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    We are hosting a Founders' Day at our school on May 1, and I have been contacted to suggest some type of quilting activity - perhaps a collective sewing of pre-cut squares or whatever - that might engage the interest of children anywhere from preschool to 6th grade. At our Sunday School, I know children of all ages have been very enthusiastic about using yarn and a big needle to stitch together knitted and crocheted squares, but I won't have anything like that ready for May 1.

    I found one project idea at the Linus Project (http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/NoSewFB.pdf ) but I am sure there are other ideas out there. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

    I should clarify, I am really hoping for something that is mostly do-able that day!

    Elizabeth

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    If you have volunteers to help, you could have the kids each design and color a quilt block. Each grade level would do what they can. i.e. The preschool kids could be given a block to just color. Then put blocks together into quilts. I did this and really enjoyed it.

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    My grandchildren ages 5&8 & I just made the Zee character from Nickjr website. No sew just cut out, glue and stuff. Of course I did the cutting. They seemed to enjoy it.

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    I agree, in fact I was teaching at a community college and had my students do a block. I wanted to get to know them and had white blocks and took crayons and markers. I had some that were sad but most of them did a good job. I needed some way to connect and this really helped :lol: :lol:

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    I haven't tried crayons on fabric, but from what I've read here, it works nicely after it is set with heat.

    Anyone have a comment on this? Kids are familiar with crayons.

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    Years ago we used crayons and we used fabric markers. They both worked well. Markers were a little too messy for me to use with preschool and kinder(But that's just me), but they were great for 1st and up.

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    lap robes for area nursing homes - see link

    http://www.thecraftstudio.com/qwc/qu...di/laprobe.htm

    other ideas at that site too

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    I'm sorry - can I check what you mean? Did you trace a pattern of the Zee character, cut it out in advance, let the children glue it inside out to a backing fabric with fabric glue, and then stuff and glue the opening?


    Quote Originally Posted by Granna of 5
    My grandchildren ages 5&8 & I just made the Zee character from Nickjr website. No sew just cut out, glue and stuff. Of course I did the cutting. They seemed to enjoy it.

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    We did the kids' handprints on squares and crayon drawings on others for a retiring teacher many years ago. Sashing and binding done in school colors. Turned out so cute!

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    thank you for these ideas-

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    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millio...s/RollItUp.pdf

    Could they do something along these lines? Big stitches wouldn't matter too much for a simple pillowcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I haven't tried crayons on fabric, but from what I've read here, it works nicely after it is set with heat.

    Anyone have a comment on this? Kids are familiar with crayons.
    I have made quilt blocks with students in my classroom, age 10-11. I have squares precut backed with freezer paper. I have students do tesselations on the blocks. I then use an old towel or paper towels to iron the wax out of the blocks. You need to make sure you cover the iron so it doesn't ruin. Kids love it!

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    I like the idea of heat setting crayons for a quilt. :)

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    [quote=eam4603]I'm sorry - can I check what you mean? Did you trace a pattern of the Zee character, cut it out in advance, let the children glue it inside out to a backing fabric with fabric glue, and then stuff and glue the opening?


    Quote Originally Posted by Granna of 5
    My grandchildren ages 5&8 & I just made the Zee character from Nickjr website. No sew just cut out, glue and stuff. Of course I did the cutting. They seemed to enjoy it.
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    Yes I cut the pattern out of felt using blue felt for body yellow for feet and pink for flower, then I let them glue the the feet to the back and lay the front piece on top. Glue all around except for small opening to stuff in. This way you have no turning. I also used black & white felt for eyes. They turned out great.

    I went to the nick jr web site and printed off the pattern.

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    Thank you Granna of 5.
    [quote=Granna of 5]
    Quote Originally Posted by eam4603
    I'm sorry - can I check what you mean? Did you trace a pattern of the Zee character, cut it out in advance, let the children glue it inside out to a backing fabric with fabric glue, and then stuff and glue the opening?


    Quote Originally Posted by Granna of 5
    My grandchildren ages 5&8 & I just made the Zee character from Nickjr website. No sew just cut out, glue and stuff. Of course I did the cutting. They seemed to enjoy it.
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    Yes I cut the pattern out of felt using blue felt for body yellow for feet and pink for flower, then I let them glue the the feet to the back and lay the front piece on top. Glue all around except for small opening to stuff in. This way you have no turning. I also used black & white felt for eyes. They turned out great.

    I went to the nick jr web site and printed off the pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I haven't tried crayons on fabric, but from what I've read here, it works nicely after it is set with heat.

    Anyone have a comment on this? Kids are familiar with crayons.
    Yes, I have used crayons on quilts and love doing one with crayons. I am currently or should I say have a UFO that I am using crayons. It is a quilt of the 50 states outlined, with state birds, flowers and dates, the back will have stars of all 50 states. I am using a simple trampunto method for both front and back. The name of the book for stars is 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars by Carol Doak, you might look that book up and it will give you an idea of the stars I am using.
    I recently did a baby quilt that I colored center blocks with a cowboy in each block. Go to Cowboy quilt under my name and view that one. I have not posted my states quilts yet. I highly recommend that should you use this and if anyone colors their blocks using any color very dark, that you heat set that portion of the block before any other color is put on the block, sometimes the colors tend to run when the colors are done like that, but the runs can be coverd up with another dark color. By dark I don't mean blue or black perse, but any color that is colored darkly. Ask me how I know. I love doing crayons on quilts. I just outlined very lightly with a sharp pencil my design and went from there.
    Setting the colors is easy but needs to be done by an adult. I think Crafty Bear posted a site to explain that part.
    Be sure and post what you have done. If I can help on this method, just pm me.

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    Maybe get some cheap fleece or batting and make "blankies" for shelter animals? Kids love to help out homeless animals.

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    If you let the kids color their blocks, make sure they know about the seam allowance so the design doesn't get lost in the edge when you sew them together...I know this from experience!!

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    That sounds like it has potential, but do you have more a more detailed idea than just having children cut out small blankets? I am a whole lot less creative than the organizer of this event seems to think! :?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    Maybe get some cheap fleece or batting and make "blankies" for shelter animals? Kids love to help out homeless animals.

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