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    taught some of my mom's group, hand pieced a lap sized I Spy quilt

    have become the "fixer" at the Baptist craft group (and have machine quilted two "first" quilts) will be designing a KING sized quilt from the three centre blocks out tomorrow

    also will be teaching next term, another church group, this time it is a simple quilt with sashed charm sqares (pre-cut) and wide borders

    best thing is to pick something easy...everyone will work at their own pace

    and have something to go on with in case someone gets really enthusiastic!!

    oh, and if you are doing a sampler, BIG blocks are the way to go......NOT 7.5 inch (finished) square with zillions of pieces!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    In group quilting the work is generally done by handquilting on a frame. It is the only way a group of people can make a "group" quilt.
    I was thinking "quilt as you go" then we'd all put it together. Each one could stitch in the ditch or whatever we decide on that's easy.
    Maybe I'll have to re-think that.
    But the "auction" quilt could be hand quilted by the group.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studio-christine
    ... BIG blocks are the way to go......NOT 7.5 inch (finished) square with zillions of pieces!!
    I agree...but I'll have to see how many actually are in the group. The smaller the group, the larger the blocks, eh? And definitely make blocks with only a few pieces, at least for the charity ones. We need to get them out on a regular basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    I was thinking "quilt as you go" then we'd all put it together. Each one could stitch in the ditch or whatever we decide on that's easy.
    Maybe I'll have to re-think that.
    But the "auction" quilt could be hand quilted by the group.
    Thanks.
    I don't recommend quilt as you go for first time quilters since you have to be careful lining up the top, bottom and batting so it doesn't shift or get creases underneath.

    You'll do fine. The absolute best place to teach your first class is at a church with church members as the students. I love the thought of having the priest do some of the sewing - maybe you could get him to make an entire 9 patch or something simple like that.

    There are some great ideas here, a list of things to bring to class, having a helper (a child would be a great helper), creating folders for everyone with hand outs and samples.

    Some type of design wall with each stage of the block in progress would help people see what their block is supposed to look like as they're making it. I'm a visual person, I can figure it out if I can see it rather than reading about how to do it. You can use a flannel backed tablecloth for your design wall.

    Good luck! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    ...Some type of design wall with each stage of the block in progress would help people see what their block is supposed to look like as they're making it. I'm a visual person, I can figure it out if I can see it rather than reading about how to do it.
    Good luck! :thumbup:
    Me too. I'm sure there'll be some way to hang a flannel backed tablecloth or something for a design board. (uh oh...I just thought of another job for the priest..he can hold the flannel backed tablecloth up.. :lol: I'm going to hell for sure...)

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    When I first started a training postion I was nervous. But it is so different than just giving a speech in front of a group.
    They will be working and not just staring at you lol!!!
    But trying to teach a quilting class with kids running around, bless you!

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    What part about this is bothering you? Is it standing in front of a group of people or preparing something for them or maybe fear of the unknown? See if you can figure that out, cause there's something about this that's really eating at you.

    I love the idea of calling many friends to take the class so you will know some of the students. They will encourage you during class. I really think you'll do just fine. Have faith! You'll realize after class that there's no other place for you than heaven. :)

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    I never cared for the idea of teaching either but when I was working I was the leader of the mom's group and we did crafts. They all loved it. I find that if you pretend to know what you are doing it goes easier and trying to figure things out as you go to make it easy for them to do. Don't panic, (I hated group day) I always made it through and had so many compliments from the mom's and staff that I was proud of having been able to do it. It really is easier than it sounds. Just have fun!!

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    I am sure that you will make a great "teacher". To teach is in it's simplest form is leading by example just as Jesus did. I say that not only should you ask the priest to participate, but I am sure that there are other male members of your parish that would enjoy and probably be very good at some or all of the quilting steps. GOOD LUCK!!!

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    If you take it one step at a time and break up the projects into small lessons it goes smooth. I make up samples of the different lessons and go through them once for everyone and then help anyone who is stuck after that. If the group is filled with all levels of experience then suggest that a newbie sit near the experienced quilter. And I rarely get to sew on the days I teach.

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    I say go for it and thank your stars that your priest is encouraging you. Do you want to trade priests. We'll take him, he sounds like he is helpful. I have seen your work and you do an excellent job and will do great.

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    Maybe the Priest wanted to learn how to make a quilt and was embarrassed to ask anyone. So he wanted to make up a reason to have a class.

