I’m enjoying my day off today. Carver came over for a visit so Kalissa could run Gannon back to the doctor for a check. I thought I would do a little video and show you how I quilt with him around. Here is a Youtube link in case you have trouble seeing the video in the post.
Rosie got into the fun and it turned out more silly than informative…but I thought the video might brighten your day.
Some tips are:
1-Give kids tools similar to yours.
2-Talk about rules and remind kids of them frequently.
3-Have your supplies close and as prepared as possible.
4-Make it fun for the kids.
5-Don’t expect to accomplish a lot on your own project.
I’m sure a few of you are panicking seeing Carver with the big scissor.
He’s been doing this for a long time. We talk about scissor safety all the time. This is closer to the 25th time that we have done this so I know his abilities. The small kids scissors I have here are not able to cut fabric. The small adult scissors I have here are all pointed ended. For what I have here, this is the best option.
He is cutting on the scraps that are so small that I won’t use them. We were cutting up 100% cotton men’s shirts so there are a larger amount of trim scraps. Carver loves cutting and measuring them.
We did this on my kitchen island area. Both of us have plenty space which is important. I can keep the rotary cutter away from him. He’s not going to poke me with the scissors.
It’s really hard to keep count on how many pieces I’ve cut when he’s “helping”. I put them in stacks of 10. Then lay them out and stack them into piles of 100 when I get that far.
The video is very typical of my “twilting” time with Carver. We talk and chat more than I accomplish anything…but it’s a great bonding time. With all of the toys in my house, Carver will often pick quilting as something he’d rather do than play toys. Part of that is because I’ve always encouraged him to hang out with me. I don’t assume quilting is something only for girls…only for adults or teenagers. I make it clear that there is a space for everyone, even 3 year old little boys in the quilting world.
I often get asked “how did you get your family members to quilt and sew”….the answer will always be…INCLUDE THEM!!
Carver left…my quilt is cut out so I’m off to accomplish something else. I am so enjoying these two days off.