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    I just had to reply to this post. Just last month, I started teaching my neighbor's daughter, she's 8, to sew. It was so much fun!! I started her off with 2 Irish chain blocks that I had left over from a previous quilt. She made a tote bag. Here are a couple of pictures, she was so proud of herself
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    CJC, aren't you sweet for teaching your little neighbor. Her tote bag turned out great. I think you might have a new best friend. You'll have to tell her you posted her picture so all of us could see how well she sews. :-D

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    I've taught one daughter and two grandaughters. One 9 yr old DGD took the Lewis and Clark BOM class that I taught at Hancock's. She did all the stitching when she came over to my house. I helped her to put it together as a quillow earlier this year. My youngest DD and her friend did the class {4-5 yrs ago} also, but have yet to sew their blocks together. My DD did take some of her stash home with her the last time she came. She always teased me about my stash, but during the time she worked at Hancock's her stash was bigger than mine. She has made purses, diaper bags, and now plans on making sundresses etc for her 20 month old. Both DGD go with me to my Quilt group and work on projects mostly when school is out. They are 14 and 9 now, but started when they were 9 and 4. I'm already working on both youngest DGD that are 20mo and 21mo. I keep the 21mo during the week while Mom and Dad work. She likes to sit on my lap watching all the pictures on the board, and playing in my sewing room. She has her own shelf, although she wants to help me sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    CJC, aren't you sweet for teaching your little neighbor. Her tote bag turned out great. I think you might have a new best friend. You'll have to tell her you posted her picture so all of us could see how well she sews. :-D
    I took her to my LQS last Saturday..OMG.. It was too cute. She is the oldest of 4 ..the other 2 girls are 6 and 3 and she has a 11 month old baby brother. I take turns taking the 3 girls to do something special. It's so much fun.

    We don't have any children of our own, so we are doubly blessed that we have those in our lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjc
    We don't have any children of our own, so we are doubly blessed that we have those in our lives.
    Years ago we had elderly (HA, they were in their 50's LOL)neighbors. They were both career people, no children. I was 11 at the time and I dearly loved this couple as if they were my grandparents. Anyway, I would go visit them every evening when they got home from work (they assured me I wasn't a pest) to talk with them. They liked having a martini before dinner, so in quick order I learned how to make the perfect martini :!: When they were ready to make dinner I would go home just to come back when it was time to do dishes. I helped them every night, and yet my mother could never get me to help at home. It just seemed like more fun at their house.
    Anyway, I guess I was their "adopted daughter".

    I think teaching your neighbor how to sew is a much more practical idea :-D :-D :-D

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    My DGD is only 9 months old so I have to wait a while to teach her. I have taught children to sew. They have to be tall enough for their feet to reach the floor, or rest on a small stool. I think my youngest was 8.

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    I have taught children in 4H, and girl scouts, and in a homeschool program. It has always been a blast!
    The homeschool experience was part of a pioneer unit, and the children had to learn hand sewing, rather than machine. They loved making something they could take home and hang on their walls. Anyway, I lost count of the number of children.
    It has included my girls, so maybe someday I will get to teach their children, too. (If the girls don't beat me to it! :lol: )

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    my oldest dd had no interest in anything to do with sewing in any form, but my youngest dd 16 1/2 has been sewing for a few years with me, and my ddil is quilting with me too...

    it really is a good time when we are all in the studio together...

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    First I taught 3 10yr old grands. Two girls, one boy. Then a 7yr old grandson with a full cast on his right arm. From there to his second grade class to make a Linus Project quilt. Now teaching needle turn applique' to a 25 yr old granddaughter. Started them all with 4 patches. Luv it !

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    I was able to home school my youngest son, he is now 24 but he tried to start a kids quilt block exchange when he was about 8 but we could not get anyone to really do this. He did make about 12 blocks that he sent to kids that were suppose to sent blocks back to him but they never did so he lost interest.

    Good news is, he can sew.

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    i sure try to teach my boys i have tree i am just learning to so its a fun way to spend time with them in my avatar is my 14yr old he loves to sew makes lots of pillows....but i was told i could not put this pic on facebook so i used it here so he don't see lol

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    Does my 34 yr.old count since she is my kid? No other kids around here to teach. We are out in the country and the kids are too busy with sports and such anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    Quote Originally Posted by cjc
    We don't have any children of our own, so we are doubly blessed that we have those in our lives.
    Years ago we had elderly (HA, they were in their 50's LOL)neighbors. They were both career people, no children. I was 11 at the time and I dearly loved this couple as if they were my grandparents. Anyway, I would go visit them every evening when they got home from work (they assured me I wasn't a pest) to talk with them. They liked having a martini before dinner, so in quick order I learned how to make the perfect martini :!: When they were ready to make dinner I would go home just to come back when it was time to do dishes. I helped them every night, and yet my mother could never get me to help at home. It just seemed like more fun at their house.
    Anyway, I guess I was their "adopted daughter".

