Our Third Retreater

Yesterday I told you that Connie came to visit and sew with me over the weekend.  I teased you and said we had another retreater join us on Saturday….

We did.  It was my neighbor girl.  She came over to see what was happening at my house.  Before long she was hanging out in the quilting room with us and next I knew, Connie and I were teaching her to sew!  Here she is on our $1 sewing machine.

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Thankfully a blog reader had sent a bunch of scraps and in that scrap box were a bunch of charm squares.  I pulled them out and let her look at them.

We showed her how to put the right sides together.  We showed her how the machine works.  We showed her how to line things up with the side of the machine foot.  In a short time, she had this….Connie17

It’s far from perfect.  The seam allowances vary.  The effort she put into was really good though.  I will have to keep working with her on the seam allowance.

Connie and I made a huge show of how hard she was working.  We explained to her when sewing with others that you have to lay things out and see how everyone likes it.  Ruby of course joined in.  Can you tell that these two are friends?

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Here she is showing off her finished project to Connie.

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She was so happy and so proud of herself.   Immediately she was wanting to sew another project….I think we’ve created a monster.  I can’t thank the blog reader enough who sent the charm squares…they were here at the perfect time and were put to the perfect use.  What better cause is there than teaching a young girl to sew!

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18 thoughts on “Our Third Retreater

  1. Nell

    YAHOO! Another scrap addict in the making! What an awesome gift you are giving her, your time and talent in teaching her a skill she can enjoy and use for her WHOLE life.

  2. norma

    Love it, Jo! Unfortunately I think my patience has disappeared with age. So glad you could do this.

  3. Sandy

    What a great story. You and Connie are both so kind to start your sweet neighbour girl on her quilting journey. Your encouragement and praise must have meant a lot to her.

  4. Robby

    Every time I read about your neighbor girl, I think about how lucky she is to have more adults in her life that care about her. Not that her family isn’t doing it right, but kids come to realize that family sorta has to care about them, but when big people make time for them it tells them they are valuable to the world. And she’s going to make a fine quilter, too.

  5. Penny

    What a wonderful story to read! I’m so impressed w/ your many many obligations that you make time to befriend a little neighbor girl & even teach her sewing/quilting during your fun time! I appreciate too that at this time you reported some happy news to read about rather the negativity that is going on in our world at this time and and I thank you.

  6. Penny

    What a wonderful story to read! I’m so impressed w/ your many many obligations that you make time to befriend a little neighbor girl & even teach her sewing/quilting during your fun time! I appreciate too that you reported some happy news rather than reading about all the negativity that is going on in our world at this time and and I thank so much you.

  7. Peggy

    Loved to hear about the little neighbor girl learning to piece. But doesn’t she have a name? LOL Even if it’s not her real name… It’s so good of you to take her under your wing and teach her things.

  8. Elaine M

    Wonderful! Thank you for giving this young girl your time and heart. It must be a great boost to her self esteem and a feeling of accomplishment. Love that you two have become friends.

  9. Debra Hageman

    How awesome that the neighbor girl has you and your family for friends. She will always remember these times. They will be good times for sure.

  10. Donna T

    I want to be your neighbor! This little girl is so fortunate to have you as a neighbor! She is learning so much and obviously needs your guidance!

  11. Bridget

    I will never forget the adult who taught me to quilt (I was 7yo) and I have sent up many a prayer of thankfulness that God presented her in my life! Of course my first quilt was made with blends, polies, and other 60s fabric but I treasure it as a remembrance of her! and yes I still have it and it has been almost 50 years ago!!

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