Last year for the spring break, Jacob chose a small bag of pre-cut rectangles to sew and over the course of the break, we completed a quilt (which can be seen in a previous post). This year, I again gave him the option to choose anything he wanted to work on. From the Delightful Little Treasure Boxes, he chose the container of “rail” blocks. Jacob thought it might be fun to use up all the rectangles in that box. He loves to pair up the pieces and hand them to me to sew and then he cuts the chains apart. For some reason, he finds this to be great fun. I really didn’t think he would enjoy pairing up the entire box though as there were way more rectangles than needed for one or two quilts. I thought we might as well sew until he tired of it. Well, much to my surprise, he never tired of the project. We would work on it for awhile and then do other things and pretty soon he would be saying, “Grandma, can we go sew some more rectangles together?” Over the course of the break, we sewed and sewed and sewed and sewed some more.
We sewed some blocks with two darks and a light, and we sewed some blocks with three darks/mediums.
I had several drawings of ideas for different quilts using those rectangles, but Jacob chose to make the quilts all similar. We decided on a good size for the quilts and I let Jacob do the math to figure out how many blocks we would need for each quilt. Jacob counted out blocks and bagged them up to have them ready for me to sew into rows. He also figured out how many rectangles it would take to make borders.
We then sewed lots of rectangles together to make borders for some of the quilts.
As it turns out, we are going to be making a total of seven quilts from that container. We decided to call them Hobo quilts. Now Jacob has the assignment of coming up with seven different Hobo names. He cannot use names of anyone he knows. I wonder what names he will decide to use.
We have three of the quilt tops done for now and will finish the others soon. First I need to do some other sewing even though Jacob would prefer I get all seven tops done instead. Actually, there is going to be one additional quilt. Jacob found some strips of wolf fabric in the box and he put all those in a separate pile as he wants me to make a quilt for him with those pieces. He wants to use black and red fabrics.
You will have to wait awhile to see all eight quilts completed but at least we used up almost all the cut pieces in that box and we had a lot of fun working together. Next we will figure out who gets all the “Hobo” quilts. Jacob is trying to decide which Delightful Little Treasure Box we should next use. I told him we are not starting any more quilts until all seven Hobo quilts and also his wolf quilt are done. (I wonder how long I can delay!!)