You know when you have "arrived" in mommy life when you are invited to give a talk at your child's school. A rare and savored moment when my son was so proud and pleased that it was "his" mommy talking to the entire 2nd grade class. Remember those days?
The kids are reading a book about a quilt so I was invited to come and talk about quilts today. I literally had 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to take down ....that is why the quilts are piled on the table.
I brought my current sewing machine and an older model (made before I was born...good to know I was not the oldest in the room :) I was thinking that children who come from families who don't sew might not have ever had the opportunity to see a sewing machine. There were several who raised their hands when I asked if this was the first time they had seen a sewing machine.
This is a mug rug (one of you will recognize it, it was a gift : ) that I sent around for kids to touch. The loved seeing such a "small quilt." I told them that people from all over the world swap these and fabric postcards too.
Nanny, Rick's Grandma, made this one and gave it to Rick and I for our wedding. She was 89 when she made this and it is hand appliqued. Could we all be so lucky? I sure hope so.....especially since I have projects to keep me busy until I'm 124 years old.
Then just 18 very short months later came Zach so he got a panel quilt....nursing one and two in diapers does not leave much time for piecing....know what I mean? It has a lot of hand embroidery and trapunto. (I made it while living in PA. Took it to Needles to show the girls and they said, "I love your trapunto." I said, "No that is not trapunto....I stuffed it." ROFL....I had no idea what trapunto even was...gotta love it.)
My only sampler quilt, "Many Hands." I thought it would be a good one to show all the variety of blocks.This was not even washed....it was taken straight off the sofa and put into a box and to the school....nice ay?
My signature quilt, "Crossroads." Given to me by MJ...she had all my PA friends sign it when I moved away. I cherish this piece. The kids liked that you could "write" on your quilts. Hope they don't go home and start autographing without permission....yikes.
These two are Diane's stained glass quilts. One of the kids said, "hey, they have that at my church." I need to Google "possession" again....because if I remember correctly.....possession is 9/10ths of the law isn't it?
This was the show stopper. All at once the room went, "ooooooohhhhhhhhh" and they smiled. I loved it...Thanks again Diane :)
Of course I took my, "Red Eyed Tree Frog" made by Susan Brubaker Knapp. It was a fun to see the kids eyes light up. Who could not love this tree frog? (my ears are plugged....and I'm humming loudly..I love frogs)
Amani Ya Juu. What fun being able to share a little of Africa with them today.
This was the insane part. When I was asked to come and talk about quilting I opened my big mouth and said I thought it would be cool if the kids could make a paper quilt. That was when it was just Aaron's class....then it was all of the 2nd graders....106 of them. So, it went from a paper quilt...to one block! We cut a zillion little pieces of scrapbook paper and put them into envelopes....a little block kit for each child. I showed them how they could use their pencil or marker to do the stitching. Note to self.....cutting a zillion little pieces of paper and counting them into kits takes a lot of time....next time....let them color in a quilt made on my EQ 7 Software!!!
Speaking of the Electric Quilt Company, I phoned them yesterday to see if they had ever presented to children before and did they have any recommendations. (Ya gotta go to the experts!!). They were so kind to e-mail me a little demo so I could show the kids that quilting has gone high tech and you can design quilts on the computer (fascinating to this middle aged mind). McSteamy came home for lunch and helped me pack up the van and off I went to the school. Guess what was not in the van? Yep....my laptop. He figured I did not need it (he had didn't know what I had planned). But....I'm ready to go next time :) Thank You Penny and everyone at EQ who helped me out! They rock....but IHAN blog readers already knew that, right? Right!
Well....sheepishly I share this pix......my new Tutto Machine on Wheels Bag....was delivered the day before yesterday but I did not open it because I've been sick. So this morning, I figure if I'm taking Martha to school....she needs her Mercedes to ride in....so I put baby Martha into her new Mercedes and off we went. Dang....I love this Tutto Machine on Wheels. Wanna know why I did not pick that pretty Red, Lime or Purple? Yes you do....don't act like you don't care....ok, so you don't care....just let me tell ya anyway....come on please...... because everything I have gets dirty...this won't show the dirt so quickly.
Thanks for listening :)