Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lauren's Quilt

Lauren loves to take sewing classes in the summer with Ms. Karen. She has made some beautiful things, and she always makes new friends!
After completing the classes in June, Ms. Karen invited her to another class in July, and she suggested Lauren make a quilt. She was so excited! So, we purchased a book with beginning quilt patterns, Lauren picked out a design, and then we spent well over an hour choosing coordinating fabrics! It was so much fun!
She had to cut and iron all of her pieces and then pin them together in groups before the first day of class. She was so excited about it ~ she had it all ready within a couple of days of choosing her fabric!
I went to pick her up after the first day of class, and she had almost all of the pieces sewn together (in groups of six). She had also grouped the pieces into rows, planning out exactly how she wanted the quilt to look. I was amazed ~ she had only been there for three hours!
That evening she finished sewing a couple more groups and ironed all of the seams flat.
 The next day she sewed all of the groups into rows, cut her polka dots, and pinned them to her solid piece of fabric. It was really starting to look like a quilt!
She had everything ready to sew together on her last day of class.
The next day, she sewed everything together, and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful quilt toppers I have ever seen! I was so proud of her!
The following week, we met Mrs. Shirley, the sweet lady who was going to actually quilt it all together. Lauren picked out a quilting design and the fabric for the back of her quilt. We could hardly wait to see it all quilted together!
One week later, Mrs. Shirley delivered the quilt, and it was absolutely gorgeous!
Lauren had to hand sew all of the edges, and Mrs. Shirley showed her how to perfect the corners. She sewed a little at a time until it was all done!
We were leaving town on the day we picked it up, so she started sewing the edges in the car. 
 She has worked on it a little, here and there, but yesterday she spent quite a bit of time working on it.
 Today, she worked on it some more, and she finished it!!
It looks gorgeous on her bed! We are going to paint her room and do a little redecorating!
Lauren ~ I think you are absolutely amazing!

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