Meena Schaldenbrand's Quilt Project Suggestions and Pictures
Meena contacted me by email and had several great ideas for projects to do with one or more kids!
- How about a crazy quilt by machine? The patches can be any size or shape.Just have them sew them right sides together.Then they can try out all the fancy stitches and decorative threads on the seams.
- Or, how about a Sunbonnet Sue wearing of your childs favorite outgrown outfit/dress cut down to size.This also becomes a memory quilt for your child.My youngest loved to play with barbies and made a Sunbonnet bride.She merely sewed around a free floating dress and added net and pearls for a veil.
- How about a quilt about a pet? Another quick project was my daughter tracing a photo of her guinea pig and fusing and straight stitching around appropriate fabrics.
- My older daughter went to the library and made a Detroit skyline at night using my gold and metallic fabrics-just fusing and straight stitching around each building
Below are some of the quilts Meena's daughters have created.
Sunbonnet Sue Bride by Amy Schaldenbrand, age 6
Amy added buttons to the bottom and a bell to the top of the bride as well as lace to form the veil.
Lisa's Little Girl by Lisa Schaldenbrand, age 8
Favorite white dress worn by both Lisa and her sister, Amy at the age of two is appliqued on.
Amy's Christmas Tree by Amy Schaldenbrand, age 8
Handsewn beads and sequins, machine applique
Michigan by Lisa Schaldenbrand, age 12
Lisa cut apart a map of Michigan and used it as a template. She fused and zig-zagged around the fabric and quilted in Michigan attractions such as skiing, cherries, and the Mackinac Bridge with a variegated thread.
(above) Motown Sundown by Lisa Schaldenbrand, age 14
Lisa blew up a picture of the Detroit skyline on a freezer paper master pattern with a Tracer. The buildings of black and gold fabrics were fused on and straight stitched around. The hand-dyed sky fabric was quilted with opalescent thread. Some of the buildings took over an hour each!
(below) Bonkers, the Guinea Pig by Amy Schaldenbrand, age 12
A photo of Bonkers, the guinea pig, was enlarged and appliqued with zig-zag stitches.
Girl Scout Community Project: Circular Quilt for Safehouse by Girl Scout Troop #243, Plymouth, Michigan
(right) detail of above quilt
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