Do you now find yourself needing to entertain kids at home for the next few weeks? We have a solution! Now is the perfect time to teach your kids to quilt. Quilting is a fantastic skill and uses many concepts you’ll want to review while kids are off of school. When quilting you use math, art (color theory and design), and of course, sewing! It’s also a great way to bond and draw closer together, not to mention the sense of accomplishment kids will feel when they snuggle up under a quilt they made.
To make things easier, we are shifting our regularly scheduled program and will provide a new video each day to walk kids through the process of creating their own quilt. Things start Monday, March 16! If you sign up below, you’ll get a reminder each day and a link to that days video. These emails are separate from our regular emails and you’ll only get them if you are signed up below so we can focus on those that are participating.
On Day one, we will focus on fabric and different color schemes you can use when picking which fabrics to use. For this project, we will use 9 different fabrics, each about the size of a fat quarter. If you want to use your stash and scraps, you can mix in more fabrics in smaller pieces. Each piece will need to be at least 5″. You can also use charm packs if you prefer. This is a great option for smaller kids that you don’t want to have to worry about using a rotary cutter with. If using charm packs, you’l need 108 – 5″ squares.
We will talk about tools, safety, and tips to keep things nice and square.
For this quilt, we are making a disappearing 9 patch. On Day 3, we will start by sewing all of our squares into blocks. We’ll also talk about a 1/4″ seam and how to iron the blocks.
On Thursday we get crazy and cut our blocks up again so that we can mix and match and rearrange. We will share tips on how to visualize the final quilt so you can mix things around till it looks just right.
On Day 5 we will finish everything up and by the end, your quilt top will be finished.
This is a really fun and easy project and the perfect opportunity to get kids involved! With the extra time at home, they should easily be able to completely finish their quilt in a couple weeks.
Bonus Lesson: Quilting Ideas
A quilt top isn’t much good if you can’t use it! We’ll include a few ideas to help kids finish their quilts.