Sewing at Nana Camp

We’re having a big time with granddaughter Laurel, 8, who is here for the week.  While brother Robert is at basketball day camp, she is here at sleepover Nana Camp, where there’s a lot going on.

This is Laurel’s new sewing area.  She has finished more than half of the 9-patch blocks and 4 oval yo-yo’s.  The blue painter’s tape helps her maintain the required 1/4″ seam allowance.

A new sewing station has been set up for her in my sewing room.  From here, where my cutting table, iron and all my equipment is located, to the dining room where she has sewn before, it’s a  three day trip.   Her new spot is much more convenient. This is a permanent set up so she won’t have to put her sewing away at dinner time.

The antique sewing table where her little Brother machine is perched was a birthday present from my dear husband several years ago.  See the “yard stick” printed on the table top?

antique sewing table with 36″ measurement printed on top

It was meant to be used with a portable sewing machine sitting on top, so the table is rather low.  This is the perfect height for Laurel, so it is no longer necessary for her machine foot pedal to be velcro-ed to a step stool.   The  chair from the child size antique roll top desk in our homeschool classroom is a perfect fit.  I love it when my favorite  things have multiple uses.

Today, she started a sweet little quilt that she plans to enter in the November county fair.  Last year, she won Best in Show for her quilt, raking in 3 ribbons (best pieced quilt, Best in Class quilt, and Best in Show for all creative arts) and $40 premium prize money.  That is major motivation for an 8 year old!

The pattern was free with the purchase of the Clover oval yo-yo maker.  Today she pieced more than half the blocks and made four yo-yo’s.

Last year’s quilt required very little accuracy.  The strips were random widths with no specific seam allowance.  The blocks were cut after they were pieced on a foundation block much larger than the finished block was to be.

Though this year’s quilt is smaller, it requires much more careful sewing.  She had to redo the seams on the 9-patches a few times, but her piecing skills are greatly improved.


She loves this little yo-yo maker and it’s a good thing!  The quilt calls for 72 of these handstitched cuties.  But we are going to replace the center circle of 4 yo-yo’s with one large one.   That reduces the number to 48.  Still……that’s a lot of yo-yo’s.

Another of today’s activities was her first biscuit making experience.

The biscuits are baked in mini muffin tins.

She plans to enter these in the fair.  They are easy (3 ingredients!)  and absolutely delicious, crispy on the outside, light and fluffy in the center. The recipe is at the end of this post.

These were leftover from tonight’s dinner.

A few weeks ago, an elderly member of our church returned home from a lengthy hospital stay.  So I have been taking dinner to the couple on Wednesday evenings.  Laurel went with me two weeks ago and brought flowers she had picked from the garden.  Today, she was quite proud to bring her homemade biscuits.

After dinner, she had a night swim with Granddad and then was off to bed.  She was in Dreamland in moments.

Sweet dreams for our sweet girl.

It was a busy, fun, full day for both of us.  It made my heart purr.

Mini Sour Cream Biscuits (from

  • 1 cup biscuit/baking mix (Bisquick)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)

In a bowl, combine all ingredients.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls into greased (or teflon) miniature muffin pans.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden  brown.  Makes 12 mini muffins.  We made 1 1/2 times the recipe.  School is out for the summer, but that involved a math review of fractions.

NOTE:  I found this recipe on Pinterest and someone commented  that she didn’t have mini muffin pans.   Instead she made 6 regular size muffins and they were perfect.

9 responses to “Sewing at Nana Camp

  1. Oh, my, what a wonderful experience for both of you. I am jealous! I should go out and find a little girl who needs a grandmother. )No grandchildren in our future.) Laurel is doing such a wonderful job on her piecing. That IS a lot of yo-yo’s. I know that she will not only learn so much, but she will have wonderful memories.

  2. Laurel is a TREASURE! Young women such as Laurel are the hope of our future. So important for young people to be creative and to be aware of the needs of others. I’m impressed! God bless you lots!!!

  3. Ok, Janice, I looked all through your food-related Pinterest boards and couldn’t find this recipe to re-pin. I guess I’m going to have go the old-fashioned route and copy it to an index card. 😉

    Laurel’s quilt looks wonderful, by the way! Her stitching is so precise! That pattern is super cute, with all the yo-yo’s.

  4. Thanks, Jo and Marcia. Laurel is having a fabulous time making this quilt and really loves the yo-yo maker. I was wrong about the number needed. She only needs 24 for the leaves and then she will make 12 large standard yo-yo’s for the centers. It is just so much fun having her here for an extended time. Grandchildren are just wonderful.

  5. Jo, I looked for that recipe on my Pinterest food and recipe boards and couldn’t find it either. I must have clicked on someone else’s pin and gone to the source,

  6. Beckie, you SHOULD do this! It is so rewarding and just so much fun. And my memories are priceless. Today as I explained why a narrow seam allowance made a bigger block, she looked at me and solemnly said, “You’re a good woman, Nana.” I grin every time I think of that.

  7. I know you are having a ball. Laurel is doing a great job on her quilt.

    Mimi sewing camp is in full swing in MO. Kennedy is also going to Kids Sewing Camp at B Sew Inn . I told her that Laurel was making a quilt, so now she wants to start a quilt when she finishes her sundress and pants. Pack your bag and head north….you know I don’t quilt!
    Granddaughters sewing together…..another reason we need to move next door to each other!! Sew much fun!

  8. Looks like Laurel and grandma are having a great time. I wish Kenzie had this opportunity. I look forward to more blogs.

  9. We do have great fun sewing together. And now that she is a little business woman, her approach to it is completely different! Even Robert likes a sewing project every now and then, though I think he mostly likes the technical joys of a computerized sewing machine!

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