This quilt was designed/pieced by my youngest Tara Grace, when she was 6. She is 8.5 now! Her sewing machine lessons began as soon as she could sit on my lap, more as a form of therapy to get her to use her paralyzed left arm (obpi). Her fabric stash is almost as big as mine and she often tries to bribe me with fabric.
Not extinct was made with a charm and jelly roll pack from the Dinosaur Uproar collection, some batiks and random other prints carefully selected all by Tara Grace.
She spent about 6 months with the fabrics on a design wall - so long I hung 'hers' in the dining room and got another for my sewing room!.
I thought I was a perfectionist!
When all was right in her mind, we sat down together to machine piece the top.
When complete, I agonized over the quilting part. I wanted it to be perfect, it was HER first quilt for her. It didn't matter that I had been quilting for years and years, I would not be good enough.
So it got set aside.
The months dragged on and on and on, until one day this summer, I overheard a now 8.5 year old Tara, talking to a friend about the wonderful quilt that went extinct. How guilty I felt, thinking back to all the other quilting projects I HAD completed.
The next day I attached the quilt layers to the frame poles and started the hand quilting.
Tara came in to give her advise on what the quilting should look like and with what thread colors, she sat down to help me, talking about how this is the best thing she has every made.
It took about 3 weeks to hand quilt it but side by side we completed it. Tara proudly showed everyone she knows and then some.
"I am sew NOT extinct!" I proudly exclaimed, to which Tara replied, "this is the best quilt ever!, even if I don't like dinosaurs anymore."