I went thrifting and look what I found, a National Geographic quilting kit for kids! Not to mention it was all of 99cents! Love the idea behind this, love this find! Megan seemed the most interested, so I gave it to her. Instead of individual squares, there is one whole top piece of fabric sectioned into squares by labels. The labels go from "This is My World", "This is My Family"... to "This is My Universe". The kit came with 2 pieces of fabric (top & back) and some fabric crayons. Megan sketched on paper and did a little research first.Little brother read a book while she designed her quilt, she was such a little mama taking time away from her project to help him with a word or two. We found great books about quilting at the library, some we had read before. The history and beauty of quilting is fascinating, the stories behind the squares are amazing & heartwarming! Our favorites that everyone enjoyed were..."Papa and the pioneer quilt" by Jean Van Leeuwen, "Patchwork Path: a quilt map to freedom" by Bettye Stroud, and "The Keeping Quilt" by (one of our favorite authors)Patricia Polacco.
When she finished her design, I set it with an iron. She's also working on embroidering a few details this week, then we'll sew the front & back pieces together. I think it's turning out so cute and wow it's taking us on such a nice unexpected journey! I absolutley love when learning happens that way! I'm planning to cut fabric for each of the children to make for their own. I can't wait to see what theme they choose. (It's even sparked my own interest in making a patchwork quilt from the fabric scraps I've been saving) I'll be sure to post a picture below when Megan finishes!