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Thread: Have you ever taught quilting?

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    I've been asked to help a "start up" quilt group at my church make their quilts. They didn't use the word "teach" but I guess that's what I'll be doing.
    I don't want to.
    I'll help them make them and remind them there's no quilt police, any "how to's" that I might know, etc.
    "Guiding", "suggesting", that's what I feel comfortable with, but teaching?
    They want me to be in front walking them through the process as each one of us individually make the same quilt.

    Mostly they'll be for charity but they also want to make at least one quilt each year for auctioning to raise money to use for church things (helping pay bills for parishioners, repairs, new computers at the church, etc).

    Don't get me wrong. I'm all for the above uses. And I'd love to help with the quilts.
    But "teach"?
    My knees are knocking.
    I'm very much a wallflower. I love being in the shadows.
    Our priest was standing there and told me, with a grin on his face, this might be God's way of helping me bloom. :shock:
    Bloom??? I'm too old to bloom!!! :)
    My grandkids should be blooming....

    Anyway, I'm going to do it. Not because of the priest (who I'm suggesting gets transferred immediately to someplace horrible!! :-D )
    but because I'm a sucker for quilting and want more people to see how fun and satisfying it can be, and what is a better way to spend an evening than surrounded by fabric, humming machines, common good goals, etc.
    We can even bring our kids and grandkids to watch and "help". Fun.

    I know I'm doomed....I'm going to do it.
    How have other wallflowers dealt with this?
    And where did you send your priest?

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    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.

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    Make a list?
    Great idea.
    See...I'm behind already lol

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    Be careful where you send priests...... ;^) You will do fine and have a great time. You'll see! Talk to the ladies and see if you can enlist a helper. Someone to hand out written information they can take home with them, help you help individually, things of that sort. You can do this..just compile a list of equipment they need, pick a simple block or pattern along with a fabric requirement list and go from there. You'll love it!

    Just remember.....you're never too old to bloom! Just think of the blessing you'll be to these women!:^)

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    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:

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    I haven't taught quilting, but I used to teach crochet. Keep in mind that everyone learns and works at a different pace. Many people will catch on quickly and love the craft --- some will never catch on and will hate quilting. Try to not take the negative Nellie's grumbles personally. Believe me, they will grumble, but it's not directed at you as a teacher.

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    I teach quilting weekly and the most important thing is to plan ahead and get organized so that there are no last minute "oops". Decide on the skill or techniques that you are demonstrating, make some samples, gather all of your supplies well ahead of time (check them off from a list)pack your needed things in an easily accessible bin or rubbermaid container, go a little early to get set up and relax. This will be interesting and you will be sharing great skills with others who will appreciate your efforts. Adults are usually eager students wanting to learn. You will probably learn something too even if it is not about quilting. As for your priest, send him to Canada as our charge is searching for a minister!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    make some samples.... As for your priest, send him to Canada as our charge is searching for a minister!
    Samples!! Another idea I hadn't thought of. Thanks!
    As for sending my priest to Canada...nope. He was born there....lol. And I said "someplace horrible"....I love Canada. I've been there alot.

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    LOL, sorry for laughing, but i was remembering my first class, i was so scared and once i got into it, everything was fine. You will do fine.

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    It sounds like you will be a great teacher!

    Just follow Shelbie's advice, and plan ahead. Everyone is there to learn because they want to, not have to like kids in school.

    Relax and enjoy! Anything you aren't sure about, you can always call on the knowledgeable people on this board.

    As for blossoming, remember Spring is coming, you will become a beautiful flower! :) :) :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    When I took my only quiliting class (at church) she gave us a folder with copies of the blocks we were going to make (and some extras). She also brought in some of her stash for us pull from.

    I don't think she had ever taught a class before, but we had a really good time.

    Remember to have fun, and everyone else will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    As for blossoming, remember Spring is coming, you will become a beautiful flower! :) :) :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Well HE does work in mysterious ways...lol
    But seriously, I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement from everyone here.

    As for my priest, I've known him all my life. Like an older brother. He's a year older than me and used to tease me endlessly in school. So when I say I want to send him someplace horrible......I mean it!! :lol: :lol:

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    You will do fine! as for your Priest I say put him behind a sewing machine and make him help!

