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Thread: Tears of Joy

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    Senior Member dpparris's Avatar
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    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!!!

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    It sounds like you are truly blessed. I can't wait to see the pictures of the children. You are passing something on, and it will have larger impact than quilts, trust me.

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    What a blessing you are to those children. We always get back so much more than we give in these situations. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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    you are awesome. :D

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    How wonderful that you are passing on some great sewing skills to these young minds. They will treasure this forever. Can't wait to see the pics.

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    Schools do not teach sewing anymore, so God Bless You. You are carring on something SOOOO Special. This story has just warmed my heart so much you have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    How wonderful that you are passing on some great sewing skills to these young minds. They will treasure this forever. Can't wait to see the pics.
    Yes!

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    !!WOW!! that's amazing that the children are so into quilting!

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    How fun! Hope to see pics soon! :)

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    Looking forward to seeing this pictures
    of your special children's projects.

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    How absolutely wonderful. I hope I don't miss the pictures. There's nothing more special than working with children and nothing so wonderful for children than an interested adult - mentor.

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    This is such a wonderful story. It is great to hear that children are interested in more things that TV and video games. Hopefully this will have a great impact on their lives in the future.

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    Post some of there pictures of the quilts they are making.

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    You brought tears to my eyes too. Who would have thought that a simple book could bring such excitement & joy to so many kids. You truly have much to be proud of - you are making memories for these children that will last a lifetime. They are learning much more than quilting skills I'm sure. I can't wait to see pictures of all the wonderful creations!

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    Looking forward to seeing those pictures!

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    You are the best! It is so cool that these children are interested in sewing and making quilts. You can be sure that more than a few will carry what you teach them into their adult lives and maybe even be well known expert quilters. Children benefit so much more from an interested teacher who is more into her students than the money.

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    Blessings on all of you who have blessed these hungry children the food for creation.

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    You are one wonderful lady! What lucky children to have you as a teacher! And kudos to Mrs. Mac & Mrs. Crowley for their generosity!
    Maureen

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    I would love to see pictures to. Good for you!

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    How fun! I'm looking forward to the pictures. :D

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    What a heart warming story! God bless you for working with children and instilling in them the love of sewing/quilting.

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    So rewarding.................. and you should be poud of yourself and the kids.
    Just seeing the look on their faces when they accomplish things is a reward in it's self.

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    That is wonderful!! I am teaching my oldest grandaughter who is 10. She loves it. I am not an experienced quilter but I teach her what I know. PM me your address and from time to time I will send you some supplies for your children. :-D :-D

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    PM me your address i would like to donate to all your wonderful kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny
    It sounds like you are truly blessed. I can't wait to see the pictures of the children. You are passing something on, and it will have larger impact than quilts, trust me.
    This is so right. I'm curious. How old are the children?

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