Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ July

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

July was the second month for my kid’s Not Your Mama’s Bee. If you happened to miss June’s post, a group of friends have put together a quilting bee for our kids! We have ages 5 to 9, boys and girls. And I think the parents are learning as much as the kids.

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This month happened to be my daughter’s month to request blocks. Recently we have been talking about giving her bedroom a little makeover. I decorated it back when she was 2, and although I think it still works great for an 8 year old, she is ready for a change. I can’t really argue too much with her, as I change things here and there all the time.

She really likes the idea of a navy, pink, turquoise and gold room, so she requested Star Quilt Blocks of any size in those colors. She made a wonky star herself, and my 6 year old son made a sawtooth star. Not sure I’d recommend making flying geese with a 6 year old again, but we survived! 🙂

The kids are doing great with the sewing machines. I have my daughter using my BERNINA 440QE and she can now pretty much sew independently on it. My son is sewing with my help on my BERNINA Ambassador machine (the 750QE). He loves to push the thread cutting button when we are done stitching. This month I started letting him push the foot pedal, but I still help guide his hands as he guides the fabric. To say he’s accident prone would be an understatement! Much to their dismay, I am still keeping the speed turned way down on both machines.

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So far she’s received 9 of her blocks. Above you’ll see the 6 we had back when we took the photos. She is talking about doing a random layout with blocks of solids/prints mixed in. (Similar to my Starfall Quilt).

And now we are already into August, and ready to sew a new block for a new friend!



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    August 11, 2015

    Very sweet!

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    August 11, 2015

    Bravo! Their stars are fab! Please pass along our applause.

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    August 11, 2015

    Well done!! Your children did a wonderful job!! You must be a very proud mother of such talented children!

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    August 11, 2015

    What a lovely palette of colours. This is going to make a very beautiful quilt. And what a wonderful memory for summer 2015. But just be warned though. I have an enthusiastic 12 year son who loves sewing but hasn’t quite learned to check with me before raiding my stash. And then of course when I come to tick him off his creations are so lovely I can’t quite bring myself to do it.

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      August 11, 2015

      Oh yes, I’ve already busted my son up in my sewing room, fabric and scissors in hand!

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    August 11, 2015

    What a great project! She will treasure that special quilt forever. It is fun to see all the different ideas each child comes up with for their block, too. And yes, I can identify with children raiding my craft room, leaving a bit of a mess, and making such a masterpiece that I can’t be but so mad! You are making great memories together!

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    August 11, 2015

    This is such a great idea. I’m happy the boys are sewing, too. What a great way to keep the kids interested knowing they will each have a turn to name their block!! Worked with a 14 year old this summer and we never got off very slow speed. So grateful for that option!

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    Michelle Hart

    August 11, 2015

    I absolutely love that idea! I started sewing at a young age and received a lot of help and encouragement from my family. Your kiddos are lucky they get to learn such a great skill too!

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    August 11, 2015

    this looks like so much fun! I took a sewing class when I was a kid… probably around 5th grade and I’ve loved it ever since! The rag quilt I made with my aunt when I was 12 still lives on my couch today!

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    August 11, 2015

    I love to see kids learning to sew and building on those skills! My grandmother started teaching me when I was 6. I love your daughter’s choice in color palette!

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    August 11, 2015

    Great job.Love them all!!

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    August 11, 2015

    Such a pretty color scheme, your daughter has good taste!

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    August 11, 2015

    Very cute blocks…….but much cuter kids! I have to agree with your son, I love pushing the cutter button too! LOL!

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    Peggy P

    August 11, 2015

    The blocks look great! Way to go all you kiddos out there! So cool that your kids are getting into sewing!

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    Susan Jonsson

    August 11, 2015

    I am a children’s art teacher….and for years have challenged my students with very intricate projects. Having said that….I am amazed how skillful your children are with a sewing machine…Who knew! I taught myself to sew as an adult….and now wish I’d had the opportunity that your children have! Would you please praise their efforts from me….I am really, really impressed! Hat’s off to you for being a superb teacher!

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    August 11, 2015

    Great job, you two! I really like the shapes of both your stars. And I see some fussy cutting going on, too! You’re really lucky to have such an amazing quilter for a mom! She’s teaching you what she knows AND she’s letting you use her sewing machines! I can tell she’s really proud of both of you and how hard you worked on your blocks!

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    la tulipe

    August 12, 2015

    Great!! So nice to sew with your children and to share with others! Nice for the motjers and the children and the blocks are very nice!!

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      la tulipe

      August 12, 2015

      sorry mothers and not motjers!! 🙂

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    Julie N

    August 12, 2015

    Such a great idea! My 7 yr old grandson wants to sew. I’m thinking we’re ready to start. He’d like to paint with me too! Where’s all the time I would need for this????? So much fun!

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    Diane Beavers

    August 12, 2015

    Faith, I love the fact the “quilting and sewing” art is continuing and you are truly paying it forward to your children and others.
    They all did a superb job on their stars.

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    August 12, 2015

    This is such a great activity and experience for the kids!

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    August 12, 2015

    You must have PATIENCE! Looks like talent runs in the family. Both blocks are sooooooo nice.

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    Lana Russel

    August 12, 2015

    Love that you are getting young people interested!

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    Sweet Pea

    August 12, 2015

    What a lovely idea…I’m off to check out the June post.


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