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    I bet you'll do just fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    You will do fine! as for your Priest I say put him behind a sewing machine and make him help!
    :-D :-D :thumbup:
    Actually I think I will try to do that for a photo in the bulletin or newsletter. Oh I wish my brain worked like yours!

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    You are going to do great. If you are passionate about quilting it will come out in your teaching. You and your class are going to have a good time. All of my quiting teachers sit as much as standing because they have to demonstrate, so you should be able to sit in front of them most of the time and that way they can come up and look at what you are doing. You will probably be walking around more than standing up front. Do you have a podeum for when you are standing.

    You go girl. Easy for me to say, huh. :roll: I have been ask to teach also and I can stand in front of a group all day if it deals with politics, but I won't teach a class. I teach my friends all the time, but there is something about a structured class. :lol: I think once you get started you students will end up being quilting friends and it will be easy.

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    Pick up one of the Eleanor Burns books and just follow thru the instructions with your "class". Pick something like log cabin which is super easy. You can ad lib as you go but the bulk of the instruction is there so you don't have to work about missing some important detail. Just my thought!

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    Remember, they are to this also and there no teachers police in the group:)
    The students are going to think you are great and know everything they want to know. Smile and tell them all what a great job they are doing...
    I have been teaching tole painting then quilting for over 2o years, I remember the first class I taught, I called everyone I could think of to sign up for the class so I would not standing in front of strangers LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    ... I remember the first class I taught, I called everyone I could think of to sign up for the class so I would not standing in front of strangers LOL
    :-P :-P That's brilliant (and I'm going to steal the idea). Thanks

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    All I can think is, how wonderful you are to give your time. It may be a little uncomfortable for you at first, but I'll bet the rewards will be many. I hope you'll keep us posted on your journey. Big hugs for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Pick up one of the Eleanor Burns books and just follow thru the instructions with your "class".
    You guys are helping me so much!!
    I love the Eleanor Burns suggestion. I think I'll steal her trademark of ripping the fabric and tossing it. That sounds like it'll make everyone laugh. And maybe I can have the priest sweep it all up....I better stop with the priest sarcasm. :oops:

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    one thing the girls in my guild like when I show a technique is a supply list ahead of time....the newletter just tells them to bring blah blah...and then everyone has what they need. If these girls don't sew at all, scraps help alot. One girl just cut out scads of 3" squares and showed a nine patch...they had a finished block when they left and one girl had a quilt done (9 patch) the next month...really got into it LOL

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    Do you plan on using a rotery cutter? Have some demo's on how to use it safely, with the mat. I agree something simple such as a nine patch to start. have some handouts ready and some sample blocks to choose from. Are they bring supplies or are you supplying all? Get there early have a block cut out and have a cup of tea to relax you. You might be suprised to find that you are a GREAT teacher. Good luck.

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    Remember that you know something they don't know, and you are offering to share that knowledge with them. Also, HAVE FUN! (People tend to learn more when smiling, and you'll enjoy it more too.)

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    Where to start? I think the most important question to ask those interested is "have they ever sewn before". A lot will depend on the class's basic level of skill. I would make the first class show and tell of some of your work and then maybe a quilt in progress showing the various steps. As a handquilter I always made up pillowsize quilt sandwhiches with a simple line quilting motif. I then let them try their hand at handquilting. It isn't a quilt until it is quilted.
    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.
    If they are truly intersted then you can start with something as simple as a 4 patch using a wonderful print and a solid. It is a quick way to produce an attractive quilt with a minimum of cutting and piecing. In our instant world simplicity speeds up the process. When and if they master that you can move on to something more challenging.
    My church is currently celebrating it's 250th year of existance. We are creating an anniversary quilt. It will consist of paperpieced houses with hopefully a picture of each family in the congregation in the window of the house. I am embroidering the name of the family members on a white strip at the bottom of the house. The center of the quilt will be a large square with an embroidered line drawing of the building. We hope to machine embroider some Lutheran religious symbols like the Luther Rose in cornerstones of one of the borders. It is still a question of how and whom will do the actual quilting. We are having a paperpiecing workshop for those who are willing to assemble the house blocks.

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