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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Just remember.....you're never too old to bloom! Just think of the blessing you'll be to these women!:^)
    You must be in cahoots with my priest :wink:
    You make me laugh out loud!

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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
    Good question Quilter7x. I read a book once called, Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway - or Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway! Something like that. It was great! First think, what is the absolute worst thing that can happen? Then you can talk yourself through it or we can. lol We tend to be too serious. Put things in perspective: No one is going to die if you aren't perfect as a teacher--I say that, but I really think you ARE! (not going to die, going to be a perfect teacher) What can you possibly do wrong? Do you realize how special you are? All the people who could have been chosen, and YOU were the one. The special one. The one who is trusted and valued. How cool is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianLoon
    Here's another solution.

    Give them something really difficult to quilt and they wont come back!

    As for the priest. Return him to Canada and we'll try and keep him here for you!
    CanadianLoon, that is a hoot! lol

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    when is the dreaded day and hour, so that I may say aquick prayer and think how much fun u are having. Jolo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolo
    when is the dreaded day and hour, so that I may say aquick prayer and think how much fun u are having. Jolo
    How sweet of you! But I don't know yet. I'm going to wait till Easter mass is over next week and see how many actually sign up. I really don't want a large group. But I think, as I've said before, that it's kind of a strange time of year to be signing up for something like this. I mean, making a quilt makes people think of cold weather, gift giving, etc. Know what I mean?
    But since they're beginners I'll need to explain to them that quilts take time and no matter when you start a quilt, you're already 6 months behind :) (or at least I am. I'm a slow finisher)

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    I quilt all year long, My family keep the ac low and as I am a senior cit. My quilting keeps me warm. Jolo

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    fabric-holic, don't worry, I teach and just last night I was working on my grandson's quilt and I'm just putting the quilt together and I had to undo it because I left out 6 small borders and it wouldn't go to gether right, I had a page missing. So just take your time, make sure you have all pages and you will do great.

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    What a wonderful thread and such great information. I teach embroidery at a LQS, and the part I worried about most was questions I couldn't answer. What I did was have a note book, and would say, "you know I am not sure about that, but I will research that and I will have an answer next week. Thanks that was a great question." I then write the question down, and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie_Sue
    .... and the part I worried about most was questions I couldn't answer. What I did was have a note book, and would say, "you know I am not sure about that, but I will research that and I will have an answer next week. Thanks that was a great question." I then write the question down, and move on.
    Ha....I have to do that with everything... Not just quilting! But it's an idea I'll also use for the group. Thanks

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    you are just to funny, but you will do a fantastic job, you already have the sense of humor which I think all good teachers should have. Penny

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    And then there is always one that wants you to sit at her machine and demonstrate on her block or whatever just how to do it again. lol. But I still love to teach newbies. Jolo

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    I, too, am a wallflower... gladly!! :) Our prayer quilt ministry brought me to the forefront - to this day I do not understand why - there are several quilters who do as good as I do or better... BUT nothing seems to happen unless I initiate it... I just go with it now... :) You'll do fine... you'll come to love it as much as I do, I'm sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj
    How about string quilts sewed onto muslin? It doesn't get any simpler than that, and you could use lots of scraps.
    I've just been re-reading this thread from my first post and I dont' remember if I replied to you.
    String blocks on muslin is a good idea. Especially for the charity quilts.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismomquilts
    I, too, am a wallflower... gladly!! :) Our prayer quilt ministry brought me to the forefront - to this day I do not understand why - there are several quilters who do as good as I do or better... BUT nothing seems to happen unless I initiate it... I just go with it now... :) You'll do fine... you'll come to love it as much as I do, I'm sure
    I hope so.
    Actually I'm kind of looking forward to it now that the shock has worn off. Who'd of thunk?? lol

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    I just started learning to quilting. I'm a bit slower than most, and it was great to see folks who were very knowledgeable with those of us who were not. The instructor started with the basics, what she found helpful, what she didn't find helpful (as far as tools, etc) ... and started with the basics of cutting, and stressed safety to the max. She said that the first rule is that you will break the rules :)

    I'm sure you are going to be fine and it's going to be GREAT!!! Can't wait to see pictures of the blocks that you all do and the finished quilts.

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    Why not talk to them about what quilting is, showing several simple patterns and asking what they would like to do. Jelly rolls and charm quilts may make life easier. what is their goal? Teach them safety of rotary cutting, how to use a ruler, etc. Just have them do one block and bring it back in for discussion. Tell them to use inexpensive material to practice. After that they may want to do more creative pieces.
    Good luck.

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    Another thing that might help
    Make out a questionier with questions about themselves, this help to get to know them. Nothing personal. In it ask about hobbys, and how they grade themselves in sewing and cutting material.
    Have one made up for yourself. This help put everyone relax. Ask at the botton if you can read each one so no one feel they don't know evough. this should only take a few minutes. ENJOY

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    Thank you CraftyBear for posting this link in another thread.
    It'll be a nice guide for me.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-41164-1.htm

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