Friday, June 05, 2009

quilting with kids

Here are some of the blocks from Griffin's teachers quilt. He is 8 and in 2nd grade. I really respect the work teachers do and I am so thankful that my kids have had wonderful teachers:)
I love to go into the classroom and sew with the kids. A few years ago our guild did a community service project for a year making quilts from The Quiltmaker's Gift book. The idea was for us to go out into the community and make quilts with people who may not ever have the chance to sew or quilt. It was a huge success and it's legacy lives on in quilts like this.
The kids used my hand dyed fabric to create a unique butterfly. They are studying the butterfly life cycle in school. I had them sketch a butterfly on paper and use it as their inspiration. They used their neighbors scraps to decorate the wings, etc. I gave them each 12 crystals to embellish the butterflies wings.
I had lots of help from mom's who didn't sew but could iron, supervise, etc. This is a close up of the quilting - it was good to practice on my frame. I almost ran out of thread and called and it was here the next day!
Here is the quilt! Can you believe these kids are in second grade? They pieced the quilt and they did a nearly perfect job, I am just amazed!
This is the label I made (I hadn't stitched around the pieces when I took the picture). I am going to have the kids sign the center for the teacher.

Monday, June 01, 2009

lucky me

Here is Paige on her 10th birthday! She commissioned a Murphy Bag for a new school bag:) She liked it (thank goodness).

Here she is with her new ipod - it was all she wanted. She had a party at a plaster painting place with 10 friends. She donated all her gifts to the Lahey Clinic. We got the idea from a friend. All the gifts her friends brought were donated to the kids who are in the hospital. The gifts are dolled out to the kids while having treatment. She is a very kind kid:) Her haircut is a big hit!

Here is Morgan just before the prom, I think she looks beautiful! She picked out the dress all by herself. I was frustrated because she bought a 3 but needed a 1. I am not a seamstress and altering was stressful:) I miss my friend Sharon T!

I love the colors and pattern of the dress. I can see a quilt here:)

This is one of four commissioned Murphy Bags I am making for a friend. They all have the dragonfly fabric. The dragonfly is significant to the family due to a death. She wanted one for her mom, sister, niece and herself. This is the bag for her mom.

I am working on two quilts for Paige and Griffin's teachers. I will post pictures when they are done.
My cell phone quilt is on display at the Mazmanian gallery at Framingham State this month. I hope to go to the reception...