The past couple days my granddaughter and I have been back to being sewing buddies. I call her my Jelly Bean. One day I said that old cliche, “You know what I mean jelly bean?” and she asked, “Are you calling me Jelly Bean?” All I could say was I suppose so and it has stuck ever since. Sweet as she can be so it fits.
Jelly Bean has been reading a book for school, The Name Quilt by Phyllis Root. It has inspired her to want to do more quilting with me. So I picked four fabrics from my huge stash and laid them out to see if she liked them and she did. Generally I let her pick, but, for the sake of time I did it this time. She wanted to make squares so we picked something easy and I cut 6″ strips of the four fabrics and she sewed them together in coordinating pairs. I do the cutting and ironing, she does the sewing. The first afternoon she sewed the first half of the strips together, this afternoon she sewed the other half. I began cutting them 6″ wide to have a two square rectangular unit. I did enough for about 6 four square units. Then I showed her several ways that she could lay them out and she picked a pattern that she liked.
Tomorrow I’ll cut the rest and she will sew pairs together until she gets tired. Her attention span is sometimes limited with her ADHD and she may sew for a couple hours or just half and hour, depends. Sometimes she just wants to take a break and a bit later she’ll come back ready to do a little more. As this project goes together faster than the smaller pieces that she’s worked with before she will get more excited about completing it. I told her that this one would be big enough for her bed. She hadn’t thought about making this one for herself but she liked that idea.
Jelly Bean is using my Singer knee pedal, Suzy Q, and she’s liking it a lot. Her little Janome is sitting to the side where I don’t have enough light at the moment. Inadequate electrical outlets in the sewing room with limited space. But Suzy Q sits next to my Brother and I’ve been working on a crazy denim quilt. So it’s been Grandma Peachy and Jelly Bean working on our quilts the last couple days. It feels good to get back into the swing of being sewing buddies again. I love this time with my granddaughter. Grandma Peachy and Jelly Bean are quilting again!