Last week Delaney came back to do more sewing. I thought it would be nice if she got to take home a finished pillow. So after Mandy, her mom, dropped her off, I asked her to pick out four fabrics cut them into pieces and design a pillow. As she was going through my collection, Delaney told me how she like to put colors and patterns together that, in her mind, don’t really go together. She’ll sometimes choose her clothes this way, and has decorated her room using the same idea.
Delaney is really an actor. She’s in her school and community plays and wants to be a movie star. I can see it happening. She’s friendly, pretty and energetic, constantly chatting to herself, me, the sewing machine or what ever else is in front of her. When she tells a story she becomes each character, performing not just talking. And she’s fun to be around.
I didn’t think Delaney would cut four squares the same size, but she designed a piece that even I had a hard time figuring out how to sew together. So we made some adjustments and somehow, came out with something completely different that she liked. When I looked at the finished piece, It reminded me of one of my potholders. Delaney isn’t familiar with my potholders, this was her original mind at work. (which seems in some ways similar to mine) I was delighted.
As I was driving her home I told her it would be easier for her to learn how to sew if she just cut out four squares the same size and sewed them together. She could work on technique, getting her seams straight and even. Delaney made a funny face and said, “But I wouldn’t want to do that.” “Oh good,” I said relieved, knowing just what she meant.