A few weeks ago, Roman’s friend’s Dad died. She is a friend from his kinder class and everyone in the kinder community was shocked and upset. We all wanted to help in some way but had no idea what we could do. What would a family who has just lost their father/husband need?! We’ve organised a dinner roster for the next couple of months, but when I was talking to some friends about how to help, one said ‘When bad stuff happens to people, I make them a quilt’ (thanks MsMidge). The idea floated around in my head all day and then kept me up all night. In the morning I had a plan!
I spoke to the kinder teacher and we both thought it would be lovely to get all the kids in the class involved in making a quilt for the girl. Roman said her favourite colours were pink, yellow, orange and red. For someone who doesn’t call themselves a quilter, I was able to use fabrics from my stash for all of the quilt except the binding. I cut out all the squares over the weekend and laid them out until I found an arrangement I was happy with. I glue basted the squares into pairs and then got a machine all ready for class.
To get the kids involved and have a bit of fun, I took a vintage Singer hand crank machine in with me. Instead of a motor, it has a handle that you wind to turn the needle. The kids had a blast! They were so well behaved and made a nice little queue, taking it in turns to turn the handle. The boys especially loved it because they were allowed to go as fast as they could. I did the steering of the fabric, making sure the kids were well away from the needle. It was a great introduction to sewing for the kids and I had a lot of fun too! In the few hours I was there the kids managed to piece all the squares into strips. When I got home, I put the strips together and finished off the top.
All the kids were very excited to see the finished quilt and shouted excitedly ‘we made that?!’ So cute! The quilt will be wrapped up and given to the girl by her Mum. I didn’t want to make a big presentation of it and upset her or something. I embroidered a little message into one of the squares ‘Made with love by all your kinder friends 2015’.
For the quilting, I chose a cross hatch pattern, but offset it so that the pattern makes a diamond inside each square, rather than a cross. I love the effect! It is quilted in a lovely pink Aurifil 40wt.
I am so in love with this binding. I think all my future quilts might have bias gingham binding on them! This is my third quilt and my first time putting binding on totally by machine. I was going to finish it by hand, but decided that would take too long, so finished it on the machine. It’s neater than I was expecting.
The idea of her being able to wrap herself up in love from all her kinder friends makes me smile. Have you ever made a quilt for a friend in need?