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Thread: How many people have taught kids to quilt?

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    Super Member Barb_MO's Avatar
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    I have taught quilting in 4-H and the kids really enjoyed it. Had several who had their project in the county fair. Two of my older girls had quilts in our local quilt show and one boy of 10 yrs old had a wall quilt in the show. I was in charge of the quilt show and added two youth categories just so they could enter their projects. That was about 10 yrs ago, and the categories are still listed.

    I've taught my gr-grandson to make quilts also. He is only with me for a month each summer. I think he has three quilts in the making. Maybe this summer he will at least one of them finished.

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    Haven't had the opportunity yet...we have 5 boys between us..not one has produced offspring. We almost fell off our chairs when last night the middle one called by and said he and his lovely girl may think about having a family in the next 5 years. Not one of the boys was interested in anything domestic, aside from cooking, my husband can sew (he does curtains etc. not quilts), so I am hoping, (before I fall off the perch) a small person may eventuate!

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    my 12 year old is making a quilt

    master 17 designed 2 quilts when he was 9 and 12

    eldest daughter pieced a dozen quilts when she was 12/13

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    my 12 year old is making a quilt

    master 17 designed 2 quilts when he was 9 and 12

    eldest daughter pieced a dozen quilts when she was 12/13

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    all 3 of my granddaughter's started sewing with me when they were young, the youngest was 4 when her daddy was deployed the first time to the middle east,she came to me with her little box of fabrics and said "i have to make my daddy a quilt from me...i picked her up a little singer machine, a little carebear table just her size and she was off and sewing in no time. when it was time to quilt it we turned a dresser on it's side for her to stand on and she quilted it on the long arm...she is 9 now and i think she has made 5 different quilts. and even before she started she was already a 'fabriholic'...my daughter used to call me complaining that any time they entered any store that sold fabric little miss amanda would insist on a piece (usually a fat quarter) it finally just became normal to always have to buy her 1 piece of fabric every time, so she already had a stash when she was 4, and boy oh boy, did i ever get 'told' one time when i helped myself to a peice of her fabric...(although mine is free game:))
    the other 2 girls sew too but more purses, skirts, fun stuff, and the middle one loves embroidery and does a beautiful job (she started at 9 and is 13 now) but that youngest one, she is going to be a quilter extraordinare!

    i learned to sew in 4-h when i was 8...
    and my son and nephew took it up pretty young too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy N
    I used to teach kids how to sew at the quilt shop I worked at. One of their favorite things was for me to be the sewing cop. I would give them tickets for speeding, taking illegals turns, not stopping in time etc. They thought that was hillarious. To teach them to sew a straight line we would take the machine with no thread and an old needle and they would sew down the lines on notebook paper. It was amazing by the end of the sheet how straight they could sew. We never had to repeat that exercise. It is rewarding to teach them, they are so excited to finish a first project. I've had boys and girls and the boys love it just as much and are probably even prouder!
    This is so funny. My Home Ec teacher had us practice on notebook paper too, and was always pointing out that someone was speeding. Your post brought back fond memories
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty1
    I'm teaching my daughter who is 11 and she is enjoying it!
    You should let her post a picture of something she has made. She would probably get a kick out being the "star".

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    I worked with 3 granddaughters, current ages are 13 ( Alexis), 16 (Taylor) and 17 (Cori), and bought each an inexpensive sewing machine. I paid for them to take beginning quilting classes, as at the time, I was mostly a fashion/home dec sewer. This was more than 6 years ago. Cori is the only one who still likes to sew but does it rarely. Alex is interested if she can sew with Cori (her cousin); however, she is on a travel softball team and has little time. Taylor (Alex's sister) has no interest. I think Cori will return to sewing later in life, as she really does have a talent. We are going to be making a new quilt for her room together so that may help jog her interest again. My only daughter (Cori's Mom) had no interest in learning to sew or cook as a youngster. Still doesn't and her husband is the chef in the family. He's good, too!

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    I spent time teaching my 2 grandsons who are homeschooled to use the sewing machine last Christmas. They both loved learning how to use the machine. The 1/4 seams were the biggest challenge, the 10 year old did well. The 7 year old (with an autistic spectrum disorder) loved using the machine, but quickly lost interest when it came to careful measurements.

    This Christmas we will take up where we left off since it is their special thing to do with Grammy when I visit. It isn't easy when Grammy lives on the other side of the ocean.

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    Another 4-H er here. Learned in 4-H and from a mom who was the granddaughter of a tailor. Spent many hours with 4-H'ers and have lots of fond memories. Now time to teach the grands. At my DD now; brought my machine and GD and GS had fun last night pushing the pedal to the metal--they are 7 and 5. Also got lessons in safety, etc.

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