Then, when I got home, I had a whole new batch of blocks waiting for me. I forgot to take a photo of them because I had a friend come over that evening, and we had a Play Date, sewing up your blocks into a top while we talked and laughed and our 5 boys (all between 4 and 10) made more noise than I thought humanly possible. It was loud and raucous and chaotic and magically FUN!!!
while I cut and pressed.
|I don't usually wear my hats backwards - we were getting a little goofy there towards the end!|
And we created this!
|Do you see your blocks in there?|
Plus I am 1/3 of the way through with another top. Too bad there's no mail today - I'm ready for more blocks!
Look what my friend Nancy is doing - making a whole quilt by placing her blocks around a center 50" square UFO that she had laying around. Isn't it bright and happy and beautiful?
We read The Quiltmaker's Gift while the students disassembled some jeans that I will cut up for our donation quilt. They also each make a fabric bookmark from upcycled denim and a novelty fabric of their choice. I introduced them to fusible (Heat N Bond), and then they each sewed around the edges of the bookmark and then trimmed the edges with pinking shears. It was good for them to have something to take home as a finished product on day one. And it was good for me to have no one cut by scissors, burned by the iron, or with a needle through a finger! I have to ask if I am allowed to share photos of the students, so for now, I just have my two goofballs showing off their bookmarks.
|They chose their focus fabic - the back is upcycled denim|
|OK, so the stitching isn't straight, and neither is the trimming, but I don't think the kids noticed or cared!|