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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
DO it! I learned when I was 5. sat on my Great Aunts lap whilst she did the
treadling.I did the fabric.pink 9 Patch. Unfortunately I do not remember how
far we went.but I spent 12 weeks on her lap for sure--had had my tonsils
out--then I hemmoraged.back then it was ice cream and 7 up and NO
PLAYING...so I learned how to quilt and embroider..my other Great Aunt
taught me that (they were widowed sisters that lived together). They'd come
over every day and help mom with my sis  (had hers out at the same time) and
I. Sis learned how to embroider but never took to quilting.

Only advice: go easy-don't over explain--when YOU find YOU are getting tense
take a 5 min break. If he hasn't done so already let him pic the fabrics.

If I recollect correctly didn't someone on here recommend an eraser on the
foot pedal so they couldn't go too fast? Not sure exactly what it
was......that they used for slow speed. does your machine have 2 speeds? One
of mine did....one that my kidlets learned on.

He'll let you know when he's had enuf...he may surprise you and finish an
entire quilt or be done with a doll/toy size.

Just another HTH segment
Butterfly (Started quilting at 5 and still going strong)

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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
Yep, that will do.  I use light weight non-iron-on
interfacing that handles like paper  -  the sort that gets
sewn into clothing.  The foundation stays in the block, the
backing is tied onto the joined blocks, and there is usually
no need for batting (although you can use it if you want).

If you want batting I found it easier to start youngsters
off using fleecy knit fabric, although modern battings are
more able to withstand "handling" by kids than the stuff we
had back then    lol.

Manx quilting is very old  -  the origins of log cabin.
There are instructions here -
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/421953688HTZElL?start=12 -
but do not try to learn this method together    lol.  Make
sure you are familiar with it before teaching him.  It's
easy once you make the first block.  And while the
traditional method calls for strips to be torn, you could
pre-cut the strips for him.  The big advantage of Manx
quilting is that the pieces are "designed" to fit in small
hands.  Making these quilts was the job of the children of
the household.  It was how the young (mostly) girls learned
to sew.

WARNING  -  the first block will be SLOW, but it gets
quicker after that.  If patience (or lack thereof) is a
factor, draw foundations with only three rounds instead of
four, and make the logs bigger  =  quicker results.

It he sticks it out for six blocks you can make a
table/place mat like a mini-quilt.  All the construction
techniques with only a few blocks.  BTW, traditionally Manx
quilts had turned edges (backing wrapped/folded over to the
front and stitched down) but there is no reason you couldn't
use other binding methods if preferred.

Good luck.  I used to teach cubs (juniour Scouts?) to sew
and I loved it.  Probably a third of them went on with their
lessons and made simple items at home back then.  They
seemed more likely to finish if the item was destined for a
specific use or a gift for someone.  The others lost
interest after the first block or two  -  the lure of
fishing and football     rofl!
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Cheryl & the Cats in OZ
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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
Thanks for the info on Manx quilting.  I'll have to read it over and do a
few blocks myself first.  I appreciate all the tips and advise Cheryl!!!

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Charlotte
http://community.webshots.com/user/charh108


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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
My guild was asked to teach a 2 hour class to 10/12 year olds at a day
camp.

Lessons that we learned:

Have the patches pre-cut and sewing lines pre-marked, we were doing a
4-patch.

Use double thread and have it knotted on pre-threaded needles.

We spent a lot of time, rethreading needles, tring to get them to sew
1/4th inch from the edge. Next time we will also use 1/2 inch seams.

We made up individual sewing kits with a "pattern" and a very short
history of our objective.

Everything was in a zip lock bag.

Trying to teach 20 kids is very interesting, especially when most
aren't really interested and half of them are boys.

Bonnie, in Middletown, VA


On Mon, 9 Jul 2007 12:44:53 -0500, "Charlotte Hippen"

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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt

I received an email from my former DIL that she is having my DGD cut her
quilt blocks so that when she visits this summer I can teach her how to
quilt.  My DGD is 12 and not to keen on accuracy.  ( I wish I would have
been allowed to do the cutting.)
Any hints on how I can repair any mistakes?  I plan on marking the sewing
lines and  plan on have her chain stitch the squares and then even them up
when pressing the seams.  Do you think this will work?  I don't want to
dampen her spirits.
--
Bonnie
NJ



Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
I really think you should get the squares right before sewing them - she
might well get discouraged if they are all over the place.  How about
making a game: see how many of the fabric squares are just the size of
this cardboard one (you) already cut out.  She might surprise you!
She is 12, so can't be 'fooled'/cajoled as easily as a 5/6 year-old (no
weapons thrown please - I do know they are just as smart!!).
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
I just don't want her to think I'm taking over her quilt.  Making a game of
checking it with a "template", sounds good to me.
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Bonnie
NJ
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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
You'll be just fine, Bonnie.  Relax and have fun with DGD.  I just put a top
together that is based on two squares by Disney.  They were intended ( I
guess) to be pillow tops and were waaaaay far from truly square.  I wound up
with a nine-patch on one side that is more like a 6 and 3/2s patch.  DH
calls is my masterpiece and a baby won't care; it's still just delightful.
Polly, proceeding on and singing M-i-c  k-e-y and smiling.
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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
It will be fun.  She wants to use the design wall and also my new sewing
machine.  I'm glad it has a speed control for her lead foot!
I'll be sitting opposite her sewing on the old machine, which has no speed
control.
I think I'll hide the rotary cutters.

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Bonnie
NJ
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 M-o-u-s-e

Butterfly (Please, ya gonna sing, SING all the words, so ALL of us will have
it stuck in our heads for the rest of the day and the next and the next
<vbg> )



Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
LOL.   Polly, Come along and sing this song that's made for you and me . . .
"Butterflywings" <wrote, on key> M-o-u-s-e
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Re: Help with teaching child to sew/quilt
Thank you : )

Butterfly (I'm picking and he's grinning---Buck Owens Roy Clark Hee Haw)

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