In preparing for the 17th National Quilt Festival held in Bloemfontein from 1-7 July 2013, where there will be quilt classes for kids, our festival coordinator started gathering some of our own children to see what children would be capable of at which age. This woman, Iessie Steenberg, simply thinks of everything!
For the first class she had daughter, Lia and the moms to help her and the little ones all had to stitch (with a machine!!) around a circle and on a longer straight strip with a quarter inch seam allowance. Iessie was rather impressed for not only could they all do it but some even better than adult quilters.
Then it was time to do a little hand sewing and this turned out a little harder. The thread knotted, the needle didn't always stay between the little fingers and the scissors was about the size of their forearms - no wonder.
However these little ones finished an arm pincushion and apart from Ineke who by then decided she'd much rather jump on the trampoline, the others all showed off their work.
For this first lesson Iessie provided all the materials but in future every child will bring along their own fabric. They all however arrived with their own little tool kit be it a tin, bag or basket; they were geared for this.
On this photo Anri can be seen behind the sewing machine on the left, Iessie standing next to her helping Anje. Nandi (3) was content to be simply jumping up and down. Behind the sewing machine on the right is Dyso with Lia keeping a watchful eye. In front of them is mom, Sujanie, helping her own daughter, Ineke.
Trust 'teacher' Iessie to give the little ones homework and for their next class they all have to make 6 yo-yo's but these youngsters do not let anyone wait on them and apparently already finished these for their next class.
These classes are for kids between 6 and 12 years old and will be held once a month unless sport or school activities interfere.
Future quilters of the Oranje Quilters' Guild - we welcome you!!