Daughter-in-law is an inner city high school math teacher in Manhattan, teaching high risk children. As a class project, she had them design and sew quilt blocks using some sort of high falluting formula that I would need a pencil and paper to follow. I'd given her a ton of my scraps some months ago to get started. The kids designed their own blocks, selected their own fabric and stitched them together. She had them chalk in the seam allowance to make it easier for them to end up with twelve inch (finished) blocks.
The first day or so she was here, she presented me with their treasures:
Every quilter out there knows what I was feeling - like a racehorse in the starting gate. And I was tickled to death to have an excuse to get into my sewing room even though I had company. It is my mental health therapy, afterall!
Like most new quilters, particularly since they didn't have rulers to square up their masterpieces, there was a variety of sizes.
This MAY be my favorite one (although I really couldn't choose):
So I started out by squaring them up.
You can see the difference between before and after squaring up:
And here it is after squaring up:
Here they all are on the design wall, squared up.
About that time, we took a break to go out to eat and visit the Oklahoma History Center. I love the blue Oklahoma sky.
This was an exhibit at the museum:
When we got back home, I went back to the babies and put sashing on them.
Then I added sashing to the outside to give more stabilization.
I had to face the fact that even with the sashing to stabilize it, the quilt was not going to hold together for long because of some of the loose stitching in the seams. No problem, I just used some fusible web and muslin on the seams to keep them from pulling loose (when I first started, I did this a lot with my own blocks).
At this point, I didn't want to give it back. I just wanted to keep it for myself!
In keeping with the scraps theme, I dug through my old solid muslin and pieced together a backing.
I hope the kids don't mind that the girls came in to help.
Penny, Evelyn and Pearl