    I think teaching your neighbor how to sew is a much more practical idea :-D :-D :-D
    Janet, Your message really resonates with me too. We were babysitting this young lad who was five years old while his grandmother took some courses. His bus dropped him off at our house that he recognized because we have a full-size teepee in the front. We always told the neighborhood children that we were a "safe house" and that we were the retired old folks living there. One day this young fellow asked me if I would sew his jacket that his mother (who was stationed in Korea) had sent him. He also told me that his grandmother did not sew, and that he always saw me quilting. I checked with his grandmother (I didn't want to step on her toes) who was delighted that I would do this.

    He brought over his jacket and I mended it for him after which he asked what was I planning to cook that night. You get so much from these youngsters who are so bright and notice everything. When his grandmother asked him about us, his reply was priceless! He said that we were okay but that we didn't have any games on our computer!

    :lol: You can be sure we did not, because that five-year-old knew how to double-click the mouse and get into our business applications.

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    I am planning on teaching my 9 year old niece. We don't have any children. I think she would enjoy it.

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    I've taught my DGD to quilt. She has autism and lives with me. Quilting has been a Godsend for her, and so many of her austic traits have been an asset to her learning and actual construction. We began with hand piecing when she was 10. The first time she sat down to the machine to sew two pieces of a quilt, she was hooked!!!!!!!! She is 16 now and "designs" her own blocks. I am anxious for summer so we can work on PP and more complicated designs. The quilting has also helped with her math skills (which are very very difficult for her).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjc
    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    CJC, aren't you sweet for teaching your little neighbor. Her tote bag turned out great. I think you might have a new best friend. You'll have to tell her you posted her picture so all of us could see how well she sews. :-D
    I took her to my LQS last Saturday..OMG.. It was too cute. She is the oldest of 4 ..the other 2 girls are 6 and 3 and she has a 11 month old baby brother. I take turns taking the 3 girls to do something special. It's so much fun.

    We don't have any children of our own, so we are doubly blessed that we have those in our lives.

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    My granddaughter is 6 and has been sewing with me for 2 years, mostly her picking out the fabric and the fancy stitch she wanted me to use. This Christmas she sewed on my Phaff and made a blanket. She sewed about the edge and than we turned it " she even remined me that i had pinned all the way around and did not leave an opening for turning the blanket inside out. I had showed her my featherweight and told her that when i died she could have it. She had gotten a little tiny sewing from Santa, and when i left the room deciced that she should learn how to thread it, i was trying to get it going for her and was having some trouble and she told me that she had rethreaded the machine, she had done it right but had the thread wrapped and around the spindle i told her next time maybe i should help her, and she ask me "if you can not get my machine to work can i have the one "now" that you said that i can have when you die"! I had my 21 year old GD make a quilt when she was 10, but she had not sewn since. I do have 2 featherweights just in case she changes her mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deenie
    I had showed her my featherweight and told her that when i died she could have it. she ask me "if you can not get my machine to work can i have the one "now" that you said that i can have when you die"!
    Priceless :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I really wish I had a little one to teach. They get so excited when they succeed. The memories of these days will be with them for a lifetime...nothing better than that!

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    I taught my DD to sew but she has never shown an interest in quilting. I started one of my DGD sewing at the age of five (although she was helping me long before that) she is now eight years old. I bought her a small machine but she likes mine better so when she comes here I give up my machine to her. She is currently working on a quillo. She loves to go through my stash and looking her at the pictures of all the beautiful quilts. I have another DGH that is eight months old so hoping that I have another student for the future.

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    Hi I have taught my 3 DGD to quilt. Two of them love pp and the older one just likes piecing. We have a lot of fun when we sew together.

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    My great grandmother had me thread needles for her when she could not see the eye well. In my minds eye, I still see the two of us standing in the kitchen and her asking, can you see the eye on this needle, then can you get the thread through it. Several times that particular day, she brought her needle and thread to me and this a memory I will chrish as long as I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana2
    My great grandmother had me thread needles for her when she could not see the eye well. In my minds eye, I still see the two of us standing in the kitchen and her asking, can you see the eye on this needle, then can you get the thread through it. Several times that particular day, she brought her needle and thread to me and this a memory I will chrish as long as I live.
    This reminds me of my 8 year old grandaughter, She always says "Let me tread it grandma, I can see better" She just got glasses and this was before she had them! I hope it is a memory for her as it is for you.

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    I taught my granddaughter and my niece. They were very interested so that made it easy and fun. They made purses, lap quilts, and applique tee shirts. I helped with a quilt shop's summer quilt class for kids. It was a disaster. It was more like drop the mouthy brat off to be babysitted all day.

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    I teach any time I get the opportunity. Currently I'm teaching quilting to three students from a local charter high school - It's one of their none-core, or optional, classes. It's been fun and I hope to do it again. I also teach one-on-one or one-on-two to adults who have never had the chance to learn quilting or who have been afraid to try.

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    I am planning to have a quilting group with some of the kids in the neighborhood this summer at the association's clubhouse. One requirement will be that 12 and under will have a parent with them. Another requirement will be that there are phone numbers to reach all other parents and that they will be called to remove any disruptive child from the class. Hope this works.

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