Quilting with kids is both rewarding and a practice in patience. Amelia, one of Audrey’s daughters, is a lover of sewing and quilting. You might remember her from the Doll Backpack project we shared a while ago. Her most recent project is a quilt!
All of the fabrics and layout were decided upon by Amelia. She used 2.5″ squares in the center and 4.5″ squares for everything else. Audrey did all of the rotary cutting, since Amelia is still only 6 years old, after all.
The spiral quilting and machine binding were also done by Audrey, but much of the piecing was done by Amelia, with the Bernina on the slowest setting and the foot pedal up on a box.
There’s nothing like that sense of accomplishment when you see your project from idea to reality!
Our biggest tips for sewing with kids are: be patient, allow them to make mistakes, and don’t forget it’s their project, not yours! Practically speaking, turn the machine speed down if possible, put the foot pedal on a box to have correct posture, and help them with their hand placement as they go. You might be surprised at how well kids can sew!