I have often wondered what it would be like to be Bonnie Hunter, zig zagging across the USA, teaching her wonderful classes. She often describes her huge duffel bags, packed with quilts. Quilts can get quite heavy! I have recently had the chance to haul my own heavy bags of quilts around.
couple of weeks ago, I subbed for a second grade teacher on a Monday.
They were just starting a new reading passage that week and it was
titled "A Quilt Story". The story was about a little girl who felt
more at home in a new place because she had her beloved quilt with her.
Anyway...several kids in the class had no idea what the difference
between a blanket and a quilt is.
talked to the teacher and told her I would be glad to bring in a few
quilts and do a little presentation for the kids. She was so excited!
I came in, I started off by asking them if they knew what scraps were -
and got a great explanation! I went on to show them scraps, some
batting, and some orphan blocks. I had them guess the name of a few
blocks - a log cabin block, flying geese, and a spiderweb block. I
explained how I would take blocks and piece them into a quilt top.
this point I showed them my scrappy trips top and asked them to guess
how many little squares were in this top. They were all very surprised
when I finally gave them the correct answer of 900!
showed them several different quilts and got lots of oohs and aahs.
They asked great questions like how long it takes to make a quilt. I
showed them a picture of my featherweight and of my long arm machine.
They thought it was funny that my sewing machine is almost twenty years
older than me - and they think I am old.
I did three presentations last week and did my last one this morning. It has been a lot of fun sharing my quilts with these kids. One little girl has repeatedly come up to me and asked me to please teach her to sew!