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Thread: Tears of Joy

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    Your post really touched my heart. I hope God just blesses and blesses you for your work. Children are our future... and quilting is universal. Keep up the wonderful work... and thank you for sharing. You made my day!

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    Reading this post has been the highlight of my day! God bless you!

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    What wonderful thing you are doing for these children. I have a suggestion for those that want to learn to hand quilt. Start them off with a darning needle and crochet thread. They can learn to control the needle as well as the length of their stitches. I did a quilt for my Dad about 10 years ago with the scraps from the shirts Mom made for him. I did a cross hatch stitch and used crochet thread and it was outstanding. Hope you can continue with this project. Send me your address and I will go through my wealth of scraps and see what I can send to help you out. Sally F.

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    Think of the things that are made out of jeans.Quilts, pillows and bags.Library has books.

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    Please post what size or kind of fabric would be best for you. I truely belive the Lord has lead me to learn to quilt to bless others. Yes I will make for my extended family but my main goal is to bless others with my newly acquired skill. So please post your address and any needs for this program. If I or my quilting friends can help we would love to.

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    Are there other things you need besides the fabric, like thread?

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    Great point...batting, thread, scissors, straight pins, rulers let us kow as many would want to help

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    Quote Originally Posted by genevieve
    Great point...batting, thread, scissors, straight pins, rulers let us kow as many would want to help
    batting (twin size) and we could use a couple more pairs of scissors. Several people have offered to send thread

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    I told the children that alot of people are going to send them goodie boxes. They asked me alot of questions like:

    Mrs. Debbie these people don't even know us. I told them all about the board and how you fine folks help others and that you guys were proud I was teaching them to quilt.

    Mrs. Debbie are you telling us that people in a bunch of states are sending us stuff. I told them yes and I think it would be fun to have a blank map of the US and then every time they get a box that they could color in the state. They thought this was a neat idea, but wanted to know what happens if more that one box comes from a state. I asked them what they thought we could do and they said we could also have a sheet with names and states and make tickle (tick) marks.

    You have help me teach these children how nice it is to think of others and want to help.

    I don't always tell them the answers to the problem, but ask what do you think we need to do to fix it, they can figure out alot of the problem just by taking a step back and thinking.

    They have started making Thank You cards for everyone. I have been teaching them to use thank you, your welcome, please and just to be polite. They want to thank each of you and I told them that this is what I have been trying to teach them about being polite to others and how sometime good things happen when you don't expect them to.

    I want to thank each one of you for helping me with the wonderful work I do with these children. I was never able to have children of my own, but each one of these children are "MY KIDS". I Love my job and now it will be alot easier because of the caring folks on this board. GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF YOU!

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    God bless you for teaching those wonderful children the joys of quilting.

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    You are an inspiration to all of us. Kids want to be creative and enjoy the time you spend with them. What wonderful memories YOU are making for yourself and these kids.I think you are a special person and these kids will keep you in their hearts and memories forever.God Bless You!

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    I also would like to send some fabric and thread may I get an address to send them to.

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    what fun

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    It is absolutely amazing what children can accomplish when given the right tools and a caring guide. You are giving these children skills, love and memories that will last the rest of their lives. I want to help by sending some fabric. PM'd you.

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    How wonderful of you to do this. I just wish my little 8 year old gd lived close enough to teach her.

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    I would love to help out, and send an envelope to the children. Please pm me the address as to where to send. God bless you all!!! :D

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    would love to help ,Dottie Bug

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpparris
    This Quilting Board is Awesome.

    I work with children before and after school doing Arts & Crafts, and one day I took a quilt I was working on for them to see and several children asked me if I would show them how to sew so they could make a quilt. I talked my boss into getting us a sewing machine, and I took one of mine from home and they started learning to sew. Well now we have 4 machines and still donít have enough. The children are making pillows and quilts faster than I can get the batting and material for the back. They are just tie them, but some want to learn to hand quilt, so I guess that is next on the list.
    I would like to thank two special ladies on the forum, mommamac for sending me the book Quilting with Kids Ė I took it to work and the children have gone crazy making all the things in the book, they tell everyone I learned how to make this from the book from Mrs. Mac in Maine.
    Then today in the mail I got a fabric donation from crowley7, I canít wait to get to work tomorrow to show the children all the new material they have to make quilts with. I guess she will be known as Mrs. Crowley from Massachusetts.
    I only have a small budget each month to purchase supplies for both the Arts & Crafts and Sewing, so I take a lot of material from home to work. These donations mean a lot to not only me but the children.
    I cried over getting the book and now the fabric. They were tears of Joy.
    I have learned so much since I have been on this forum, all of you are the most AWESOME Quilters and friends a person (and 130 children) can have.

    We are having a mini quilt show April 6, I will take some pictures of the children's quilts and pillows and post them.

    Thanks Again!!!
    My efforts seem so small in comparison. :-) Bravo to you for teaching these kids. It's wonderful just how creative they can be if someone puts forth the effort. Blessings to those that have donated to you and your class.

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    This is how quilting will live on, teach them young. Keeping the passion alive. Bless your little heart

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    It is wonderful how you teach them--by asking them to come up with ideas is great for development of creativity and critical thinking-things that need to be experienced to learn. I think it is a great idea to use this experience to integrate things like geography too. We already know that there will be math used. ;-) You might have them before and after school but I expect that the things they are learning from you are going to help them so much in their education.

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    It's amazing you have the patience to do this also. I tried to teach some 12 year olds and that got old fast. I called it 'short attention span' sewing. They couldn't understand "no, you can't finish a quilt for you mother in 1 afternoon."

    I would have to have all the pieces cut out and they all had to be identical because they would argue about which kit they got. We made a tote bag, a pillow and a tissue cover in the few months we sewed together. We started a railfence quilt for charity but I had to finish it becuase they lost interest.

    They all had different brands of sewing manchines, some old some new, no instruction manuals. and they never sewed except when they came to visit me. Then I was expected to know how to work their machines, fine tune stitches ect.
    I eventually gave up.

    Yes, I support anyone with the patience to teach children. I'll have to keep reading to see what your needs are so you don't get a lot of unwanted stuff.

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    Sweetie, You are amazing for what you are doing but we need your ADDRESS. I will send batting, scissors, thread, fabric,pins, marking pens etc.

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    I too.worked with special needs students. I put up my quilt sticks, showed them how I placed the batting, we just put a sheet for out top. They were a thrilled to be helping. we did use a plyers to pull the needle thru for some that needed help.It was displayed in the school hall for years.

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    Debbie,

    Letting you know I am on my way to the Post office with a med rate box on it's way. You are such a BLESSING as are all these young ones!!!

    My thanks goes out to you......

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    Wonderful story! Keep up the great work! I wish I could help you out with a donation....maybe someday! Looking forward to the pictures!

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