Christa’s Soapbox – Teach Your Kids (and Friends) to Quilt!

This week my boys were out of town at scout camp, so it was just us girls! My daughter and I put the time to good use by starting on her summer quilt project. Last year she made her first quilt, and now she’s ready to make another.

Jenna's Jelly Roll StripsJenna selected Cosmo Cricket’s Chemistry Jelly Roll since pink is her favorite color.

We laid the strips out on her bed to come up with a simple yet striking quilt design. She cut each of the strips in half first and then began sewing them end to end to create long strips of fabric, sort of like a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt but with straight edges instead of mitered ones.

Jenna plans to applique her name and add hearts to the top. It’s going to be “sew” cute!

While we were sewing, my friend Marci decided to pop on by to join the fun. Her boys are also at camp and she needed help to make some modern quilt blocks for a swap she’s doing later this summer. Marci’s a more of a sewist than a quilter, but I’m converting her!Girl's Retreat!Marci is making fun wonky blocks in shades of grey using Kona Cotton Solids.  She cut randomly sized strips and sewed them together, using improvisational piecing wherever she needed to make the blocks big enough. They turned out great!

Kona Solids Neutral GreysModern Grey Blocks

Whew, all this blogging about what other people are doing makes me want to go work on my own projects now!

8 thoughts on “Christa’s Soapbox – Teach Your Kids (and Friends) to Quilt!

  1. Carol says:

    Oh that is so cool! I taught my niece to quilt last summer and we had such a great time. How nice that you can do this with your daughter. More power to you!

  2. Erin says:

    LOVE that you are passing on your talents to your daughter. Wonderful. Also loving Marci’s blocks. So simple yet soooo effective. What’s the plan for them?

    • Christa says:

      She’s going to swap them with some family members at a girl’s retreat then put a quilt together with all the blocks she gets. She’s having a hard time giving them up as you can imagine – they’d make a great modern quilt on their own!!

  3. Diane E Swett says:

    I love summer sewing sewing. I’m teaching my grand kids how to sew. Last summer I taught my granddaughter Zurl how to sew and make a blouse pattern from scratch and this summer my granddaughter Heather wanted to learn how to quilt.

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