I immediately mailed fabric and a pattern. Their Chief agreed to let her bring the sewing machine on the summer patrol aboard the USS George Washington. Early in their "cruise," I received an email. "BK is working on her quarter-inch seams."
I'm a child of the Cold War. My first thought was "the spies who read all our email are surely wondering what THAT is code for!"
This morning I received another email, subject "BK Gets to Quilting." With photos! (After all, they work in the Media Shop.) Jacob reports:
BK started work on her first quilt today! She’s enjoying it & loves the batiks. She says thanks and even let me take photos of her to show you. =P
She’s learning really quick. Did you precut some of the strips or did it come that way as a kit? Either way—thanks, it helped a lot, I wasn’t up for cutting 42” widths on a 30” cutting mat!
She’s definitely got the right idea—measure twice, cut once. She also laid out all her strips and grouped them so she wouldn’t duplicate any colors in a single block. It’s really cool to see it ‘click’ for her as she realizes how this is going to go together. It helps that she can sew a straight ¼” seam.
Isn't it handy that the Media/Printshop work table is the perfect height for a cutting table?
Of course, the fun part is seeing how the colors work together!
In case you're wondering, yes, she sewed on stripes for Sailors who were promoted during the first half of the patrol.
I can't remember what pattern I sent, so I'm also looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
I think this one should be the "photo of the week" for the ship!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. I bet they've never seen photos like these!
A quilter is born! Thanks for the photos, Jacob. Quilt on, BK!
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