Back to School and August Bee Blocks

Fresh Lemons Quilts

The kids are officially back in school. I promise my blog isn’t going to turn into only pictures of my children, but we did stitch up our August Not Your Mama’s Bee quilt blocks in the days before going back. The last two months, I’ve found it a bit challenging to help both kids make their blocks at the same time. I still do the ironing and rotary cutting…and my son needs a bit of help with the machine. So this time we worked on two different days.

This month we made blocks for Angela’s daughter. She requested simple blocks of 16 squares, cut 4″ x 4″, and featuring Heather Ross prints and other fabrics that were pink, blue, yellow and purple.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned before that my daughter is getting pretty self sufficient on my BERNINA 440QE. You can see her set up in the above photo. The only thing she needs is a couple books under the foot pedal! We did our sewing on a Saturday morning, and it was pretty wonderful. I sewed next to her, finishing up my Picnic Point quilt top. She made her block. I think this was the first time we sewed side-by-side like this. It was such a great memory.

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My son had fun picking fabrics (as usual) but was less interested when it came to waiting for mommy to cut the fabrics and iron the seams. 🙂

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I learned this month that sewing a long straight seam is harder for beginners than several short seams. It was a lesson in patience (and seam ripping) when we tried to have a consistent seam allowance the entire way down the block.

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We also ditched him sitting in my lap, and I had him stand at the machine and push the foot pedal while I stood behind him and helped guide his hands. Still getting the hang of it!

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m now enjoying a bit of quiet while they are gone for the day…and my mind is full of ideas as to how to spend the next nine months until another summer vacation!



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    August 19, 2015

    Nice job and I bet you had fun

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    August 19, 2015

    Great to see kids enjoying sewing. I always want to go home and sew after reading your posts.

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    August 19, 2015

    That’s it! Train them early to be assistants. So cute.

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    August 19, 2015

    Love seeing your kids! They are very fortunate to have such a creative and patient mother!!

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    Anne Beier

    August 19, 2015

    Love it!! Your daughter sews barefoot like me.

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    August 19, 2015

    At the Sister’s Quilting Affair in Oregon this summer, we heard a talk by a chiropractor who suggested that pushing down and away with the ball and toes of your foot isn’t the best motion. He suggested putting the pedal into something like a box where you could use more of a stamping motion (straight down but not with the force of stamping). It’ s just about impossible for us to do that unless our chair is very high. But I thought of it when I saw your daughter’s pile of books under the pedal. FWIW….

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      August 19, 2015

      Very interesting!

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    August 19, 2015

    What a wonderful mommy, They did such a nice job on their quilts. I know you must be very proud of them. Good Job!

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    August 19, 2015

    Thanks for the tips for putting books on the pedals or standing at the machine. I’m getting closer and closer to letting my daughter use the sewing machine, but she won’t be tall enough to sew the same way I do.

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    August 19, 2015

    These are the days you will remember. You are such a great Mom!!

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    Kathleen Dalecio

    August 19, 2015

    What wonderful experiences you’ve had sewing with your children!

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    Di Ross

    August 19, 2015

    I’m a grandmother love seeing photos of your children sewing . One of my grandsons always shows an interest in what I’m sewing , knitting etc. his other grandma is a beautiful quilter so I’m thinking we will get him started soon.

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    August 20, 2015

    Beautiful, sweet post! x Teje

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    August 20, 2015

    I found that when I teach beginners if I draw a seam line on the fabric it is easier for them to follow and they feel successful. Helps me too.

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      August 20, 2015

      Great tip! I’m going to do that for them next time!

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        August 20, 2015

        I’ll have to remember that tip the next time I’m working with a newbie (especially a grandchild). Thank you.

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    August 20, 2015

    It will be a great memory for them too Faith. How great that you can share your passion and get them involved.

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    Alice in WV

    August 20, 2015

    Kids are such fast learners. Before long they’ll be planning their next quilts!

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    August 20, 2015

    Caitlyn is going to love these blocks!!! I’m so happy that we are all doing this. I love seeing all of our kids sew, but more importantly, sew for other people. I love that they are learning a craft/art and learning a lesson in giving at the same time.

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    August 20, 2015

    Faith, looks like you’re going to need 3 machines in the near future. 🙂 Congrats to all you moms for such a terrific project for your kiddos!

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    Jean kester

    August 22, 2015

    Love seeing your children work on quilts. Mine know how to sew on buttons, mend holes and read patterns, such lost talents anymore!

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    August 22, 2015

    This is such a lovely time with Mum they will never forget, still remember my Mum teaching me knitting at 8 years old, awwwww!

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    tisha @ quiltytherapy

    August 26, 2015

    I think it’s great seeing your kids sew with you. What wonderful memories.

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    Teresa Kasch

    August 31, 2015

    So LOVE seeing your children get involved in the quilting fun!!! Perfect!


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