Friday, August 2, 2013

National Quilt Festival 2013 – Kaleidoscope - 4

The Teaching Applications for our festival have far exceeded our expectations. Thirty teachers from all over South Africa and two teachers from overseas were invited. The very talented teachers offered a variety of techniques at all skill levels and overall the feedback was very positive and it seems as if the workshops were thoroughly enjoyed. Bookings made through Computicket made the control of class lists as well as entrance to the lectures easy. Children from the Jeugsorgsentrum and women from Botshabelo attended the Outreach classes and Marline Turner, a very experienced teacher, taught them. These women are familiar with quilting, so the aim of this particular workshop was to broaden their exposure. These workshops were sponsored by members of the Oranje Quilter’s Guild and taken that the excitement could hardly be contained; I would say that it was money well spent. We followed the example set by Alive with Colour to offer “Kids can Quilt” classes. At first, it seemed to be not so well received, but were eventually, during the festival, filled by enthusiastically girls of 9 – 12 year olds.

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