A few days ago, Katie decided she wanted to make a small lap quilt. She saw a basic explantion of how to make a simple quilt in this book and wanted to give it a try. We’ve been trying to get more exercise into our lives recently so we hopped on our bikes and rode to the nearest mall where there is a fabric store. Katie picked out three fabrics she wanted on the front of the quilt and then chose a pink quilted fabric for the back so that she could skip the step of adding batting in the middle. Since this was her very first quilting project, we both felt that simple was better.
After we rode our bikes home, Katie got started right away on making her project. I helped her with the cutting and with pinning the pieces together, but she decided the design and sewed the three pieces on the front together. I also helped with ironing down the seams on the back of the pieces she had sewed together (since the book said we should do that). At this point, Katie was feeling a bit tired out from all her sewing but she wanted to to finish the project that day, so she chose a fancy stitch and I offered to topstich around the quilt to finish it off. So, I guess this time the quilt was a team effort!
The lap blanket turned out great and to my surprise Katie later wrapped it up and gave it to me as an early birthday present! I didn’t realize we were making it for me! In the chilly months it will be great for putting over my lap during homeschool read aloud times.
Here are some photos of Katie working hard on her quilt and enjoying the results.