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FREE Sew & Trace Worksheet

I am passionate about teaching others to sew, particularly the next generation. I am in the minority as a thirty-something woman in the quilting community, but even fewer members of the next generation are learning to sew. To help spread the sewing and quilting love across multiple generations, my husband and I designed a series of Sew and Trace worksheets that can be printed on a home printer. I taught my children to sew using lines on printer paper, because paper is stiffer and easier to maneuver than fabric, and cheaper as well! 

Remember to establish safety rules before sewing with a child, and the age at which they are old enough to safely use a sewing machine with supervision will vary from child to child. [. . .]

How to Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy with Precut Squares

If you have been quilting for any length of time, you most likely have a stack of
precut 10" fabric squares in your stash. Many of them are probably unopened, but you may also have some odd pieces left from quilts that did not use all of the squares. There are many quilt patterns that you can make using these handy precuts, however, there are other quick projects that they are useful for as well!

The handmade gift I have had the most feedback from over the years has been one of the simplest: microwave bowl cozies. I made a dozen or so of them about five years ago and gave them as holiday gifts. I have had many of the recipients ask “When are you making more?” or suggest that 
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Teaching the Next Generation to Sew

For quilting to continue to be a multi-billion dollar industry, we must teach the next generations the art of sewing.

The majority of children and young adults are not learning how to sew in the home or at school like so many did in the past. Most quilters that I know are in their sixties or seventies and say that they learned in Home Ec or from a family member when they were young. Home Ec has not been offered in schools for decades and very few young people, in my experience, are learning to sew in the home. [. . .]

It was a little over a decade ago that I first heard the term quilt guild. My husband was on a 15-month deployment in Iraq, I was trying to figure out motherhood on my own and I was a million miles from any family. I had made a number of quilts at this point, but I was stretched thin and worn out. I came across an opportunity to have a photo quilt made for my daughter using my husband's photos and happily submitted photos to be printed and made into a quilt. A local guild was donating their time to make these precious quilts for children, like my daughter, who did not quite understand why their Dad (or Mom) were gone for so long. [. . .]