With the start of the year I started the new project of teaching my 4 1/2 year old son to quilt. This week we had a chance to get started with the piecing.
At this point I'm still working the pedal for him (very slowly) while he guides the fabric. (Yay for the 1/4" foot!) He's learned all about the parts of the machine (presser foot, feed dogs, etc.) and the basics for how to sew (putting up/down the pressure foot, changing the foot on the machine, how to put the bobbin in). He's especially focused on using a light touch to hold onto the fabric while he guides it. Now he says, "check how easy it is to pick up my hand, mom." And when he gets too firm of a grip then I shake his hand and remind him to have spaghetti fingers. ;-) He's become a chain piecing machine and likes the "mountains of fabric" it makes behind the machine.
We're working toward piecing each row. So far he's pieced the 3rd to 4th and 5th to 6th piece in each row. To stay organized, as he's pieced each batch he's laid them out on the floor to compare to his planned pattern. He likes all the tools, so he's been excited to use the wonder clips and pinmoors to keep his fabric organized and labeled.
This week I hope we get to finish piecing the rows together and I can teach him to press the seams. I'll show you my progress on the other one-block quilt from my part 1 post next week.
Continue following how we're doing in Part 3.