11 November, 2010

Never Too Early!

Since yesterday was a school holiday I wasn't surprised to encounter some little ones (children of the staff) running down the hall when I arrived at church for Quilt Ministry. Thinking that maybe they would enjoy a chance to learn to sew, I invited them to sit and stitch along with us. These girls jumped at the offer! I believe that it's never too early to start sewing. After a quick safety lesson I let them take over at the machine; the two older girls pictured here took turns stitching down the hem (wrap-around binding) on this small quilt and did a terrific job. The smaller girl was just as eager to participate; however, she sat in my lap while I operated the foot pedal and she guided the quilt under the presser foot! They all told me that they want to sew again, mission accomplished! I have already set another date to sew with the two bigger girls (a Barbie quilt and a horse quilt). Do you know a child that might like to learn to sew? Keep the lesson short and make it fun. Even if they don't show any interest you've still won, you have spent time with a child and that's the most important thing; they may be ready later. Teach a child a skill that you love and you touch the future.

Life is Good!

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10 comments:

quiltkeemosabe said...

I'm not sure who had more fun, them or you! Well done!

Domestic Designer said...

Wonderful! :-) I have a little visitor occasionally...perhaps I will try this with her.

Nanato4 said...

Excellent advice. I wasn't able to pass along the love of needlework (especially quilting) to my DD ... perhaps I'll be able to with my DGD. ;-)

*karendianne. said...

Oh DEBBIE!!! I don't even know what to say but my fingers are flying across the page and I'm so happy to read this post for certain!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

awesome!! :)

Quiltdivajulie said...

. . . how blessed those little girls are to have you nearby!

LizA. said...

How fun -- that picture says it all. They look so proud of themselves.

Karen said...

Isn't it incredible how the young ones pick up on lessons? They are so proud at what they accomplish. I love teaching my grand-daughter occasionally.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Are those not the cutest little smiles? Good job! blessings, marlene

Zlaty said...

Oh that is so nice of you to teach the little girls! Thanks for the tips!