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    Put together a PPT that highlights the history including the aspect of necessity, frugality and creativity. Then note that even today quilters look to resuse materials while expressing their creativity.
    Point out how the actual quilting has become an art by itself and how through appliques and paper piecing and other new quilting and cutting tools quilters can create artwork at at much more reasonable time. (Show always an example of what you are discussing)
    Also, show a simple block can be arranged differently to create a new design. Note that quilters utilize new fabrics and colors that are in style at given time in fashion and home decor. Thus quilters go along with current fashion and home decor trends.
    Finally, show examples of some of the newly created fabrics and how they allow even greater creativity.
    Of course if you actually show how to do it or even better hand out pieces (or picts of ) they can manipulate into a pattern your audience will be actively engaged and understand how appropriate quilting is today.
    Congrats upon your graduation and continued best wishes!

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    Since you are an accountant, the statistics of quilting may be important. You could also reference the enormous online marketplace of products for sale- not just thread and fabric but online classes, tutorials, DVDs, & customizable quilting furniture, the hundreds if not thousands of 20 somethings to grannies and everyone in between blogging about their hobby (many with sponsorship from fabric manufacturers) & YouTube videos. First of all let's not skip Eleanor Burns... And who would have thought you could have a career writing fictitious books around the hobby of quilting? Jennifer Chiaverini, Beverly Lewis, and others... And what about the men in the industry from the country singer and quilt designer, Ricky Tims, to the men who are great longarmers? Quilting is not just a stereotypical little old lady ANYMORE! We are men, women, different colors, races, religions and occupations but we are a charitable group of folks. I would highlight the national charity quilt programs, the call for quilts in disaster situations (tornado, floods, earthquake/tsunami in Japan), local church groups, etc. It is a worldwide industry full of opportunities and fun.

    Here are some blogs and websites:

    http://heartlandbeat.com/2012/04/hen...on-quilt-show/
    http://www.quiltdad.com/ or if you are doing Power Point showcase Donisewman from QB
    http://blackthreads.blogspot.com/
    http://tttl1998.blogspot.com/
    http://projectlinus.org/
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    I would start with, "Who do you see standing here before you? A student? Yes. A soon to be graduate? Yes. (Add a few other things that apply, then continue with..) What you won't guess is that I am a quilter! Yes folks, quilting is not just something your grandmother did anymore. Children as young as 8 are taking up this fulfilling... etc, etc.

    Be sure to comment on how many of us use quilt donations as our way of remaining a contributing member of our community and of society in general!!! You go girl!!
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    The suggestion to check out why quilts matter was a great idea. My local PBS station has been playing excerpts from that for some time. Did you know that quilting is a $3 billion dollar industry? I have been thinking about purchasing the Why Quilts Matter DVD for my own collection.

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    Quilting has really evolved from a standpoint of expressiveness and creativity through basic need to one of creativity for the joy of creation, with a multitude of reasons in between. But simply put, quilting satisfies the need that both men and women have to create something of beauty that can also be functional.

    The art of quilting is both visual and tactile. We love to look at quilts and we love the feel of quilts, both for their warmth and just because the fabrics feel good.

    In the process of learning to quilt, life skills are learned - patience, the ability to follow directions, mathematical skills, the visual ability to choose various fabrics that will be pleasing when cut up and sewn back together.

    Quilting is theraputic - when we are immersed in the work of quilting, whether cutting, ironing, piecing, or the actual quilting of the whole, our minds are at rest from worrying about all the trials life brings.

    Quilting binds generations and families together, marking important milestones such as births, marriages, and deaths.

    Imagine for a second what a 100 year old quilt could tell us about its life and that of its owners if it could talk!

    And because of quilters, a multi-million dollar business has arisen, driven by the needs of quilters, by innovative quilters, writers, and creators.

    But the overarching truth about quilting is that it is just plain fun!
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    You might also consider discussing the wonderful groups of quilters that dedicate many hours to making quilts for Quilts of Valor and Wounded Warriors as well as many homeless shelters, battered womens shelters, prayer quilts and quilts for children who are ill. The amount of love that goes into these worthwhile charities is beyond measure and shares a love of quilting like no other way.