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    I think you're going to do fine Karen!
    I'm terrible at standing in front of people & talking - I often forget to breathe! LOL - but I have taught a workshop at my quilt guild & that was a LOT of fun :D I would suggest a rail fence for your first one - I think it's one of the easiest patterns. I even made a pattern for the Rail Fence that my friend used to teach her *non-sewing* DIL how to piece & she said it worked. PM me if you'd like me to email a copy of it to you. :D
    Good Luck - I KNOW you'll be great. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinwoods
    ...If the group is filled with all levels of experience then suggest that a newbie sit near the experienced quilter.
    That's a great idea. I never would have thought of that. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    ...What part about this is bothering you? Is it standing in front of a group of people or preparing something for them or maybe fear of the unknown? See if you can figure that out, cause there's something about this that's really eating at you.
    I know I know. You're so right. I've always been this way when it comes to being in charge, or the lead, etc. Like I said earlier, I'm a wallflower. And I'm very good at it!! :-D
    But I have to admit that after reading how many of you have taught things at church or in a group, I'm beginning to think I can do it too. I mean, what'll they do to me if I can't answer all the questions? It's a church group....they have to forgive me, right? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuppi duke
    Do you want to trade priests. We'll take him, he sounds like he is helpful.
    We're very lucky having him. He's personable, REALLY tries to do everything he can for the church and parishioners, has a sense of humor, etc. Really tries to be the best priest he can be. I've gone to churches where the priest-hood was just a job. But not him. But he's always been like that. When he was on the football team, he was the one everyone counted on or went to if they needed help with something. He's great. We're very lucky.
    And he has been to dinner many times at our house where he's seen my WIPs so I'm sure that had something to do with him trying to get me to do this. Actually maybe he's trying to wean me away from my LQS. He's diabolical :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    ...What part about this is bothering you? Is it standing in front of a group of people or preparing something for them or maybe fear of the unknown? See if you can figure that out, cause there's something about this that's really eating at you.
    I know I know. You're so right. I've always been this way when it comes to being in charge, or the lead, etc. Like I said earlier, I'm a wallflower. And I'm very good at it!! :-D
    But I have to admit that after reading how many of you have taught things at church or in a group, I'm beginning to think I can do it too. I mean, what'll they do to me if I can't answer all the questions? It's a church group....they have to forgive me, right? lol
    You got that right, they will most definitely forgive you. Just think of it as a gathering of friends and you're all going to share some blocks. Really that's what it will turn out to be anyway.

    My pastor is definitely doing his calling. There's no other job that would be better for him. I've read verses to the congregation on Women's Sunday and felt very comfortable there knowing that if I made any mistakes (which I did), they would all be forgiven.

    If you were a wall flower doing this in a Jo Ann's, I would be worried for you, but not to this group.

    You can defnitely do this, draw strength from above, from your family, your priest and all the people who will be learning a new thing that day! :D

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    sometimes people can get 'bogged' down by just a word...like the person who knows material backward and forward but teacher says 'test' and the mind goes blank and panic sets in... don't think of it as TEACHING! think of it as (THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN; SHARING WHAT I LOVE WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE MY INTEREST!!!) chances are you will learn as much from them as they will from you so really...who is being the teacher? take a big deep breath and walk in confident that you know your craft and you get the awesome opportunity to share it with others...no teaching involved...just doing and sharing...what a great opportunity!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    ... take a big deep breath and walk in confident that you know your craft and you get the awesome opportunity to share it with others...no teaching involved...just doing and sharing...what a great opportunity!!!
    I think if I can just get past the "starting" I'll be OK.
    Plus it really does help to know y'all are here and so willing to help. :thumbup:

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    Fabric-holic, our church started a class and the "teacher" had us all making the same quilt, a Trip Around the World". We all did that one. next we did a sampler, then someone brought a Turning Twenty and that did it. We all started making whatever we wanted. Our fellowship is sweet. We meet every week, which is sometimes wearing. I for one have not finished but one project started in class and that was a rag quilt for my step grandson's Christmas. No one wants to meet less times a month or do any very hard-to=piece quilts, even intermediate quilting. Our "teacher" hasn't been too pleased about us going our own way, but some us have lots of time at home to do quilts, and some of us don't.
    We have made aprons for our church kitchen helpers, quilts and other "baby" itens for a community shower for the needy, baby crib sheets for our church's nursery from some free material, and other mission efforts. We will probably be doing this community shower again this year, and we are making some crib quilts to send to Africa. One of our quilters has a daughter and son-in-law who have gone as missionaries to Africa.
    So be flexible. I suggest teaching techniques rather than all doing the same thing, unless they want to do the same thing, of course. Relax and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlgh
    So be flexible. I suggest teaching techniques rather than all doing the same thing, unless they want to do the same thing, of course. Relax and enjoy.
    I'll remember that. Thanks

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    I just reread my message. What a hodge podge. Our group meets every week. When it was started, it was just to be a month or six weeks, but no one wanted to stop so we are still going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    You will do just fine, probably most of them have never made a quilt so like you said, guide them, suggest ways of doing things and you will all learn thru the process. You might want to make of list of things they will need ahead of time so they can be ready. good luck.
    great idea.

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    I felt EXACTALLY the same way you do (minus the Priest.. I'm Methodist!!). I found that the group ususlly likes a leader. I also strongly believe in a good set of written instructions, so when they are home attempting the same thing, they know the steps. Mostly, just have fun. sue

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    I've posted signs on tables around the church asking whoever is interested in a quilting group to sign up after mass this weekend and next.
    It's Palm Sunday and Easter so we should have a large turnout at church.
    That'll give me an idea how big a group we might have.
    I've taken note of all the great suggestions here and made myself a "how to" folder, for starters.
    Thanks again.

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