Friday, 7 November 2008

Group quilt

I was quite nervous about how many people would be able to come to the 'Learning at Work' workshop yesterday, and how they would get on, but I didn't need to have worried, as it all went off very well. About a dozen people came altogether, popping in and out as their work schedule allowed and although they were mainly non-sewers, they quickly set to work, and have produced a fantastic quilt!

I decided the theme would be Minibeasts, as this is a science topic taught in schools. I prepared the background and selected fabrics of all colours from my stash. I devised instructions for 4 different groups, and make sure there were at least 2 people in any group at one time.
The groups were 1. Letters.

Chris and Louise needed the security of outlining the letters before they cut, and they remembered to reverse them!

2. Flying minibeasts (butterflies, bees, wasps etc). Sarah is finishing her lunch, while Sue (who could only stay for 20 minutes but made 3 fantastic figures - one of which looked rather like a flying chicken, but who cares!) is busy cutting a body for her butterfly.

3. Crawling minibeasts (snails, ladybirds, spiders). Jo made the most beautiful snail with a carefully cut spiral shell while her partner concentrated on a big, fat, purple slug!

4. Leaves and stems. Dilys and Jane had different viewpoints - Dilys is a traditionalist, who liked her wood brown and leaves green (mainly) while Jane happily cut into multi-coloured Kaffe Fasset fabric to make her plants. It's all good!

This is an example of a multi-disciplinary consultation meeting, as important minibeast placement decisions are made!

The workshop was fun, and since it took place over lunchtime, made very little difference to peoples work output that day. It allowed people to relax, do somehting different and meet people from other offices who they might not have had the opportunity to speak to before. Now all I have to do is sew the pieces down. Zigzag heaven!


loulee1 said...

Looks like loads of fun was had. The finished design is cute.

loulee1 said...

Eeek! I meant to add, (but got distracted) Thanks for the package that was awaiting my return. Thank you, thank you thank you.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looks Wonderful...I bet there isn't another group of people that had that much fun bonding :o)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

very fun. I love the little zebra critters best!

♪♪Melody♪♪ and Puddin said...

Looks like it had to be fun. It looks great.

Ginger_Curls said...

It looks fantastic; congratulations!

Helen in the UK said...

What a fantastic idea to have in the workplace - get everyone away from their desk and trying something new. Looks like you came up with a great plan which will soon become a great quilt - congrats :)