Kisses and Hugs Kid Quilt

Another county fair has come to a close.  The ferris wheel, flying elephants and merry-go-rounds have been broken down, loaded up and driven out of town.

All three grandchildren rode the rides, checked out the exhibits, ate the junk food and saw the ribbons on Robert and Laurel’s entries.

7 year-old Robert very sweetly humored 3 year-old Alastair by joining him on the flying elephant.

Big winners were Robert’s blue ribbon chocolate chip pumpkin bread and Laurel’s Best in Class Kisses and Hugs quilt.  While they learned new skills and had fun, I savored each minute of quality Nana-time as they prepared entries. They were so proud of their accomplishments.

Robert’s hocky game, Santa pillowcase, stuffed in-the-hoop dinosaur, football tote and Gator tie tee shirt–Laure’s Girl Scout tote bag and monogrammed handkerchief

Eight year-old Laurel’s quilt was a months long project.  She chose the pattern and fabrics last spring and started right away.  We modified the Kisses and Hugs pattern slightly by reducing the number of yo-yo’s and adding buttons to the centers.

Though initially intrigued and always pleased with the results, Laurel was obviously growing weary of the never-ending yo-yo’s.   So she made 6 large, round yo-yo’s instead of twenty four oval shapes.

This is a really good second quilt project.  I think Laurel’s first, a rail fence with redwork embroidery, is a better first try.

If you have never worked with a child on entries for your local fair, I would encourage you to do so.  Whether it is with your own child, grandchild or neighborhood kid, I am quite sure you will find your efforts are very satisfying.

Jo’s daughter Joy with the shirt and zipper bag she entered in the fair.

Jo’s children have entered their county and state fair. They found the experience to be as fulfilling and exciting as Robert and Laurel have.

If you or the children in your life have entered projects in the county fair, I would love to hear about it. Send pictures!

12 responses to “Kisses and Hugs Kid Quilt

  1. Please tell Laurel that her quilt is FANTASTIC! And I love the button centers! (Is she going to make any quilts for her dolls?!)

  2. What a pretty quilt! Please pass our congratulations to Laurel. She did a very good job. Is that her top and purse, too?

  3. Laurel’s quilt is so pretty. She did a great job. Congratulations!

    What a cute top and purse Jo’s daughter made. Great job. Keep up the good work! (I have bought zippers for my DGD as well to make a purse.)

  4. Awesome Job… I’m so jealous of states with actual fairs and yours is so late in the year!…. my kids never had the opportunity and I would have loved to have my kids enter things….. Great Job to everyone and congratulations. I love the idea of one large yo-yo !!LOL
    XO

  5. great looking quilt loved how you use the yo-yos

  6. Thanks, Tammy. Laurel has become quite the yo-yo expert now. They do add an interesting dimension to an otherwise flat quilt.

  7. Terri, this is an awesome county fair. There are exhibit halls lined with stalls for horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and every kind of livestock imaginable. The children especially love looking at the cages with exotic chickens and bunnies. The Old Plantation building has room set ups–dining rooms with antique furniture, antique dishes, etc. bedrooms with quilts and chamber pots, just so much. Oh, there is also an ongoing display with a group of women in old time clothes busily quilting at a frame. You would love the baked goods, canning, gingerbread houses, quilts, sewing, creative arts and even more. Can you tell we love the fair. Oh, and the children love the midway!

  8. You are fortunate to have a great fair. Do you have a good sewing club, too? We have enjoyed participating in 4-H, but there is no sewing club. I’m told our county here in Waseca, Minnesota, used to have 70 clubs, but now there are none. Nobody is coming out to teach and work with kids in this area. I bump into moms often who say they would love for their daughters to participate, but they do not know how to sew. They’re really on their own. I’ve noticed that for those who have not grown up in 4-H, it’s somewhat hard to navigate and the lack of teachers adds another barrier to their entry… Just something on my mind.

  9. The children have not joined 4-H because their schedule is just too full. But the local 4-H club has sewing workshops 2-3 times a year and a week-long workshop in the summer. It is led by Karen Russi, my Rebecca’s godmother who, after 25+ years of leadership, is the longest serving 4-H leader in the country. She was honored for that in DC. This dear woman has no children and has always doted on mine and all the children in the community. We are truly fortunate to have her guidance and presence in the neighborhood and very fortunate to have this wholesome, old fashioned county fair. You say you do not have a sewing club, but it looks to me like you are the leader of a sewing club whose membership is composed of your daughters. What a great sewing club that is!

  10. Yes, the full schedule can be a challenge. We understand that firsthand!

    You are very fortunate to have Karen Russi in your community. I can learn from her example. I like the idea of holding workshops 2-3 times a year and one week-long workshop in the summer.

    I am sure there are women like her in my community…. It is most likely a matter of connecting people and making the time for it. Since we have only been in Waseca just three years, my observation is only as a “newcomer”. (And I have also been captivated by a wonderful newborn! 😉 I think it is great to see women who love to sew connect with those who would like to learn.

    We have benefited from the smocking chapter (of SAGA), and often I bring one of the girls with me to the meetings. They enjoy it a lot, but would also enjoy a larger “kids’ club”. Possibly once my husband’s work location is determined, we could expand our sewing/knitting club. 😉 We’ll see.

  11. Congratulations to the kids for their great projects. It’s such a great experience to participate in the fairs. I vaguely remember putting an embroidered piece in our county fair when I was 8 or 9.

  12. Thanks, Beckie. When the children are here for Thanksgiving, I will let them read all the congratulatory notes. They will be very pleased that people they don’t even know recognize their accomplishments.

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