Our quilt association will be having our bi-annual quilt show in March and will have a youth entry category. I asked Alex if she might be interested in working on a quilt together to enter into our March show and she was super excited to work towards that goal.
Once show and tell was done, we were off to Alden Lane Nursery for Quilting in the Garden (a beautiful backdrop for a fabulous quilt show) for some quilty inspiration for her quilt entry. When we first arrived, I asked her to point out quilts that caught her attention and try to decide what it was about those quilts that attracted her attention: design, colorway, fabrics, pattern, etc. She was very interested in each of the quilts and was in charge of the quilt show program to help determine who created each of the quilts.
|Alex laying out her ice cream cone design|
|Alex and her finished fused block|
At our first quilt lesson, I had her select a pen name for blog posts, and I was impressed when she chose the name Alex, since Alex Anderson has been one of my quilting icons, especially as I was first learning how to quilt. So before leaving the house, I pulled out one of Alex Anderson's books and let Alex know that her name sake would be at the quilt show and she might have the opportunity to meet her. We made sure to stop by Alex Anderson's booth and had Alex select a book to be signed by Alex Anderson. Alex Anderson was so fabulous and even posed with our Alex and her newly signed book. Alex Anderson even commented how great it was to have enthusiastic young people pursue quilting!!
|Alex meet and greet with Alex Anderson and her newly signed quilt book|
|Alex's Fabric Stash Additions|
|Alex and her completed quilt top!!|
Now that we have a finished quilt top, we will have to learn how to layer a quilt sandwich, quilt and finish a quilt! Sew, stay tuned for more quilting fun with Alex!!