(2016 Canadian Quilters' Association/ACC Youth Challenge)
|Laina and her quilt|
Laina is over the moon! She truly did not expect to win, which makes this even sweeter.
She will receive a show ribbon, NINE meters of fabric (!!!), and her quilt will hang in the 2016 National Juried Show! Her photo and story will also appear in The Canadian Quilter magazine (summer edition).
|"Tag, You're It!" by Laina (ten years old)|
|Adding a ponytail.|
Laina mainly needed help with some of my quilting tools (e.g. iron, rotary cutter). She also needed to learn how to work with fusible webbing for the applique, and how to apply a binding (not her favourite part). Oh, and how to make a hanging sleeve (also better when it's finished...).
|Hanging sleeve in progress. Patience nearly gone (hers, not mine!), but she wanted to FINISH.|
Laina has used my sewing machine before, so was familiar with how to use the foot as a guide, and how to pivot around curves and corners. She started with the tree leaves so she could be practiced up by the time she got to the girls' silhouettes. Sometimes she "fell off the edge" or overshot a pivot by a stitch or two, but we didn't rip stitches unless something was quite obvious. She could usually back up to where things looked good, and carry on from there!
Laina's favourite part was using my longarm to do the quilting. (I suspect that "carrot" kept her going when she was sick of stitching around applique!)
|Laina, at the helm!|
We used an invisible thread so it wouldn't interfere with the colours in the fabric. Bonus - we didn't have to change thread for different areas of the quilt!
Riley Quilts, Too!
My grandson, Riley, also entered a quilt in the challenge!
|"Knock Out", by Riley (seven years old)|
Riley is a boxer, so we used a photo of him in a boxing stance to make his silhouette, and he drew the punching bag from memory.
He loved Laina's sunset idea, but I thought she would be most displeased if he copied. We rooted through my stash until we found a combination of fabrics that made him happy. He chose a vibrant hand dye for the background, a stripe for the silhouette, and used the challenge fabric for the bag.
|Riley, hard at work.|
Riley has also used my sewing machine before, and did a super job on the straight runs. He had a hard time judging how to get around intricate shapes, though. We worked together on those, with me leaning over his shoulder to help him steer as he drove and worked the controls for pivoting. (Oh, my aching back!)
|The big finish!|
He wanted quilting lines radiating out from the bag (where he "punched it"). He envisioned varying lengths, but I suggested continuing them to the edges of the quilt to hold the layers together. He saw the point, and was okay with the change. Riley enjoyed using a fancy (programmed) stitch to make the chain for the bag.
So. Both were entered in the same age category, so we knew for SURE it would be impossible for both quilts to win a prize.
Our thinking was that they'd already won, just by participating!
- Their quilts would be shown on the CQA/ACC website
- They had the fun of making them
- They will enjoy seeing them hanging in their rooms every day!
When it came time to vote, Riley said to vote for Laina's quilt because she did more work on hers.
That was a Proud Granny moment!
Not that anyone listened...I'm pretty sure most of the guys in our family voted for Riley's quilt.
It was hard keeping the kids' quilts under wraps for this long, but I didn't want to influence the vote!
If you popped over and voted, thank you for supporting the challenge! What a great way to encourage young quilters to join our ranks, don't you think?
Linking up with:
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
Try, Learn, & Grow!