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    I taught 2 of my sisters how to quilt. I also taught my daughter to quilt. She started when she was 6 and is now 12. She got her own sewing machine for Christmas 2009. She has made about 10 quilts already, ranging in size from 24" x 30" to lap size. I also taught my Girl Scout troop to quilt--they made 12 quilts for Project Linus. I taught my 4-H group to sew. They all made pillows. I think it is great when kids want to learn.
    It thrills me when someone asks for my help either sewing or quilting.

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    My three sons have no interest...maybe they'll find girls that will want to learn??? OR better yet, they'll already know how!!!

    But, I grew up in a sewing home and having a sewing machine around is second nature to me!

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    My mother and sister both quilt, and my 8 year old granddaughter would love to learn. She spends the time at my home going through my stash and planning out quilts she wants to make. She also designs quilts on pieces of paper, and is very clever with her instructions. She has great abbreviations for the colors in the quilt, too. She has a little notebook that she keeps her designs in, and when I see her, she rips them out and gives them to me to keep. I had a recent foot surgery and so wasn't able to get down to the sewing room for the last few months. DH is newly diagnosed with leukemia and will be starting chemotherapy soon, so it's not likely I will get to spend much time with her, teaching her to quilt, not for awhile anyway.. My daughter, her mother, isn't really interested in learning to quilt--at least not yet. My GD, Emily, has her own little sewing machine, but doesn't know how to use it. My youngest daughter might be more interested in quilting someday too, once her baby is a bit older. My oldest son made quilted potholders when he was in highschool, and he did a fantastic job! My DH has learned to quilt in the last year or so--and I think he does a better job at some things than I do.

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    None of mine are interested in quilting. Wish they were.
    Still hoping that one day I can leave all my stash to one of them LOL
    But, they do love their quilts, always wanting another one.

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    well my Grannie taught me to sew. So far out of 4 dd's only 1 has any interest in sewing. Both the older girls can fix seams, hem pants, take up pants (not good but...) but ONLY when they have to! DD #3 is a total clutz with any needle! lol! DD #4 though.....is going to be the one! She's 10 and has already designed and made most of her first quilt. She found a pic online of a quilt she liked, drew out what she wanted, picked her fabric, helped cut it out, and sewed the rows. I put the rows together and will more than likely do the actual quilting for her though. She is always in there making something on the sewing machine! For Christmas I got her her very own little sewing kit and she was thrilled with that!

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    My 22 year old daughter designed & made a quilt a few years ago but hasn't made another. My 25 yr. old daughter has shown no interest in sewing. I got my abilities from my mom, who always sewed & still does at 87! I remember always going with her to Cloth World when I was little. She's never quilted, though.

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    Interesting question. I started "sewing" at abt. 6 yrs. old by making doll dresses for my storybook dolls by pinning them together. Learned to sew at my grandmother's knee. My oldest dau. sewed when she wanted something. She put things together as fast as possible, just to get them done. She was not into the process as much as the result. When my middle daughter took home-ec, she made a vest which was meticulously done. I couldn't find a mistake on it. She hated doing it and hasn't touched a machine yet. She did such a beautiful job because she is a perfectionist. Youngest dau. has sewn some, mainly when she wants something, like older dau., but she would rather be outside and is more likely to build a birdhouse than make a dress. I have given my oldest my old machine and I think she is going to do more sewing now. Her youngest is graduating high school this year, so she is having more time these days.

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    For me the reverse is true. I always sewed, mainly clothing for my children and crafty things, but my daughter started a course in soft home furnishing and had to make a quilted cushion. I liked what I saw and have now become addicted, but unfortunately she gave it up! None of my grandchildren seems to have the inclination, but I live in hope that the youngest who was born on my birthday just over a year ago will inherit my love of sewing and quiltmaking, so I can leave her all my paraphernalia, (you know what I mean). My son is creative so there is hope. By the way, I was hopeless in the school needlework class, I hated being told what to make and it showed.

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    I took home ec in high school and learned sewing. My sister gave me a certificate for a beginners quilting class and I was hooked! My mom gave her machine and then she saw all the quilts I was making and she got hooked. She got a machine and is making quilts now. I even got my SIL to quilt too! YEAH. My DMIL sews clothes. I might even get my other SIL to start.

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    My mother taught me to sew and I used to hand quilt with her, years ago. Now I would get my gd's in the summer time and I taught them all to sew, I have a sewing machine for each of them when they turn 18 and the oldest will get hers in april.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    How many of you have passed on your love of quilting or just plain sewing. I taught all of my kids the basics, but NONE of them sew or quilt. I don't think my only daughter even owns a needle & thread :roll: But then she has me fairly close, so that may be why! They are all crafty, just in different ways. I am now teaching my 12 year old grandson to sew. Maybe I was to stringent with "DON'T TOUCH MY SEWING MACHINE" when they were little :oops: :oops:
    I taught my daughter years ago and she made a quilt but lost interest after sewing the top ( huge 8 inch squares) and my mom and I tied it for her..later she was dating a fireman and made him a cute fireman quilt and hand quilted it herself. I watched her work hours on that..and now she has been married to him three years and has a 15 month old girl and another on the way. She loves getting quilts I make and for baby, in fact working on one now. I look forward to the day I can teach my granddaughter this too.
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    I started sewing when I was 8. My Mom sewed and my
    grandma could make anything without a pattern. I can't!
    Both quilted that I remember. I didn't get the bug until
    the 90's' Even though I took my first class in the 80's.
    Have taught at least 2 of my 4 kids to sew. Have taught
    my two grandsons to make pillowcases.But now They want more
    fabric to make pillowcases,usually I don't want to part
    with what they choose, I created 2 Monsters.

