Now that my husband works full time at Quilt Addicts Anonymous with me and this little blog has turned into a full blown business with a ecommerce and brick and mortar store, that means the entire family spends most Saturdays at the quilt shop.
At 3-years-old, the future quilter does really well at the shop. It is basically a second home for her. We have a section behind the counter with a kids desk and toys, her kids tablet comes to the store with us and she is a little ham with customers. She will sit quietly occupying herself and then the second someone comes in, she is out on the floor saying hello and bringing over fabric bolts, just like mommy.
I am not quite sure she understands that mommy supports the whole family with her quilt pattern designs and sales of her carefully curated fabric collections that line the shelves. But she definitely understands that mommy makes a lot of stuff, and that mommy has a shop.
She also understands that if there are three or more people in the shop at once, and she brings me a bolt of fabric asking for a dress, that the answer is yes. I would much rather feed her creative juices and avoid a meltdown than say no and save a yard of fabric. This doesn’t happen every Saturday, but it happens often enough that she is getting a collection of handmade garments.
The #futurequilter pulled this fabric off the shelf in the middle of a rush at the shop on Friday and asked for a mermaid dress. I said yes so we wouldn’t have a meltdown in front of customers. But then I made good on my promise yesterday and had a little three-year-old helper for almost every step.
She is actually getting pretty good at matching prints as well. She spotted this mermaid fabric from Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk and had to have it, asking for a dress. Mostly because she is three and mermaids are everything when you are three.
So I told her we needed to pick a coordinating fabric out to go with it for the top of the dress. I explained what coordinating meant and walked her over to the line of fabric and told her to pick what she liked best. She did pretty well choosing a dark blue and pink floral that worked great and coordinated perfectly with some bias binding I had in my notions stash to use for the sleeve and hem finishes.
And the best part? She was really interested in the sewing part, sitting next to me for hours and even “helping” feed the fabric through the sewing machine. So I may not have a future quilter, but a future fashion designer. I would be thrilled with both outcomes.
Are any of you sewing with little ones? Or sewed with little ones when you had little ones? Are they still into it?