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Thread: quilt pattern for quilting class--with 7 yr olds

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    quilt pattern for quilting class--with 7 yr olds

    I am teaching a quilting class to 7 yr olds in June.. thought I would combine some easy paper peicing with regular peicing and give them some variety, yet keep it simple... here is what I came up with:

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    and a sample with different colors... just to give you an idea, I don't like the colors I chose, was trying for a dark, a medium and a light... oh well
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    If you quilt for your sanity, what are you doing teaching 7-year-olds to quilt? LOL! Good luck with that! I think they'll have a blast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    If you quilt for your sanity, what are you doing teaching 7-year-olds to quilt? LOL! Good luck with that! I think they'll have a blast!

    good question! I messaged the homeschool group, to see if anyone was interrested in learning to quilt... because I'm teaching my 7 yr old to use the sewing machine, I figured that was a good cut-off age for how young I'll teach... only person interrested has a 7 yr old who wants to learn.... so, there you go! lol
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    Might I suggest a very simple pattern but looks nice - rail fence - 7 is really young and the attention span is not always there - good luck and I hope they love it.

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    Good for you, great job and thank you for sharing
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    You will have a great time teaching the young ones. After they learn the basics, look out, they just might amaze you with their talents! Be sure to post their work.

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    oh they will have a greaT TIME SO SWEET OF YOU MAY GOD BLESS YOU
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    I think would go with a bit easier pattern.. such as 5" squares or strips.. You have to teach the cutting technique, safety, accuracy, and the use of a sewing machine. You are also dealing with 7yo attention span.. and if are working with more than one child, things will go a lot slower. Your frustration level might go up. Have fun..

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    they really need to learn some basic piecing- like 4-patches---or rail fence strips----paper piecing is not an easy project for a child just learning to use a sewing machine- they will totally enjoy just sewing squares together into rows- then into a quilt top- maybe around a cute panal or novelty fabric they pick out-
    trying to teach them such a complicated block (which may seem easy to you but certainly is not a beginner block) will only frustrate them - they will probably walk away quickly-
    we started kids as young as 4 sewing in the sewing school- they all loved it and 8 years later all still sew--
    they started with sewing lines on paper with no thread- from there they started sewing squares together- 6 of 9 kids (boys & girls) made quilts- 2 of them made purses- they designed/created themselves- and 1 made pillows- all of them love sewing- and make things alot- 3 of them have made numerous quilts-
    1 of them i believe would be interested in something along the lines of the block you created-
    it is a wonderful endeavor you are taking on- but i think you are getting a little ahead of yourself- and thinking of teaching an adult quilting class not little kids who have no experience yet-...following patterns will come in time...but start a little simpler for a positive experience for all concerned.
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    I, too, would go with a more simple pattern for their first project. The rail fence would be a good one, but also just 5" sq of all colors. They will have a blast laying a pattern down with 5" squares. Or even a nine patch with 3" sq. After they sew around 6 nine patches together, teach them how to sq them up. Them measure the sq & cut a block that same size & let them alternate the blocks & nine patch. This will go fast & keep their interest. I wouldn't do the paper piecing until they are comfortable with a simple pattern & finished project. A lap size would be perfect to start with.

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