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The Unexpected Quilt

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It had been nine years since my sister and her beautiful family visited us here in Ottawa. The last time they were here, we had only lived in Ottawa a few months. I didn’t know much about ‘what to do in Ottawa’ at that time. This time around, I knew a bit more about the city I live in so I had planned grand excursions. Key word here is ‘grand’. We did a few touristy things but if you know anything about living in Ottawa, then you will know not to store your parkas and winter wear gear too far away as they seem to come in handy, even in June!
Ottawa
Family Visit

Family Visit

Family Visit
In short, we had planned more activities but the cold and dreary weather hampered our efforts. Between the cold and the rain, we found ourselves at an impasse regarding what to do. Well, the kids seemed to make the most of the idle time. I don’t know how it started initially but at some point, I went to see them in the studio and Rylee was cutting and arranging scrap fabrics. I quickly taught my niece how to sew and before long, this happened:
Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids
They each had a station and they all worked together to create a quilt. Even my Gabe who really has never shown any interest in fabrics and sewing was using a machine and iron. No fighting. No arguing. Seamless effort and work (no pun intended). When time started to close in, my brother-in-law stepped up to the plate and assisted in cutting.
Unfortunately, time did run out before the quilt was completely finished but I promised the kids I would finish it and mail it to them once done.
And here is the masterpiece, quilted, bound washed and ready to be cuddled with.
Quilting Kids
It was a little wonky, with seams varying from 1/8″ to 3/4″ but my mom and I tucked and pinned to flatten the quilt for basting and quilting. I am so impressed with how the kids stuck together and never for a minute became tired or whined about the project.
My niece also made a quilted pouch during the construction of the quilt.
Quilted pouch
Not only is she a great dancer, but she seems to have taken a liking to sewing also.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!