As the mom of three young kids, I am often faced with the problem of "too much help". I know they just want to help, but their version of it is much different than mine. Like the time my eldest wanted to help clean up the floor....while I turned my back to get some paper towels and come cleanser, she got a bucket of water and pulled down a towel and started sloshing the water around with it, "just like Cinderella cleans the floor, mama!". Nice. "Too much help".
So, when they are around, I don't even attempt to quilt. They are just too good at helping me push the pedal on the sewing machine just as I am repositioning my quilt. Or helping me reorganize my spools of threads, so that I can't find a single color I am looking for. You get the drift.
Tomorrow, being Saturday, I am in full Mommy-mode, so no quilting. Yesterday, however, I had help of another kind.....
This is Tookie, giving me her opinion of the blocks I am auditioning for the quilt I mentioned yesterday. More "too much help". The will be for my niece who is in the hospital for a while. It is one of the quilts that MUST get done in time for Christmas. It is a cute pattern from the spring 2009 Quilts and More magazine. I originally started the blocks to be the backing for a playmat I was making, but the blocks turned out so cute that I thought they should go into a quilt of their own (actually two!).
This leads me to my tip of the day for beginner quilters....Piece your backing. Pick a block you like (I am partial to pinwheels) or repetitive pattern of some sort. Yes, it takes more time and I know you want to sandwich the thing together and get it done, but it is useful practice, it helps you get a feel for combining colors, and it makes your quilt truly reversible. Neat!