Students Past and Present

These past few weeks, I had the opportunity to work with many of my prior students who are now CMCS 7th and 8th graders.  One of their teachers, Mr. Chad, is expecting a child and they wanted to do something extra special for him and his wife.  I spoke with my daughter, a 7th grader, and suggested I help the students get organized and make a “My wish for you…” quilt for the baby.  They took the idea and turned it into a “Quote Quilt”, taking blocks of fabric and writing a variety of their favorite quotes in them.  Some quote were from famous people, others were their personal favorites, but we left three blocks empty for the parents and their daughter to fill in for the new member of the family!

Over the past few weeks I offered a desk in my room to the Middle School kids to come in and secretly work on the quilt, beginning with writing their quotes.  During their open class time, those students skilled with an iron and sewing machines came in and worked on the quilt in a corner of my room.  Most of these kids were my past students!  Watching them collaboratively work together on the quilt was wonderful.  A few ironed, organized quilt blocks and borders, and pieced fabric together.  They were so skilled, calm, and comfortable working in my room!  I felt lucky to be able to help them again and to watch them as they worked!  I was in awe of these young adults who once couldn’t thread a needle!  My current students enjoyed watching them work, too.

Working with these students makes me feel that much more committed to offering sewing to other students via The Sewing Hour classes.  I hope that the young students I serve now will be as comfortable and skilled with the sewing process as these 7th and 8th graders are!

This past month, students continued making pumpkins, chicken pillows, and a few made reversible table runners!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures from this past The Sewing Hour session.  We were very busy with the sewing and my helper, Sarah Henn, was sick so I didn’t have many opportunities for taking pictures!

Enjoy the pictures of past and present students:


The quotes they chose for each block were beautiful.

This sweet young man, now as tall as I am,  didn’t burn himself once!! So proud watching him work.

I had all the pieces cut and ready for the next step. Ironing is not my favorite thing to do, luckily, there were many skilled hands ready to work!

Pumpkins were all the rave this past month!! I loved making these. We’ll definitely revisit these next year.

Hand sewing is a life skill that every child should be introduced to…in my opinion! The calming, repetitive movements, the eye hand coordination and focus necessary to sew is a welcomed activity in today’s fast paced world.

Their joy in having a finished project is wonderful…however it is learning the process of the work that is the true reward.

Getting things organized…

These two were such a joy to work with again!!

Getting to meet some of the Middle School students and collaborate with them on a surprise baby quilt for their teacher Mr. Chad, was a great experience.

A preview of the front and back of the quilt.

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