ever know! THANK YOU!