One of the requirements in my middle school sewing/quilting class is that students participate in a charity quilt of some kind. As a member of this community who has helped make 30+ quilts for children in foster care, sewing for others is extremely important to me. I feel so strongly about it that I have built it into my quilting program. This year my beginning students, yes I teach beginning and advanced quilting, made a gorgeous log cabin quilt.
The theme was Americana and the quilt was auctioned off to help support a local community college baseball team. I am so proud of my students. For many of them, prior to September, they had never held a rotary cutter or used a sewing machine. To date, my beginning students have made scrunchies, drawstring bags, log cabin quilt wall hangings and they are currently learning how to make half square triangles and flying geese while working on table runners. Our next big project will be self-directed as they learn how to design their own pattern. I am excited to teach them the math involved and help them discover their inner quilt artist!
Stay tuned for a future post on what my advanced students are working on and their charity project!