18 August 2010

Iowa State Fair Sew-In

Our daughter participated in the annual Iowa State Fair Sew-In again this year. This charity event, sponsored by a local quilting club, offers volunteers the opportunity to create simple "strip quilts" for children in need. Any level of skill is welcome, and volunteers are free to spend as much time as they'd like on the project during their time at the fair. Some people make only a portion of a quilt, while others make the entire thing. Last year, volunteers made over 150 quilts. This year, the organizers are aiming for 200!

Thanks to her grandma, Bailey has developed very solid sewing skills...unlike her mother! Since she had made a quilt last summer, she finished this year's quilt in just over 2.5 hours. She started by picking out fabric (she choose red strips in a variety of patterns) then sewed the strips together. Next, she added batting and a quilt back and pinned all the layers together. (I was allowed to help with pinning!) Finally, she sewed the quilt top to the back and added the binding around the edges.

Participating in the Sew-In is a great way to spend an afternoon at the fair. We know the quilts will be loved by the children who receive them!


Judy said...

Oh my gosh. That is awesome to get a quilt done in 2.5 hours. Way to go Bailey! What a great thing to do. I love her finished product too. Someone is going to really enjoy this quilt that was made with such loving hands.

Fonda said...

Great job Bailey! And mom too, for cheering her on!

Linda said...

The quilt is so pretty! Great job that she got it done in 2 1/2 hours!

Kristina said...

Yea for Bailey! My mother was a fabulous quilter and I did not inherit that. I can sew, but I don't have the patience for quilting.