I have two favorite quilting buddies, my favorite cousin and my daughter. This is my favorite 'in house' quilting buddy. My 13 year old named Vanessa. This picture shows her in her corner of my sewing room. I taught her to sew when she was 3, I would put squares together and draw "stitches" on them for her to follow with a needle and thread. It would take her a good 15 minutes to get them pieced which gave me more time for my sewing. It took her about 2 years to get the whole thing together as there were a lot of "pauses" in her sewing attention span. But the picture of her at age 5 with her first quilt is one of my favorites! Since then she has made a couple more simple 4 patch quilts, and a pretty rail fence turned in on itself so it looks like pinwheels. That one she gave to her favorite music teacher when she had a baby. This past winter she wanted to get going on a Halloween quilt that she has been collecting fabric for. I picked out a pattern called crazy 8's and we used that. The neatest thing for me was when she told me she had figured out it was easier to make two blocks at the same time. She had discovered string piecing without me even showing her! I had wondered if it would confuse, obviously not! After the blocks were done she was so excited she thanked me for teaching her to sew. My pleasure!