One of the things I most enjoy about International Quilt Festival is seeing all the little stitchers-in-training who attend with their moms, grandmothers, or aunts.
These kids come with their ATCs to trade (or, like young Lexus Estes, they submit their quilts to the show), they participate in workshops, and they enjoy that bond between the generations that comes when one woman passes her needle art skills onto another.
As I was looking over the Spring 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Stitch before it went to press, I noticed several fresh and fun sewing projects that are not only easy for beginning sewers of any age to make, they would make great gifts for moms. What better way for a young person to gain an entrée to quilting? Of course, because these projects involve cutting and stitching, some adult supervision is required for younger sewers.
Malka Dubrawsky's Scrap-busting Coin Purse would make a terrific Mother's Day gift, as would Kevin Kosbab's Stepping-Stones Pot Holder made from wool felt with a '70s vibe. The lacy Travel Lingerie Bag by Blair Stocker is perfect for learning hand-stitching and basic raw-edge appliqué.
But I'd have to say my favorite project for kids is the Passementerie Pincushion by Eva Hanusova. Simple, elegant, fresh, and useful-what more would a mom want in a handmade gift.
- 8-10 fancy trims, at least 6" long
- Two 6" x 6" squares of taffeta
- Cotton or all-purpose sewing thread
- Matching polyester or all-purpose sewing thread
- Small package of rice or sand
- Basic sewing supplies
- Cut the trims into 6" lengths and play with their arrangement.
- Position the strips in the desired arrangement on the right side of one taffeta square.
- Using various colors of cotton or all-purpose thread to enhance the design, carefully topstitch each trim, stitching along both edges to secure. If necessary, hand stitch delicate trims or those with beads and sequins.
- Place the 2 taffeta squares right sides together and pin. Using all-purpose or polyester thread, stitch around the perimeter, leaving 3" open in the middle of one side. (Do not sew over beads.)
- Turn the pincushion right-side out and fill with rice or sand.
- Turn in the seam allowances along the opening and pin, then hand sew closed with a slipstitch.
If you're looking for a more challenging, and yet thoroughly modern project, Spring 2010 Stitch features a ton of fashion and home-dec projects for moms, including Tricia Waddell's Waterfall Scarf (left) with cascading ruffles, Malka Dubrawksy's Windows Improv Table Runner & Place Mat, and a Patchwork Lace Top by Erin Gilday that's flattering on just about everyone.
Hmmm. That gives me my own ideas for making gifts for the moms in my life. Tell me, what was the first stitched project you ever made, or your favorite handmade Mother's Day gift? Leave a comment below.