I've decided not to continue with the after-school program, Ready To Quilt, next marking period. It is unfortunate that its beginning coincided with my Hurricane Sandy project, but the result is that I have had virtually NO TIME to quilt for myself in the past 6 weeks. No many Christmas projects coming out of my sewing room this year! I hadn't really considered how much prep time would go into this. Shame on me - having been a teacher before, I should know better. But I guess I always taught older kids and adults, people to whom I could just give instructions and let them go. Perhaps during the final marking period of the year I will do it again, or maybe next year - it is a 3-year grant, and I have a standing invitation to return whenever I want.
I say this because while Saturday was busy with me gone ALL DAY, I was home all day on Sunday. Time to quilt, right? WRONG! I needed to come up with an activity for the kids to work on by hand while I worked with them one-on-one on the machine. That's what I did last week, and it worked wonderfully! I had them play Quilt Bingo while we sewed the blocks together for our fair quilt. I drew a 5x5 grid of 1.5" squares on a paper, copied one for everyone, gave them all a glue stick, and then dumped my tin of 1.5" scrap squares on the floor for them to choose from.
(and I nearly cried - with 30 kids that's about 750 1.5" squares that I can no longer use in my scrappy creations - oh, grow up, Erin, and share nicely!)
I created cards with categories - colors, stripes, stars, hearts, dots, animals, solids, 5 colors or more, something man-made, etc. - and let the kids take turns calling out the games. The winners took home an embroidery hoop and a needle - we're about done with those, and I don't need 20+ embroidery hoops.
While that happened, we sewed together the quilt top (well, they sewed the blocks into rows, and then I sewed the rows together at home).
|A and D are up there, my co-worker just has short arms. (hee hee!) Z will be in the bottom row, along with the name of the school and the name of the workshop in smaller letters that they colored and embroidered.|
I like it, but I struggled getting my beads into my little fabric tube, so I know the kids would, too. Moving on...
Maybe this beaded necklace from MommaGoRound?
I couldn't find beads as big as hers, so with my little beads, it was pretty fiddly. I could do it, but I don't know about the little ones. Back to the drawing board...
A ric rac bracelet like this one from Elizabeth Abernathy?
This was easy and fun, but all I have is yellow and black, and don't want to have to go ric rac shopping today. Hers in red and blue, though, is super cute!
I have felt, so maybe some felt barrettes, like these from The Purl Bee? (by the way, there are also some rose barrettes there that took my breath away! I definitely plan to try to make some of those for my niece!)
Not bad, the kids could do this for sure. But what if they don't have a woman or girl in their life with HAIR to gift it to? What if the females in their family look like me?
|This is me (with my super short hair) working with one of my favorite students on our denim rag quilt|
But, darn it - I don't have enough felt for everyone! What I DO HAVE, however, is lots of denim scraps from our denim rag quilt project, so I whipped one up in denim, too.
OK, by far my favorite project of the day! I love denim!!
Whew! That's a lot of prep for a one hour class! See why I will be taking a break from it next marking period? All that searching for the perfect project, and I should have just started with a project that I know and have made dozens of times! But it isn't just about the results, it is about the process - and the process was fun! If you are inspired to do some sewing with a little one in your life, I hope you find all the links useful!