How to teach young people to quilt?
by Elaine DeFoor
I have volunteered to teach 7-10 year olds to quilt. This is in a low-economic area community center and is strictly run as an after school program and solely with volunteers. There is no extra money for resources. Where do I begin?
Hand piecing and quilting or...
I plan to bring my most portable machine and rotary cutting tools and have them take turns. While they all may not have access to sewing machines, I feel learning how to thread a machine and fill a bobbin is important as well as learning to sew straight would benefit them.
Also fabric, I would have to provide it. I could take my "scrap stash" box or pick out some fabrics from my stash or ask friends for some. I doubt there is extra money in their homes for fabric.
What would be the most simple pattern to start them on? I feel strongly that this is an important art form to pass on and feel that it might help these young people to achieve some self-confidence and sense of self-worth.
Any suggestions my dear quilting internet buddies?