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    I love these pictures of the girls sewing! Here's the quilt my DD designed & made herself.
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    I have two adult children now. We did all kinds of things when they were growng up: counted cross stitch, needlepoint, ceramics, drawing and painting. I know how to crochet, knit, sew. I am a self-taught quilter. Right now I am doing hand quilting: Grandmother's flower garden. My grandmother was a dressmaker in the sweat shops of New York City back in the day. My other grandmother loved to crochet. My mother use to crochet. In junior high school, I learned to sew, plus learned some tips and tricks from my mother and grandmother. I have passed on (didn't realize how much until she told me) a lot of these things to my children. My daughter said if it wasn't for me, she wouldn't know how to sew. I was so pleased when she said that. Yes, it is good to pass on. We both have a love for fabric and color and creativity.

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    I sewed almost everything for my two girls until they were at that age where they wanted the jeans- and - t-shirt wardrobe. I made prom dresses and costumes, etc. When they got to high school, they enrolled in a couple of Home Economics and did a little sewing then, but didn't keep it up. The older one began sewing after she had a child and wanted specific things for her (and to save money). The younger one made one garment and hung up her shears.

    Now the older one does heirloom sewing, etc. She has awesome machines (and her daughter doesn't like the heirloom look) so the as the world turns (wink, wink). The younger daughter's child has an interest and has come with us to the Martha Pullen school in Huntsville a couple of times. She has her own machine, but it's now on hold as she is so involved in school extracurricula activites.

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    I have two daughters. The older one doesn't see how I can stand to put all those little stitches into a quilt. The younger one has done some quilting - even designed her own whole cloth quilt that I did for her wedding. Both daughters crochet. So neither has picked up the quilting bug, but neither do they have children, either! Sometimes it's those baby quilts that get them going. The older daughter is expecting in March, and I think she has done three crocheted afghans! So at least both of them are crafting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    How many of you have passed on your love of quilting or just plain sewing. I taught all of my kids the basics, but NONE of them sew or quilt. I don't think my only daughter even owns a needle & thread :roll: But then she has me fairly close, so that may be why! They are all crafty, just in different ways. I am now teaching my 12 year old grandson to sew. Maybe I was to stringent with "DON'T TOUCH MY SEWING MACHINE" when they were little :oops: :oops:
    Oldest GD had pants seam mended with big safety pin when staying with us. For Christmas I gave all three dorm-sized mini Janomes.

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    My two girls-now 26 & 28 both made a skirt and bookbag in 4H when they were young. neither sew now. they both did a little cross-stitch-neither do it now. i gavwe my son a sewing kit before he got married and he thought it was a joke! I said- at the very least when i come over, I'll have the stuff to sew buttons back on for you. Now he's married and moved far away so i can't even mend for him. the girls and grandsons live near me so i get their mending. The oldest GS(7) saw me knitting with a round loom and wanted to learn, so that's a beginning. I have helped my friend make 3 baby quilts- does that count?

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    I think it skips a generation. My grandmothers sewed (one clothing, the other quilts) My mother hated it, I am self taught and enjoy everything about sewing, my daughter tried but got frustrated and quit. She now bats her baby blues to get me to sew for her.

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    pretty purple quilt ;)

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    My mother was a knitter not a quilter - I hated knitting! I didn't start quilting until I was over 50, so my kids did not grow up around a sewing machine but I always did craft of some kind - painting, cross-stitch etc. My kids have always been crafty in some way (son is a carpenter, daughter is a designer jeweller) and now that they are older and in their own homes they are quite interested in my quilting.

    Daughter has purchased an overlocker to do some clothes/craft sewing for herself and DIL is showing interest in cross-stitching (my DH still cross-stitches).

    I think there is hope for a quilting future for both of them as they get a bit older.

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    My grandmother was a milliner. I understand that she and I have a lot in common - too bad she died when I was 2. Unfortunately, she was the most picky hand-crafter and she totally ruined my Mom's interest in it. Mom couldn't understand it when I started to teach myself handcrafts (knitting, embroidery) as a teenager and then of course quilting as an adult. I think grandma would be quite proud of me. (Although I would have to teach her that there is a reason it's called the back side and no, it does not need to be perfect on the back side)

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    My daughter could care less about sewing unless she needs an emergency fix.... both of my GD's aren't interested in sewing OR cooking (????!?) My middle GS (6) likes to make things for his stuffed animals, and his cat & dog, he likes to bake with me too ( I love that child the most!) he likes to do what I like to do. Here's a foto of him in his chefs hat.

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    A couple of years ago, I tried to pass on my love of quilting to a friend that kept admiring my quilts. I even gave her a sewing machine and bunches of fabric because she kept asking me if I could teach her. She never did anything with them, despite me offering several times to come over and help her. I think she just wanted me to make her a quilt of her own. I hated asking her back for the machine and the fabric because I would have felt like an Indian giver. Looking back on it, I wish I would not have been so generous without knowing for sure she was going to follow through. (She had four kids and I didn't want them in my house, unsupervised while we sewed, hence why I gave her the machine to use at her house.)

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    Don't give up hope. My youngest daughter just started sewing/quilting this past year at the age of 38. The first thing she made was a beautiful quilt. I am so proud of her. My other daughter made a knotted quilt for her dorm room back in college. She is too caught up with work, kids, etc. for that sort of thing now but I believe she may come back to it when her kids grow up and her life is not so hectic.

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