Baby M’s first outing, at 5 days old, was to the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts. So many times driving by the signs for this I had scoffed and this year I (we) couldn’t wait to go. My mom was in town, and it was so much fun knowing I could finally take her to this. She had seen the ads for it, but the timing never quite worked out. And this year, Biggest Little had a big surprise for her as she and I were both first time entrants.
Biggest had heard about the show, and since her quilting interest had been awoken, she was interested in making her own quilt to have in the show. I am so proud of how dedicated she was. I know a few kids her age would have had a lot more help with their projects than she did. Big asked for direction on each step, and I showed her, helped her get started, and watched in awe as she completed each one on her own. She truly made her quilt from start to finish. Shopping for and choosing her fabrics, cutting, piecing, and yes, even making her coordinating binding. She even used my machine to stitch a poem into her quilt.
Big completed her quilt in one big weekend, and swore me to secrecy from her Nana that we would surprise her with the fact that Big had made her own quilt and entered it by just showing it to her Nana the day we were at the Festival. What a kid. The show was great, her Nana was very surprised, and we all had a great day.