A Proud Mum!

I just had to share with you my nine year old daughter’s first quilting project!IMG_20150615_191606886She made this quilted pillow as an entry for the Student Textiles Competition which is part of the upcoming Tasmanian Craft & Quilt Fair being held next month.

The competition is open to all school aged students and can be any item as long as fabric is the main medium with at least three layers joined by stitching. This item could be a quilt or wall hanging, garment, bag, cushion or book cover, just to name a few.

I found a few different ideas for projects online and my daughter fell in love with this great free Nail Polish Quilt Pattern by It’s Sew Emma (for the Fat Quarter Shop).


We attended a few school holiday workshops at my favourite fabric shop Frangipani Fabrics where we were able to finish the main piecing.

There were a number of other young talented sewers at these workshops, some of whom had designed their own quilts!


(Please excuse my daughter and her non-compliance to “smile nicely”!!)

My daughter really amazed me during this process.  She made her own fabric choices and with some guidance, she was able to measure and cut the required pieces of fabric (with a rotary cutter which was a little nerve-racking for mum!). She then sewed all the pieces together by herself and even ironed the seams.

Then it was up to us at home to baste and quilt the finished top.


IMG_20150420_190301037I think the end result is fantastic and I am very proud of my girl!                           (cue eye roll…”oh mum!”)

She even chose the pretty orange floral fabric from the shop shelves for the back of the pillow.


We needed a bag for this pillow to be transported to the Craft and Quilt Fair. So I found some leftover calico to make a simple drawstring bag that can later be used for storage, laundry, etc.


I didn’t have quite enough calico so added some pretty scrap fabric strips down the sides.


All we need to do now is write our details on the label and be ready to transfer this item to a collection point in a few weeks time!

On another note, Week One of the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop has begun so I am busy visiting all of these amazingly talented people. Talk about inspiration overload!! You can check out introduction posts this week at blogs found here.

NOTE – This post is a special one dedicated to my daughter but I have another finished project to show you real soon!

Deb 🙂

11 thoughts on “A Proud Mum!

  1. Wow Deb, you’ve got every reason to feel proud of Nicola, she’s done very well indeed, also enjoy looking at your post, can’t always find a place to make a comment, but love looking at all your projects, you’ve really got talent. Love Heather XXOO


  2. That is just the very BEST! My daughter came to a charity sewing day years ago when she was about 12. I still have the photos (she would probably rip them up if she knew). She made a quilt there, and then she made a quilt for our cat (of course, animal lover to this day) and a teapot mat for her nana, and…that was about it. I hope your daughter continues quilting. If this project is any indication, she is well on her way–she sure has talent! Wow.


  3. Nanna is so impressed with your quilted pillow nicci(love your colours too!)all the best at the craft and quilt fair-in nanna’s eyes you are always a winner! love you beautiful girl from nanna xo


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