I don’t always have a ton of time to sew. When I do get time, it’s usually little spurts and I have to be very intentional.
This week I’ve been working on finishing a Christmas quilt for my family and a Christmas gift for a friend. Monday morning Anne decided she wanted to help so I taught her how to calculate binding. She measured each quilt, figured out the perimeter and then used the calculator to divide that number by 40. She was able to tell me how many strips I needed for each quilt and she was able to practice her fourth grade math skills. I’m very proud of her.
This morning I took 30 minutes before I left for work and sewed the bindings to each quilt. Now I need to decided if I’m going to finish them by hand or by machine. How do you like to finish your quilts?
Unless a quilt is for a show, I finish them by machine. It is faster and I am quite sure the stitching is stronger than my hand sewing!! I use the stitch on my machine that looks like a blanket stitch. Well done, incorporating teaching her math in a way that makes sense in real life!! Math can be such an abstract concept for kids and you just made it concrete for her!!!
I prefer them finished by hand, but in a time crunch I do the machine. Anne continues to grow into an amazing young woman!