My son’s first quilt!

My 3.5 yr old son has finished his first quilt! 

This is his “Snake Quilt.” We submitted the finished quilt yesterday to be entered in a local quilt show that will take place next weekend.  If you are in the North Central Florida area you should check it out! Lots of amazing & gorgeous quilts will be on display. Jonathan’s will be on display in the Youth category.  The kids’ quilts don’t get judged. They all receive participation ribbons which is great because my baby worked hard to make his first quilt. I know he will be beyond excited to get his ribbon.

He designed and pieced the entire quilt top including:
•selecting fabrics
•piecing the snake together
•appliqueing the snake to the leaves in the background
•piecing the sky to the ground scenery (and the seam is pretty darn straight!)
• helping me cut out the clouds with pinking shears
•placement of each cloud, etc.

Here are some action shots of him working on his snake quilt!
Selecting his fabrics from my scrap bins.
“Mama, this kinda look like a snake skin!” -a great choice, indeed!

Piecing the snake together.

“Mama, snakes like to hide in the leaves.” Putting the snake on the leaves background he chose. Another great fabric choice!

Appliqueing the snake to the leaves fabric.
Piecing the sky to the leaves fabric. 
Placement of clouds in sky.

Then I took it to my longarm machine and finished it off for him to get it ready for the quilt show!

If you have a child in your life who is expressing interest in learning how to sew or quilt I suggest checking out my Teaching Kids to Sew video to learn some of the tips & tricks I practice when I’m teaching my son to use his sewing machine.  The video is really cute and you’ll get to see my son in one of his sewing lessons. Click HERE to watch the video.

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24 Responses to My son’s first quilt!

  1. Ajordan April 28, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    This is darling! You must be so proud momma. Please post of picture of his cute self when he gets his ribbon.

  2. grandmaFlor April 28, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Awesome job Jonathan

  3. Lindaloo April 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Vanessa, He did such a wonderful job with the snake quilt!!!! I was just wondering if he had finished it yet!!!! I love that you are teaching him to sew. I learned to sew at about his age. Tell him good luck at the quilt show!

  4. Carmen Soria April 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Pero si solo tiene 3 años¡. Un beso

  5. Becki April 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Your son is the cutest little guy! I know you are extremely proud of him. I love his quilt. He did a great job.

  6. Anonymous April 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    How proud you must be of your little guy! He is awesome AND so smart!

  7. Dei April 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    How unbelievably adorable. Your son of course. What an awesome sewer and you and he should be very proud.

  8. lesthook April 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    So cute and way to go!

  9. Sitti April 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    You should be so proud. He did a great job!!!!! He’s to cute and adorable.

  10. Anonymous April 29, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    This is Crazy, he is just 3^^, awesome

  11. Anonymous April 29, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Wow, he did a great job! He has learned a lot from his Mama! Congrats and best wishes for the show 🙂

  12. IvyQuilts April 29, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I’m impressed! Hope to see more of his quilt projects!

  13. Laura Jean April 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Way to go Jonathan! That’s an awesome snake quilt!! *This is me, clapping my hands and yelling YAY* Your camera friend, Laura Jean

  14. Gina April 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    He is so cute. He did a great job on his quilt.

  15. chrissy o April 30, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    I love your son’s snake quilt. He truly picked great fabrics! I just love his hair, and I’m willing to bet it can be cause for some mother-son battles.

  16. beebee May 5, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    He did a great job…are you sure he is just 3? LOL…..You are such a wonderful mom to introduce your children to so many learning activities.

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  21. Anonymous July 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I would love to see more kids sewing lessons. Great job mama!

  22. Meagan Lindsay August 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Ok that video is super darling!

  23. Deborah Newman January 18, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    LOVE IT!!! SO SMART!!! Can’t wait to see his next project !!!

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