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quilting and cooking with family

Here’s what I have been doing the last couple of weeks…

My 13 year old niece came and spent 4 days with me and we had an absolute blast.   She IMG_4506was very comfortable sewing on my Bernina and even taught me a couple of things about using some of the special alphabet stitches that it has!  I think I might have to use it to start signing all my quilts now.

She wanted to make a quilt for her room and decided to do a mini version of my black and white Boxed In quilt (seen in this post) in her own colorful color palette.  She picked out her fabrics, we put Mistyfuse on the back of them and she went to work designing her quilt.  We originally planned for a 3 block by 3 block quilt but that much room to work got pretty overwhelming so we scaled back to a 2 block by 2 block quilt and she was off and sewing…

We took a break from sewing here and there during her visit to spend some time in the kitchen baking and cooking together.   If you’re a new reader to my blog you might not know that I actually trained to be a chef and have a degree in culinary arts.   My favorite place to be if I am not in the studio is in the kitchen.  So we cooked dinner together every night (grilled salmon with quinoa roasted corn salad, roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, chicken fajitas) and made a few yummy baked goods along the way too…

There were some homemade pretzels, pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting,  Challah bread, cookies and some other things that got eaten before photos could be taken!   We made homemade marshmallows using this recipe but instead of marshmallows you could eat with your hands we ended up with some very yummy marshmallow fluff you could eat with a spoon.  Suffice to say that I ate more than my fair share of calories during this visit!

We also squeezed in some bookmaking and a few other crafts and even with all of the extra crafting we did by the end of the visit she had finished her beautiful quilt!

It was a great week and it made me realize that how much I enjoy working with kids and that I would like to do more of it.  Of course I might be spoiled because my niece is such an incredible person but there is something special about working with a kid that is genuinely interested in learning to sew.

Now it’s time for me to get back to work in the studio!



6 thoughts on “quilting and cooking with family

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      • Beautiful quilt ! What fun for you together. Had to share that I’ve just been to Dubai to look after my 4 great nieces and spent a couple of days sewing with them on their granny’s old Elna sewing machine. Had great fun and they were very chuffed with the reversible tote bags they made. Hopefully a seed was sown!!! Regards Joy

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