Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kids Quilt Camp 2017

I had a fun, yet exhausting, time this past week volunteering at Kids Quilt Camp.  One week every June we have approximately 40 students descend upon us eager to get their hands on sewing machines and make their very own quilt.  We split them into groups based on sewing experience -- beginners (1st year), intermediate (2nd year), advanced (3rd year) and T-Shirt Quilts (3rd year or better).  At noon on Friday, we hold a "show and tell" with parents present, and each child shows off their masterpiece, which are amazingly all completed (including labels).  Some are tied, and others actually quilted using a serpentine stitch either diagonally or across some rows, as time allows.

Beginners are one-on-one with a quilt volunteer, while later year students are 2-1 or even 3-1 and we make our rounds to make sure everyone is comfortable with what they are doing in the process.  I was with the intermediate kids this year.

I have quite a lot of pictures that were taken throughout the course of the week and you can see by the happy, yet concentrated, faces, that the volunteers get just as much out of the week as the kids do.  I must really be showing my age now, because by the time I got home each day, I was beat! Don't know how I held a full time job before I retired 9 years ago.  LOL!

Each one, teach one,

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