Thursday, January 22, 2015

she's got Skills

I'm happy you are so excited to sew clamshells!  Sounds like we'll have quite a group and lots of project variety, which is always fun.  I have scheduled several planning and technique posts for next week, so we can move things along.  We'll start cutting/sewing in February.  Hoorah!

 Aria's quilt for Eleni

Guess what I have to show off today?  It's a quilt made by miss Aria for our new little miss!

Aria's quilt for Eleni

Aria was inspired by the Stripy Quilt project in We Love to Sew.  She chose these 4 prints from my stash and was delighted with how quickly the quilt top sewed up.

Now, Aria's made quilts before, but she had not actually machine quilted them.  One she hand tied, one she hand quilted and another I think I quilted for her.  She's always sewn right sides together the quilt top with the backing, flipped it rightside out and finished with an edgestitch, not binding.  And those were actually the kid-friendly directions in the book... but this girl was energized and eager for the full monty quilt experience.

Aria's quilt for Eleni

Check out Aria quilting like a boss.  She has her form nailed!  And kitty Susan looks on so sweetly.  (Oh, Susan, the best of pets; the strangest of cats.)

Aria's quilt for Eleni

She quilted organic straight lines and super close together.  Isn't that texture amazing?  I am so proud of her endurance on this project.  She did complete it over a few months, but she never expressed regret over choosing dense quilting.  We like to talk about how durable this quilt will be and how we can let Eleni take it anywhere!

Aria's quilt for Eleni

After quilting, I taught her how to trim the edges, cut binding strips, connect and prepare binding strips and even how to attach to the quilt with zigzag binding.  She did it all. by. herself.  This 10-year-old has skills.

Aria's quilt for Eleni

So congratulations, Aria!  This is YOUR quilt.  And, this is also Eleni's quilt.  It is a family treasure, that's for sure.

Aria's quilt for Eleni


51 comments:

  1. How adorable and a beautiful quilt! It will be treasured!

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  2. Looks like Miss Aria has got quite a handle on sewing. Just seeing those pics, I am inspired to do more top quilting on the home sewing machine! Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. Yay Aria!! I love the dense quilting!

    Are those rainbow droplets in the window?

    I found another lovely clamshell quilt http://www.pinterest.com/pin/248401735673650896/
    Now I to decide which color/style to do...

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    1. Yes, those raindrops were decorations at my shower. I had to take them home!

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  4. Oh my goodness, you must be so proud of her. I can only hope my first completed quilt looks that good.

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  5. That is so amazing and awesome and wonderful! Holy cow, she really did go for the full experience - I bet the texture of the quilt is amazing from her quilting. What a lot of love she put into this for her sister. :) <3

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! And when you say "her sister" it's a wild new reality still. Wow, I'm so excited that she'll have a sister =)

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  6. This is so great! What a lovely gift!

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  7. That's amazing. You must be so proud...

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  8. Wow, what a lovely quilt -- really something to be proud of. The quilting is wonderful!

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  9. Congratulations, Aria, on such a beautiful finish! Your baby sister is sure to love and treasure your gift.

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  10. What a talented little lady Aria is. Love the fabrics she chose and that quilting is just amazing. Way to go Aria, you're a star !!!

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  11. What a great big sister she will be.

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  12. Yes, Aria did a great job--from the fabric selection to the quilting. So glad she is learning how to sew and seems to enjoy it. And you'll have someone to go fabric shopping with. A very talented miss, that's for sure.

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  13. Oh--And I love, love Susan--the cat.

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  14. Congratulations Aria ! What a beautiful quilt you made and I am sure your little sister will love it.
    Rachel, you got every reason to be proud of your first daughter !

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  15. What a clever and blessed girl to be gaining such skills. And what a blessed little sister to have such a wonderful big sister!

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  16. What a beautiful way to celebrate a new arrival:))

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  17. Beautiful quilt made by a beautiful girl. You should both be proud. Very proud.

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  18. What a beautiful, amazing girl, your Aria! I love her wonderful quilt and so will Eleni!

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  19. All I can saw is WOW! That is a fabulous quilt. And I'm going to honestly try that over the shoulder quilting technique. I never even thought of that. Love it! Pass on my admiration to her!

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  20. Wow, what an incredibly special family treasure! And I wish I had Aria's patience for that dense straight line quilting!

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    1. I wish I had that kind of patience too! One thing in her favor is she doesn't take in all the inspiration online. I think it gives her a peaceful focus and enjoyment for what she's making now. Oh the "problems" of too much inspiration. It is a blessing and yet something to keep in balance!

