Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Teaching My Boy to Cut Fabric

Three nights ago, my youngest son and I finally began working on his quilt. (I'm making him the Varsity quilt from Jaybird Quilts) As he is a great participant in the kitchen, I figured he could learn how to cut fabric for his own quilt.  

It wasn't half as trying as I thought it might be - or take as long.  

 A success overall:  No cuts (a 14 year old with a rotary cutter makes me nervous) and now he knows how to place fabric on a cutting mat, line up a ruler and correctly place his hands.  Well, at least I hope so.  

 Two nights of cutting produced this: 

He doesn't know that I began sewing yesterday and have all of the large pieces sewn together.  

Next up is ironing, and sewing the "V"'s together into the seven rows for his quilt.  Will I teach him how to iron?  Maybe when he's 15. 

I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  She's off to Sewing Summit in Utah - happy for all of you lucky gals (like Debbie!) whom are going. 

Off to school for me!


  1. GREAT! I am going to show this to my Young Man and see what he says. He claims to need another quilt this year!

  2. Awesome! I think it is great to teach young men to use as many skills, homemaking, crafting and otherwise as possible. Both my boys know how to use the sewing machine, although the 8 year old has strict and absolute supervision. My 13 year old (daughter) runs the washer and dryer, sewing machine and iron.

  3. Wow! That's awesome! I can't wait to see his finished quilt.

  4. Great! My kids use the rotary cutter every once and a while, and yes, it makes me very nervous too, but I guess it's just a baby step in the letting go game... Looks like a fun quilt!

  5. ahh now he's a clever boy he will figure out pretty soon that the iron is damn warm and to keep his fingers away ..

  6. That is awesome. I'm sure he'll be doubly proud when it's done knowing he had a part in it.

  7. oh this is great! Looks like a fairly quick quilt to piece with those large pieces? Still loving the palette you chose!

  8. Well - I remember one of my boys at 14. I don't remember him talking to me much, though! How great you both can do this quilt together.