The little girl next door, Ella, has been begging me to "make quilts" with her. Unfortunately, I had to put it off some because of my Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. But now I'm feeling lots better and we finally were able to start last week. Because she's young, I think headed into 1st or 2nd grade next year, I really wanted to think of something relatively quick and easy that she could help with. Ella is the type of girl who would get bored very quickly if she had to just sit and watch me make a quilt.
Then I remembered my fantastic Accuquilt GO! Cutter. How I could've forgotten I'll never know, lol! Anyhow, I decided to use the rag block die since that would eliminate any need for real quilting later. The first day Ella came over I let her sort through all of my Juvenile Print tubs to pick out fabric she liked. She needed to pick 54 fabrics so that ended up taking a couple days. Then we started cutting. She picked the one to cut, I lined it up on the die, and she turned the handle to operate the machine. It worked wonderfully and she seemed to really like it.
All the blocks have been cut now and I'm beginning to sew the cross hatches on each one. Ella is scheduled to come over again on Thursday and we'll begin sewing the blocks together. She is so excited! I love this project for a wide variety of reasons. For one thing, I think it's great that she is enjoying spending time with me and still showing an interest in quilting. Also, because of the GO! Cutter, she has been able to be very hands on with the cutting aspect of the project. That wouldn't have been possible with a rotary cutter. And finally, because of the rag block the quilt is moving a long very quickly. I'd imagine we'll have a finished quilt within a few times of her coming over to sew. That is great!!
I'll keep you all posted on the progress and will get pictures posted as soon as I can! Have a great day!