Even with budget cuts, children can still get an enriching education with the help of their teachers, parents, and other volunteers willing to share their passions with the next generation.
At my daughter’s elementary school this year, students got to learn about cooking foods from other cultures, antique fire trucks, heart transplants, badminton, making batik fabric, and much more. I taught several sessions on quilts and quilt-making. Here’s a quilt made by myself and 28 third to fifth graders.
Isn’t their artwork fabulous?
If you’d like to share your love of quilting with children you know, here’s one way to do it:
- Get some PFD (prepared for dyeing) white Kona cotton. I prewash it just to be sure.
- Cut fabric into the desired size squares and iron freezer paper on the back.
- Have children draw/color their artwork directly onto the fabric side with Crayola fabric markers. Warn them not to draw anything important in the 1/4″ seam allowance, but as you can see in some of the blocks above, this is a very hard thing for kids to remember if they really get into their artwork.
- Remove the freezer paper and iron the blocks according to directions on the marker package.
- You can have the children help you sew the sashing strips and blocks together or simply assemble the quilt top yourself.
- Let the children help tie the quilt layers together with rainbow-colored yarn.