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    Hey Michele! Small world. Good look with your project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michelehuston View Post
    I am in my final quarter of college and will have my degree in accounting in 5 weeks! Yay! My problem lies in the fact that I have been trying to fo an informative speech for a week now and my brain is so fried that I cannot even form correct thoughts! I am doing my speech on quilting and how it is not just something 'your grandmother used to do' but how it has become an art form as well. Can anyone toss a couple ideas, a few sentences that I can use to help demonstrate where I am coming from. Like I said, my brain is mush! Six months ago this would have been easy, but this last quarter has really pushed me beyond limits! I just need a month in my sewing room to get back to normal. Thank you all in advance!!!
    Quilting has become painting with fabric from landscapes to geometrics and traditional patterns. Something for everyone. Good luck on your speech and the CPA exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I did a presentation on quilting for 2 of my classes (I will be done with my Associates Degree in Registered Vet Tech in 5 months!!!). I focused on the history of quilting re: why women quilted, what supplies they had available, quilting bees as a social activity for the prairie women, when the sewing machine was invented, etc. I then went on to the inventions that have made the process of quilting easier: Fabric in abundance, Scissors, rotary cutters, plexiglass templates vs. paper, rulers, printed patterns, die cut machines, advanced sewing machines, long arm machines. I discussed how quilting is not only a utility need but also quilts that are made just for show, quilt shows etc. I also took in some of my quilts for visual aids!

    I just tried to find my report on my computer but I guess I did it before my computer crashed and the mother board had to be replaced. I could dig to see if I have a hard copy of it if you would be interested in seeing it, I would be willing to share!!!
    I had an art class and they told us to do a paper on any kind of art. I asked if I could sew a quilt and they said yes. I did a doll quilt and did a paper giving the history of quilting and why people made quilts. I also said that people used what they had available such as old clothing. At the end of my paper I told how some people made or left imperfections as it was bad luck to have a perfect quilt. One of my classmates asked if that was why I made my quilt crooked. I laughed and said no I hadn't even noticed it was crooked.

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    My daughter just presented her senior project for collage, it was on quilting. She is going into middle school math and designed a quilt square for her collage.After weeks of reshearch she picked a block.That was hung last week on the music building at Lenior-Rhyne university You can talk about how the quilt trail blocks has put a new twist on a old way of life, how much math plays a part in ,the need for having a eye for colors how they blend and play off each other. How history is told in some blocks and the quilters ability to create art from fabric and thread Good Luck>
    Quote Originally Posted by michelehuston View Post
    I am in my final quarter of college and will have my degree in accounting in 5 weeks! Yay! My problem lies in the fact that I have been trying to fo an informative speech for a week now and my brain is so fried that I cannot even form correct thoughts! I am doing my speech on quilting and how it is not just something 'your grandmother used to do' but how it has become an art form as well. Can anyone toss a couple ideas, a few sentences that I can use to help demonstrate where I am coming from. Like I said, my brain is mush! Six months ago this would have been easy, but this last quarter has really pushed me beyond limits! I just need a month in my sewing room to get back to normal. Thank you all in advance!!!

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    Might be a good idea to also note the cominalty of quilters old and new.
    Also referr to the fact that quilting has always been a "modern" craft, women through the ages have relied on quilting to express their point of views politically and culturaly, the patterns and the fabric used were also "modern" throughout the ages as well.
    See this article: http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/articles.htm

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    Don'tt mean to add more confusion but addinginfo on underground RR and controversy would be artful too

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    For me sewing, quilting, any handwork is like a zen meditation. I know in the past...my own included quilting was a necessity. I needed warm bedclothes for my children, I had very little money but a reliable sewing machine. I did sew clothes for myself and my children as well as household needs. With thrift sales, and reusing outgrown clothing I found fabric for all these things. Now my children are grown (although they tell me they still need lots of quilts.) I still thrift fabric but money is not an issue and I have five reliable machines...my first one included. I love to start a pattern, it is the puzzle, making the quilt is the solving of the puzzle. My mind is engaged my hands are busy, a Zen state. Some times however I just want rote hand gestures so my mind can go free, meditation. I don't seem to be able to just sit and not think, but I can sit in the shade of fine tree, or in a warm and comfy chair and crochet beanies, or do some handwork and let my mind roam a universe of thought. I think it has always been this way from a neolithic fisherman mending his nets to the most dedicated long armer swooping through a feathered swirl. What is different now is that I do not need sew unless I want to. My kids are neck deep in quilts, they could buy a blanket if they wanted too, or just turn up the heat, but still I sew and still they ask for quilts. Quilting and sewing now feeds a need other than family care. It feeds my mind, and my soul. I told my sons that when I die I am going to leave behind lots of sewing stuff, fabric, machines, et al but don't get rid of it because I am coming back and I want it. My son Vern laughed and said "you know Mom, if ten years or so after you pass a little girl shows up at the door and says I am here for the sewing stuff, I would not be a bit surprised". I feel that when you are released from need, your passions can become art, no matter how homey the offering. Who is to say that a Rembrandt masterpiece is any more intrinsically valuable than a wonderful blackberry cobbler from hand picked berries that grow wild on a fence, consumed in a dusky August twilight, sitting on the porch with a tall ice tea to wash it down. Now that is artful.
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    i have always been impressed with the fact that anything that started as a "common" enterprise eventually becomes art. painting on a cave wall has been refined to works that take our breath away. wrought iron, a staple since early times, has become an amazing art form. cooking--something used to keep us merely fed, has been elevated to an art form, as has clothing, writing, music--and quilting. a basic form, used to keep families warm, using available materials like old clothing, corn husks, paper, wool, cotton, etc, has been turned into a celebration of what was once common. the used clothing has instead become fantastic fabric designed for beauty, nostalgia, embellishment; and the stitching once learned at a mother's side has become art in its own right.

