Teaching anything involves a lot of planning…at least it does for me. And it’s waaaay different planning for unskilled middle school kids than for adult quilters! I know what I want to teach them and now I’m working on how to get it across to them.
I know from experience that some of them have never even held a needle and some are already garment sewing, so I have to deliver the basics while keeping the others from total boredom. I think the idea of ‘teaching assistants’ may work just fine.
This is how I think we’ll assemble the little pieces–after a bit of design time and the lesson about threading and using that needle!
Actually, the first picture is probably NOT how we’ll do it, but I’ll give them the option.
These pieces are glue basted down. It avoids getting stuck with pins but for kids, the glue can get globby and maybe not so secure. They will have the option but not the recommendation. However, this will also be an example that pieces in a series can be different sizes.
So here’s what I will recommend. A piece of batting (or other support fabric), larger than the finished piece will be. Then trace out the area of the finished piece so they know how much area to cover.
And remember that the marking goes on the back, so they can see it until the end! I thought about just marking the corners on the front, but then remembered that these are inexperienced kids!
After the design is laid out, with those pesky sharp pins, they will be basting. It’s really going to be the best way for them to proceed.
And rather than random stitch meditation type ideas, I am going to have them work in a series mind-set. I think I’m set with my plan!
I know I’m set with quite a few pieces ready to embroider and embellish, but I needed at least this many to work out my planning.
I need a few more in the light blue series and I want to get all of these completely finished off before I do any others. Then anything additional between now and camp will be a bonus.
Feeling good about this!!!!