My 6-year-old daughter loves being creative just about as much as I do. When she was 4, she began doing a bit of hand embroidery. But she loved to sit in my lap at the sewing machine and place her chubby little hands on top of mine as I sewed. When she turned 5, she did even more hand embroidery. Making multiple "pillows" for herself, and for friends.
However, she still begged to be able to sew on the sewing machine. So I bought my first charm pack (Bliss), and she made her first quilt. She piece all of the blocks together herself, sitting on my lap at the machine.
This fall when she turned 6, I began official sewing lessons with her and her cousin. The other day we cut out 5" squares to make a quilt for her to enter in our local county fair this summer.
She is so precise. Going slow and steady. After sewing a seam, she said, "Mom, I need to rip this one out - it's not quite straight." Obviously she's seen me do it a time or two. =)
(Sewing is even better when you dress up.)
Her very first 9-patch, and she is both thrilled and proud. Her mama is even more.