The Birthday Committee Gets to Work
On the first day of sewing, Emma, Win and Bailee chose from a number of green and pink fabrics, various shades of green and pink thread and materials to stitch and thread their parts of Mimi's birthday "quilt."
Emma: Pull (as she pulled the needle through the cloth). I made a stitch.
Win: I did it. Uh-oh. I do this. I want a butterfly. I want a butterfly (looking at the pink and green confetti that was offered as threading materials).
Bailee: The little green one (referring to a green plastic bead). Ooopsie-daisy (as she dropped the bead). The bead go under the table.
Win: I want the pink.
Emma: I like that rainbow. It’s silky. It’s silky (picking up a green ribbon that she decided not to add to her piece). Oh no, it’s not fitting (as she tried to thread a green butterfly onto her needle).
Bailee: I want a butterfly (as she looked through the collection of pin and green confetti pieces for something to add to her sewing). I look at them. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Emma picked through the pink and green ribbons and commented: This. This. This. Nope. Nope. Nope.
On our second day of sewing Mimi's birthday quilt, 4 more squares were added, each with a different pattern of fabric and a different array of threading materials.
Charlton: I want this needle. (picking a needle threaded with green thread to go on his pink fabric square).
Isabelle: I want this one (picking up a small hoop prepared with pink fabric). No, the big one (returning the first hoop and then choosing a slightly bigger hoop, also with pink fabric). We try this one Charlton? These? (picking up a few green and pink beads).
Charlton: I want a big one (picking up a few of the larger pink and translucent beads).
Isabelle: It right here (handling Charlton a piece of plastic material to thread).
Ragnar chose a piece of white fabric with green squiggly marks on it: Cactuses we can’t touch. They sometimes have teeth. This one is a little different. It’s yellow green (describing the piece of thread that he chose for sewing) They have 2 holes like. They can turn around (describing the green plastic material that he chose to add to his fabric piece). This is pokey, pokey (touching the point of the needle). It went down, down, down (as he pushed the needle through the fabric from above and then pulled it the rest of the way through).
Emma: Oooohhh, whoa! Oh it’s tall (pulling her needle through her chosen fabric and stretching the thread high above her head). I play with the green bead. I like that green bead. I’m making it look like a snowman (lacing pink and green beads together). Oh what a beautiful sound (dropping beads into a glass jar).
Celebrating Mimi's Birthday
After a delicious birthday snack of cupcakes, Mimi's family joined us in Blake Hall to celebrate. Her mom and dad, Nan and Pawel shared one of Mimi's favorite stories, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Mimi's dad lit the birthday candle and Mimi circled it three times to signify her three trips around the sun. Mimi enthusiastically blew out the birthday candle. Her Brown Room friends joyfully sang "If It's Your Birthday and You Know It" and then members of the birthday committee, Bailee and Charlton presented Mimi with her birthday "quilt."