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melrohner
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Date: 1/5/10 10:54 AM

I take care of a group of elementary school students - ages range from 5 - 10. It has been suggested that we make a classroom quilt, since lots of my kids have seen me quilting (or at least my supplies, scraps, etc) and have shown an interest. I'd really like to make one, but I'm not sure exactly how. At the most basic, I've thought about giving them squares of fabric and fabric paint, let them paint their square, and then I sew them together. I've also thought about giving them two squares - one of a solid fabric for a background, then one of a pattern, let them cut the pattern however they want, and then I sew the pattern fabric to the solid square, then I sew the squares together. I'd love to involve some of the children in the sewing, although I'm not quite sure how to achieve that, especially with the younger ones (I have one 5 year old in particular who is very immature for his age, and I would worry about his safety using the machine, even with close supervision!). Also I'm not sure about even my own ability to sew the kids' cutouts to a square, as I'm a beginner sewer myself. If anybody has any suggestions about practical ways to accomplish my ideas, or even totally different ideas for quilting with kids, I'd love to hear them! Thanks so much!

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Date: 1/5/10 12:28 PM

Are you doing this through a school? They may have rules about what they can and can't have depending on age. I think the painting is a great idea or stamping, they also have special markers for fabric embellishment but sharpies work just as well. Or maybe divide the kids by age and let the older ones do some sewing. They make the blocks and you sew them together. I did for my dd birthday party many years ago. I make them canvas bags to decorate any way they wanted they loved it. If you know someone with an embroidery machine they could embroider designs and you could use as patchs the kids could paste on.

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Date: 1/5/10 1:35 PM

I've seen commemorative quilts created by a group of children where the design element was hand prints. Each child created a quilt square with their hand print - painted, appliqued, or drawn - and their name. Older kids can do an applique and younger kids can use fabric markers or fabric crayons. A pieced square with an appliqued (appliqued by hand by the child, perhaps?) hand print also fits into this basic design.

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Date: 1/5/10 5:30 PM

Perhaps a no-sew blanket of fringed polar fleece pieces knotted together? The older kids could help the younger ones to keep the fringes lined up properly while they work together.

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Date: 1/6/10 11:52 AM

Thanks everyone for your ideas and suggestions! I like the idea of letting the children applique their own designs, but I don't know how to do this. Can anyone gve me some basic ideas on how applique works? Do you sew it on or glue with fabric glue? I guess I need to do some more research on applique!

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Date: 1/6/10 1:47 PM

Bless you for wanting to take on this project; the kids will love it! Because of the age range of the kids involved, I would not let them do machine sewing. We faced a similar situation at Vacation Bible School last summer, and the classroom teacher and I decided that even with both of us experienced machine users (and she used to teach sewing) the risks of injury was just too great. I think the idea of tracing around their hands and letting them decorate their blocks with markers, stamps, etc would work well. Perhaps some of the older ones could outline their handprint with hand running stitches. For ease of decorating, the blocks could be ironed to same size squares of freezer paper to hold them steady. Be sure to post pictures of the finished quilt, and have fun with the project!

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Date: 1/6/10 4:22 PM

We let children draw and color a picture on white paper with fabric crayons. If they wrote anything they wrote with pencil on back and traced with fabric crayons on front of paper. Then you press their pictures on quilt square.Then you could piece each square together. The children loved this. After pressing it will be permanent.
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Date: 1/6/10 9:32 PM

We made a quilt with fabric crayons as Sewinglady has just described. The kids colored "blocks" of paper, I pieced the top and assembled the layers, then they tied the quilt. I bound it. It was a great time; they were really proud of their work.

Do pay attention to the directions on the transfer crayons, though. I bought a nice quality, 100% cotton for the blocks, only to realize after transferring that the crayons were to work best on fabric with poly content. Ours were pretty, but quite pastel--I don't know whether it was the cotton that made the difference.

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Date: 1/7/10 2:07 AM

For the very young child, maybe you could let him work the machine's pedal. My little one loves to do this and often asks if we can sew.

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Date: 1/7/10 11:06 AM

Great suggestions - thank you! I love the idea of using fabric crayons!!! Tiner, I'm not sure exactly what you mean by letting the kids tie the quilt - all my quilting so far has been by machine only. And just wondering where I can find fabric crayons - I've never noticed these in my local fabric stores! Thanks again, I can't wait to get started on our quilt!

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