Saturday, 19 June 2010

Passing it on

I was very excited a few weeks ago, when Shakira, the Textiles teacher at a local secondary school asked me if I would come and give a talk about quilting to her Y9 students. I could talk about quilting anytime, and love showing off my handiwork (especially to people who know nothing about patchwork and think it's all wonderful!) The class was lovely, and seemed to enjoy the talk, so I offered to lead a workshop in patchwork with the class. I took a big bag of pastel strips, and showed the girls (it was all girls, sadly) how to stitch and flip the strips to cover the Vilene. They struggled a little, but produced 25 lovely squares, which I took away to join together for a Project Linus quilt.

Here is the finished quilt. I decided to put a piano keys border, and in each corner is an orphan block (two of them were Andrea's. Thanks, Andrea!)

And here are the hopefully budding quilters, proudly exhibiting their work. Shakira was so welcoming and appreciative, that I've offered to go back in the autumn and work with some of her students. Should be fun!


loulee said...

The finished quilt looks great. Good for the girls for giving it a try.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looks wonderful! You can't go wrong with foundation piecing...fab way to start!

anne bebbington said...

lovely to get some youngsters involved and the end product is far nicer than some of the bizarre products I've seen in the textile rooms at secondary school open nights