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From: Bama
Date: 03-01-2007, 12:01 AM (1 of 7)
One of the kindergarten classes at our school has been working on the letter Q this week. One of their words is quilt. The teacher said that several of the kids started telling about quilts that they have at their house. They were so interested in talking about quilts that she asked me to bring some things to their class tomorrow and tell them a little about making a quilt. She asked if I had any quilt blocks and some batting so they can see what's inside a quilt and asked me to bring a finished one. I also packed some thread, thimbles, & a pack of needles. I have a small quilt in progress in a hoop, so I packed that too. I'm going to keep it short and simple, but I'm still excited! I love the kindergarten aged kids.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 03-01-2007, 02:20 AM (2 of 7)
Time to go out and recruit the next generation!

Have fun with the kids - they will love finding out all about how something is put together. And it's a comfort figure to a lot of little ones too. My 11 yo still has the quilt he had as a baby - and still loves it. In fact it's the closest I've come to making a quilt. It was originally made by my MIL before he was born but it's so loved that I've had to replace the binding 4 times and last time replaced the batting (thick quilty stuff?) in the middle because it had gotten so thin. Unfortunately that was the last time it would handle anything like that because the fabric is nearly see through now.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-01-2007, 07:21 AM (3 of 7) are going to have a great time showing those kids all about quilts. I'm a former kindergarten teacher and know that those kids will have lots of questions for you. So enjoy the experience and make sure you convert a few.....:bg:
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From: my2girlies
Date: 03-01-2007, 11:46 AM (4 of 7)
My youngest DD's elem. school did a "quilt" each year. Throughout the year kids submitted hand drwan and colored pictures of events,field trips, etc. that they participated in. One winner form each event was chosen by voting in the library. A local quilter scanned the pics and made them into blocks for the quilt. Then the lucky winners got to meet with her during recess for a month and construct the quilt. The finished quilts are hung along the main hallway. There were 9 my dd's last year. They are full of mistakes, but precious. Someone suggested auctioning them off each year to raise money for the library but the teachers absolutley refused. It was really wonderful to see the kids on the sewing macines and then hand quilting.
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From: lendube
Date: 03-01-2007, 01:52 PM (5 of 7)
How fun for you! I'm sure you'll have most if not all of them enthralled.

I love it when elementary schools get kids going on things like this. I know our local school has had kids knitting and they love it.

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From: plrlegal
Date: 03-02-2007, 08:34 PM (6 of 7)
When I was in West Virginia last Thanksgiving, my goddaughter was there with her children. The 7 year old (Carlin) was very interested in the hand quilting piece I was working on and I had to explain to him steph by steph how a quilt is started, put together and then quilted, both by machine and hand. He was very interested and every time I talk to him now, he asks me how my quilting is going. His dad and grandpa were having fits because they thought I was teaching him to quilt. You know, don't teach my son/grandson anything that's not macho. I said for heaven's sake, he asked me and I'm telling him, just calm down. Geeeshhhhh, macho men make me nuts!!! I just wanted him to know the that process that went into making his quilt when the it is finally finished.

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From: Bama
Date: 03-03-2007, 11:52 AM (7 of 7)
Patsy, my nephew has always been interested in my sewing. He asks me lots of questions, but is always a little secretive about it because he knows his dad doesn't approve. :bluesad: His dad would prefer he went hunting or fishing.

The kindergarten class was fun. My boss has a granddaughter named Gracie in that class (that's how the teacher found out that I quilt) that pretty much took over and explained everything for me. :wink: She knew what the thimbles were for, what the batting is, how the quilting holds the quilt together, etc. She told the class that since she's the only one in kindergarten that "knows how to sew" that she will bring a needle and thread and teach them. :bg:
Another lady I work with has an 8 year old granddaughter that I've been teaching to make yo-yos. She asks me almost every day if I brought her more circles to work on because she's finished her other ones. I bought her a small sewing kit to take to her on Monday and found her some Cinderella fabric in my stash. It's fun to have her so excited about sewing. My 15yo is not as interested anymore.
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