    the human mind and heart is a wonderful playground for creativity, and we need to do just that--create. it keeps us alive.
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    Since your degree is in accounting, you might also incorporate how much MATH is involved and the importance of understanding numbers! I am a CPA and I wish I had learned quilting a lot younger...lol.
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    Don't know if you could work it into your speech, but for me quilting is not only a creative outlet, but also a way to donate something special and unique to another person.

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    Quilting Arts daily blog may give you some topics to jog your creative juices:

    http://www.quiltingdaily.com/blogs/q...y/default.aspx

    Congratulations on your achievement!

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    It looks like you have received some very helpful ideas, but I just want to add my congratulations to you on getting your degree. That is something you can be very proud of. Good luck with your presentation.
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    Show some Landscape quilts or the Patriotic quilts going to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. I can't wait to see the huge A+ you'll receive on your informative speech. Good luck!!

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    I have a powerpoint I made to teach the history of quilting to my class. I would be glad to forward it to you if you private message me with your email. I have presented it several times at quilt shows and to community groups. I don't know if it has anything you can use or not, but I would be glad to share it with you.
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    Good idea. Visuals are always good in a presentation.

    Thoughts I'd include:

    1) Quilting uses and encourages mathematical thinking and logic - much like carpentry.
    2) Requires understanding of geometry - although many of us don't really think we have an understanding of geometry.
    3) Encourages personal relationship building, collaboration and teamwork.
    4) Keeps learning skills intact for your entire life.
    5) Allows one be a good citizens through charity work.
    6) Encourages family relationships through teaching, learning and giving to family members.

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    I would talk about the quilts that were made during the civil war period.Many of the quilts that were made then have great stories. Check out a few books from the library about this its very interesting.

    The patterns and colors are a lot different than what were doing now.Most of the fabric is from clothing that was worn
    back then. Lots of history about quilts.Good luck and God Bless.
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    Wow!!! The ideas are just over-flowing!!While I do the quilting that Grandma did, it is therapeutic for me. I work w/ middleschool kids and there are so many days I come home flat out mentally spent!!! Quilting allows me to erase my day. I also love the camaraderie that I have formed w/ the ladies I quilt w/ during the summer - We really do solve all of the world's problems weekly in those 3 hours.

    To bring it into the modern age, I saw this quilt at the International Quilt Show that was in Cinti last month - It was amazing!!!! The pictures don't do this quilt justice. But, look at what someone did!! And w/ current technology - I found the process amazing, too!

    http://www.thesupper.net/
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    I didn't read all of the answers, but I would think that the colors used in the quilts and the actual quilting could be used. Don't forget scrappy quilts maybe also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois View Post
    If you are giving a speech, I think your topic of quilting is too broad. You could teach a whole semester on the topic! You need to narrow the field so it doesn't become "mush". Maybe you could demonstrate the tools of grandmother and the ones of today, explain the difference in the cost of a blanket and a quilt, the differences in fabrics, etc. But even these may be too broad. Narrow your topic and I think you will not have as much trouble with the process.
    I agree with this. Since it's an informative speech, give info on something about quilting that you really enjoy and know a lot about. I like the idea of the math involved.

    Someone questioned quilting as a topic to use with accounting students. A gazillion years ago I was a Home Economics student in the College of Agriculture (yeah, go figure). We were in classes with students from all of the colleges. Our speech class had a variety of majors represented. I remember there being chemistry majors, teachers, etc. WE learned from this group. Everyone used their field of expertise as topics for their speeches. I can remember giving a speech on How to apply a button. Some of these guys lived in the dorm with no mom available to replace their shirt buttons. A few weeks later, one of them came up to me and thanked me for giving that speech because he had had to use that info already.
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