Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nesting Quilt crafts to make

I've been getting ready for upcoming library programs at Portland Public LibraryBaxter Memorial Library in Gorham, Maine, and others events. Here are some of the fun crafts we'll be making! They are all based on The Nesting Quilt.
I sewed squares of cotton print fabric (thank you, Grace!) to felt squares.
Kids can "stick" them onto a felt-covered board.

Precut 3" squares of paper in pretty prints can be glued onto a 9x9" square of construction paper to make a paper quilt.

Remember sewing cards? Kids can draw, and then "sew" a border with yarn.
Cardstock weight paper, pre-punched.

Dried pine needles make lovely nests. Glue into a cupcake paper, which is
glued onto a small paper plate. I found those cute wooden eggs here.

Two paper birds. One is a cut, fold and glue  together. The other is
easier for small hands. I precut the bird and wing shapes. Kids
can glue on the wings and the little feather.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nesting Quilt at Portland Public Library

The Portland Public Library is exhibiting the illustrations from The Nesting Quilt in the children's area now through June 28th. I've included some related items as well.

There are instructions for making this little quilt
in the back of the book.

There will be a children's program on Saturday, May 30th, at 10:30am.
Story time, fun crafts to make, and a book signing. On First Friday, June 5th, there's a reception for the show.
This is kid-size nest! Children who come for the Saturday
program will be able to try it out!
This is the quilt that Maya and her Nana make for the new baby.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


The Nesting Quilt is finally out! I have several events coming up in conjunction with the book's release, so I've been getting ready. Yesterday I tried being a bird....

by making a nest out of bittersweet vines and dried grasses. Two smooth stones made perfect eggs.
The first event is Sunday, May 10th--Mother's Day--at Letterpress Books in Portland.

We'll be making Mother's Day cards and paper birds.