Kids Can Sew // Finished Quilt Top for Kids Quilt Round Robin

Norah's flying geese-2

Tada! Norah (and I, let’s be honest) finished her quilt top! This summer, she participated participated in a Kids Quilt Round Robin Bee.  She had a great time sewing for the other kids–either 10” x 40” row blocks (like her flying geese), or 20” x 20” blocks (like the star blocks).

Today, many of the participants are sharing their finished tops, or even finished quilts. Way to go kids! My kids have taken sewing lessons over the past year or two, sewn with their grandmas and cousins, and even have a special sewing desk and machine in my sewing room. I try to have an open door [and scrap bin] policy, and most of the time it works out great. If I’m working on a deadline, then my studio is closed.
20'' unicorn block
I’ve written a bit about sewing with kids, and I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is this: Keep it simple, keep it achievable. For my kids, it is much easier for them when the scope of the project is small, or when steps build on themselves.  10” flying geese was something that she could visualize and could do on her own. Win, win! And, when possible, have someone else teach your own kids the basics. Maybe it is just me, but frustration levels can be high for everyone!

If you are interested in sewing with kids, check out my 10 Tips for Sewing with Kids post. Lots of good stuff there :)

And a special thank you to Sarah Goer and Sarah Nunes for inviting Norah and I to participate, for organizing the round robin, and for keeping us all on track (and being forgiving of the chronic late-mailers)

Make sure to check out the other quilts!!
G & R of @sarahgoerquilts
A & C of @berrybarndesigns
Norah of @swimbikequilt
Z of @astrangerview
Caitlyn of @tiffanybaxter
Sophie of @thefeltedpear

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  1. Posted November 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Norah, this is fantastic! I love the colors and simple design you chose for your quilt. Great job!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much! She had a great time making it.

  2. Posted November 4, 2017 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    I love this. I wondered how she would choose to set the rows. It’s a great palette and a beautiful quilt.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much! She had something different planned, and then this happened, and she liked it better.

  3. Posted November 4, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    First, I just love your 10 tips of sewing with kids! All of that is so true! I tend to get frustrated too, so I was laughing when reading about your frustrations. But I can say, all the frustration and time paid off. Their quilts are amazing! I love how minimal and classic Norah’s quilt turned out. Well done Norah!

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