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Thread: Looking for ideas for a quilting presentation

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    Question Looking for ideas for a quilting presentation

    I am to make a presentation for my college class and we canmake the presentation on a hobby. There are few things I enjoy more thanquilting so I thought I would make it about quilting however now I cannot thinkof what I should present. Therefore, I have come to ask you my fellow quiltersfor some ideas if you have any. There are some things to consider

    1. I will be talking to non-quilters
    2. I have 7 to 9 minutes to talk
    3. I will be using power point
    4. I cannot use pictures I can only use clipart.

    Besides the history of quilting and quilting bees, I amsimply stumped as to what to write/talk about. Does anyone else have anythoughts, ideas, or input on the subject?

    Thanks for reading my post and your imput.

    Debbie Feavel the handquiltin Grammy

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    Why can you only use clip art? That seems overly restrictive. You might want to dispel the myth that quilting is anachronistic and talk about how many peopl are involved in quilting. Also, you can touch upon the different styles such as modern quilting vs. more traditional, machine vs hand quilting... Etc. can you bring in visual aides such as samples?

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    I would also include the impact that quilting has on the economy. I can't remember how many billions are spent by quilters but you could look it up easily. Also, explain why people quilt instead of going to Wal-Mart to buy a blanket.

    You might be able to find a quilty background for your PowerPoint slides if you search online.

    Good luck!
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    I had to do a presentation on how technology had made an impact on a certain aspect of my life, which included a power point presentation. I did it on quilting and focused on how quilting started out so primitavely and how with modern technology it has become much more technically advanced. I focused on where pioneers got fabric and now we have shops just for fabric. Scissors vs. rotary cutters and die cut machines. Hand sewing vs. sewing machines and also long arms. Plastic templates vs die cut, etc. You get the idea. I also brought in one of my quilts to for show and tell. This presentation was to a class that besides the instructor, I was the oldest student. I was amazed at the questions that the class asked as most were 18-30 yo and had no one that they knew that quilted.

    I still have a copy of my slides (although we were able to use pictures). I can't locate my written report though. If you would like to see what I did, PM me and I will send you a copy of mine for information purposes.

    ETA: I found the written portion as well!!!
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    Geesh, talking about quilting without pictures is almost as bad as talking about recipes without pictures....how can you?!

    Good luck! I hope you do well and surprise everyone with the topic.

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    I'm going to bookmark this as I'm really interested in what you wind up doing. Wish I could say something helpful but everything I think of starts "she could use a picture of.....". I hope some good suggestions come in and wish you the best of luck with your report.

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    I know just what you mean Jan. I feel the same way. But I don't know what else to talk about. I have found a bit of clipart that I can use hopefully that helps to aid visually. And I do have a quilt I can take in plus one that is partway done. Maybe that will help.

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    I am not sure why we can't use pictures. I think she is trying to stretch our minds and make us use words and PowerPoint as the tool to help us remember our words, you know use PowerPoint the way you would use note cards. It is very difficult for me. This is my first year back at school in probably 25 years and I am not that good with words unless it is on a topic that I love so when we were told it was an open presentation the only thing I could think of doing it on was quilting. Then she said we could not use photographs and my heart sunk. But I think I would have as hard of a time writing this if it were on a different subject.

    Thank you for your ideas. I do appreciate them.

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    How about the friendships you make while quiting, the help quilters give to others and the importance of community?
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    There has been some study that shows that quilters have less probabilities of having alzhaimers due to the use of their brains when using math, angles and so on. I think it is an interesting point of this craft.
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
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