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  21. How fun it must be to sew with your sweet girl! She did a beautiful job on this and I can only imagine how proud she will be with she see's Eleni using it :o) By the way...can you phonetically spell Eleni for me? I have no idea how to pronounce her sweet name.

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    1. Yes, the name has been tricky! It is a common Greek name (though we're not Greek) and we are using the usual spelling. We say it, Elle-in-y. Thanks for asking!

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  22. What a beautiful, fun time for you all! And such a sweet welcome to wee Eleni! Well done Aria, congrats on a super finish!!

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  23. What a lovely quilt she is going to be a talented quilter like her Mommie. .

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  24. Rosemary B here
    Girls rule!
    Ten is the best age. She will be a great sister, I know it.
    She made a beautiful quilt. Well done.

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  25. Rosemary again,
    I like Eleni's name. It derives from Helen?
    My momma's name is Leni, (pronounced: lay-nee) here in US they say Lena, but she is Leni Magdalena. My parents are from Hollad, brought us here when I was 9.
    So, do you pronounce her name Eh-lay-nee or Ele-nee?
    So, I really love your new baby girls name

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  26. What a fantastic job she did making such a beautiful quilt! Way to go kiddo!

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  27. Wow, it's so awesome, love the quilting.

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  28. What a beautiful heartfelt gift - a lifetime of memories to come in that quilt. I love the pic of her infectious smile on her quilt, so cute!

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  29. That quilt is beautiful and awesome. Your daughter did an amazing job! I wish I had a quilt like that! It will be a gorgeous family heirloom.

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  30. Wow! What a precious, precious gift!

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  31. Thats really good!! Well done
    Lx
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  32. Your quilt is beautiful, Aria! Your sister is going to love it!!!

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  33. Wow, Aria- you're amazing! Your sister is going to love that quilt for all her childhood. Who knows, maybe she will even give it to her child, it could become part of your family history! Eleni is so lucky to have such a great big sister.

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  34. It's beautiful Aria! I love when children chose to learn to sew ~ boys and girls!
    Your little sister will treasure the quilt made by you!

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  35. What a fantastic achievement.
    Love the quilt.

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  36. Rachel, I very rarely reply on blog posts (last time may have been in 2003;-), but I can't help but write this: Aria -- this is just wonderful. I'm not talking about the finished product, which is beautiful, but all the hard work you put into it. It's easy enough to dream of how you might want to piece a quilt top, harder to get started, and then harder yet to spend days, weeks, and months to actually finish it. Trust me, there are a lot of folks out there who've started projects, only to abandon them midway (often for good reason), but those who actually keep at it and bring that initial dream into existence, are precious few, despite what you see online. And in my experience, it's the creations that demanded the most from me that I loved the most because of all the sweat and thought -- and joy! -- that went into them, and all the skills that I learned because of them. So congratulations on all that hard work and on building your sewing and organizational skills; I'm really thrilled for you and all that you've gained, and lucky lucky lucky Eleni to be the recipient of such a work of art! I hope you feel really proud of your accomplishment...

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    1. On Aria's behalf, thanks so much, Cricket. She will be reading these comments tonight, though I'm going to ask her to refrain from adding a thank-you comment to each and every one! I know she will feel that thankful! Aria actually has a special gift for encouragement, and she says sweet things to me quite often. It is really heart warming to hear you all encouraging her. Thanks to ALL OF YOU for these kind words.

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  37. Wonderful quilt, lovely fabrics... congratulations, Aria!! :) This is great present for little sister :)

    Have a great time
    Jolana

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  38. oh my! that is so very special...sweet....precious.

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  39. Congratulations Aria!! Your quilt is beautiful. What an amazing big sister Eleni has!

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  40. My kids are so impressed (and so am I!). Way to go, Aria!

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  41. That is just fantastic and she did a super job. I'm sure you are one proud mama.

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  42. How beautiful, you must be very proud of her. She's very talented.

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  43. What a little super star! I bet she is so proud of herself :)

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  44. What a GREAT job she did! So glad she stuck it all the way through as well! She will probably end up just as talented as her mama... as she is already on her way!

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  45. Love the quilt and Aria did do an awesome job. When my daughter was 10 she was into every sport possible and I never found time to sew and never got around to teacher her. Wish she'd want to learn now as an adult. Oh well. Thats the way it goes.

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