Sunday, January 11, 2009

A New Year's Resolution

I would like to encourage everyone to make a resolution to share the passion and excitement you feel about quilting with a youngster or a beginning quilter. Those of us who want the quilting industry to flourish can make a difference by taking a "newbie" under our wing and teach them how to make a quilt!

You can start with a very simple design, and just use scraps from your stash. It might be fun for your student to go with you to your LQS to pick out the background and border colors.

Here is a simple lap size quilt (40" x 48") that I made recently, entirely out of scraps. It is fun, colorful, and quick to make.

Simply cut forty, 4 1/2" squares and one hundred sixty, 2 1/2" squares. The smaller squares are pieced into four-patch blocks, and alternated with the larger squares. I bordered the quilt with strips that finished to 1" and 3" wide, respectively.

If you are working with a child, it might be easier to tie the quilt rather than quilt it. Kids like to see fast results!

If you have any specific questions or would like to see other ideas for simple quilts that kids (or beginning beginners) can make, feel free to e-mail me at

Please share photos of the quilts (and their proud makers) with me, and I'll post them here, if you wish.

Happy New Year!

~Kristi Parker

Chicken Soup Designs

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