Last week on IG (note that I’ve now become completely addicted to Instagram), I saw a teaser for making your own text fabric by Latifah of the Quilt Engineer blog. My first thought was “cool, I don’t have to search all over for the perfect text print”. But this weekend, I had one of those lightbulb moments that well, just made me giddy. It’s what I love about quilting–that feeling that you have just come up with the most amazing idea. Do you feel that way too?
My idea involves Lil Bee.
She loves to make art and she does so in large doses. Note the 6 paintings above that were done in probably 30 minutes. I love that she wants to create things-it makes my heart warm and fuzzy. That being said, I’m constantly finding art littered all over the house. A few weeks ago, I finally convinced her that we couldn’t keep it all (I know, I felt like the biggest ogre but I honestly don’t want to be on a episode of hoarders a couple years from now). So we went through and picked her favorites that we would definitely keep and hang up in the toy room like
The rest we took pictures of so that we could burn them to a CD or perhaps make a book on Shutterfly.
So anyways, I so want to encourage her creativity and nurture her interest in all crafts. She so wants to be involved in my quilting/sewing and Latifah’s idea of making your own text fabric got me to thinking. I could have Bee draw her own pictures on fabric with fabric paint/fabric markers and we could work together to sash all her masterpieces into quilts and give them as gifts to her grandmothers for Christmas. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be an entire quilt, we could make coasters, hot pads, or placemats with her artwork. I’m really excited about this idea and so is Bee. I think it will be a great way to ease her into sewing.
So what do you think? Stay tuned to see how this works.