Monday, May 05, 2008



John's first quilt...


I asked John(11y) if I could take a picture of him and his new quilt and he says, "Sure! And then everyone can leave comments on how much they like it." He's not lacking in confidence. I had this lap quilt cut out for several years and was saving it for one of the boys to sew up. John has been feeling poorly- found out last night he has walking pneumonia, so he had been prowling the quilting room for something to do. John is very crafty. I set him up on the old Necchi and gave him a very brief course on how the thing works and then let him go. I think one of the tricks to teaching sewing is to let them learn on their own. The bobbin misbehaves- then you need to figure out how to put things to rights on your own. That way you gain confidence, and aren't as intimidated. After a few rough moments, I didn't hear a peep out of him- just gave new instructions at the beginning of each stage. He threw it into the washer last night and was very happy with how soft it came out. He has been cuddling on the couch with it- drinking his juice and taking his antibiotics. A very happy fella. That's John!

12 comments:

Julie said...

Wow! I am soooo impressed. What a super job for a first quilt project. Mine was a disaster done at somewhere around 30years old. I agree with you about the learn by doing technique. Those lessons really stick with you forever.

Michele said...

Fabulous quilt! And it's his first? That's amazing! Keep up the good work!

kate said...

Tell John he did an awesome job! The quilt looks great!!!

Hedgehog said...

Looks fabulous! Just wanted to stop by to say so - so he'd have a comment from Finland! Feel better soon!

Donna said...

Well of course I'm going to tell my movie-watching buddy how great his quilt is! John, you did a fabulous job on it! And I love those kind of quilts--very snuggly. Get well soon...and come see me. We'll watch a movie together down here. Love you!!

Mama Koch said...

Great job John!
My middle-son was about your age when he made a quilt too.

Plaids are a favorite at my house too.

Darcie said...

Like it?! It's fantabulous, John!!! All of that work and you weren't even feeling well? You're quite the guy!

Say...I have one that has been cut out for a long while too (your Mom and I must have been thinking the same things!)...if you'd like to sew another...I'd sure send it to you and you could do whatever you wanted with it. Have your Mom let me know, ok?!

Feel better soon, John! Give your Mom a great big hug from me! Oh...and hopefully she'll give you one back. ;-)

Love,
Mrs. Darcie

Peni said...

Well, John, that's very impressive! Keep it close and keep guzzling that juice!!! Love you so, Grandmother

Quinta da Quilter said...

Well done! Wish my boys were interested in mommy's love of quilts!
Again, congrats! from Portugal!

ForestJane said...

Super job! And great fabric selection too, all the plaids make a wonderful guy quilt. :)

Merrie Cuylter said...

Awesome! I need to get my 10 year old to try one of these.
Karen O
Western Washington

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

John's 1st quilt is GREAT!!! What isn't to love about a soft-snuggly quilt so expertly sewn? Feel better.
Cheers!
Evelyn