A few months ago Sarah Goer and I were discussing our kids' current sewing projects (we each have two eager littles who love working with us in our respective studios), and mentioned how we were certain to see them at their machines even more once school let out. I mulled over our conversation a bit, later proposing a project to her that they could all collaborate on, and then *poof* the Kids Quilt Round Robin was born!
This summer we have nine children from across the US who'll be working on quilt projects for each other. Beginning in May, kids will sew the first block (or row) for their quilt and then ship it off. In June, July & August they'll receive someone else's set of blocks and add a section to it with their own take on the requested palette or theme. Then in September, each child will receive their original block back, along with three others from their team, and will assemble their quilt. It'll be neat to see what they sew!
We're excited for the kids' creativity to shine in their work, and to see how they all interpret the ideas of their KQRR team mates. Sarah & I will post periodically with updates as the kids share pictures of their sewing (my girls are posting on Instagram @berrybarnkids if you'd like to follow along in real time!) and you can find everyone's updates tagged with #kidsquiltroundrobin. In November, we'll host a hop to showcase the finished quilts from all the kids. We look forward to sharing about the Kids Quilt Round Robin with you!
P.S. Do your kids quilt? Looking for a summer stitching project? Sew along with us! We're making a finished 40" square quilt with 4 blocks or rows. Tag us in a progress shot if your littles are sewing along at home!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about the teacher gifts I'm working on this spring. I'm sewing two very simple HST throw quilts for two very wonderful instructors, and this morning I spent some time in my younger daughter's class having the kids sign their quilt labels.
The good idea fairy thought a pieced block that mirrors the front design would be fun, and for antsy 6 year olds, distributing it as separate pieces meant not having to wait or crowd around to sign a single piece of fabric... this was good for the latter intent, but left me with a lot more piecing to do to finish the quilt back! Next week when I visit the older kids' class, I think they'll just have to sign one big fabric piece patiently ; )
P.S. Are you sewing any teacher gifts this year? Admittedly the throw quilts are a bit ambitious... I usually whip up an Open Wide Zipper Pouch if you're in need of a fast finish idea : )
Many may know Linette from the #honestcraftroomies Periscope hops & our amazing quilting community. We're working on a big quilt "hug" for her, and we'd love your help! For more information about the project, please read here. To participate & create a block for the quilt, follow directions below...
A friend invited me to an Eat, Drink, Stitch event in Lawrence KS and we had a blast! An evening of stitching with a side of good food & great company - my mom even joined us, since she was in town visiting : ) I made the adorable little unicorn above, which is a perfect gift for one of my daughters. (We're hosting a unicorn/donut themed birthday party for the girls this year, so... yeah, unicorn explosion over here!) I don't think embroidery will ever inspire me quite as much as quilting does, but I find it's the perfect hand project for bringing along to the playground!
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