Back to Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy for another day of quilting with the Pax River Quilt Guild Gals!
I remembered to take pictures of the “Honor Code” that was found on walls in the hallways, on chalk boards ((Yes, it was an old black chalk board, not a white marker board!! Chalk boards bring back so many memories, I like them best!
And even in the cafeteria area.
What an important thing for kids to learn and learn young!
We had a smaller class, Sundays are sometimes like that, and because we were smaller we could have group discussions on things like
“If you could tell a new quilter what the most important tool is, what would it be?”
“If you could learn one thing early on, what would it be?”
“How often do you change your rotary blade?”
“How often do you oil your machine?”
“If you were new to quilting and just starting to accumulate fabrics, what would you look for?”
“If you are shopping just for stashing, what sizes of cuts of fabric would you buy?”
The answers were varied and helpful! And on the last question it was “Anything from fat quarters to 1/2 yards, to full yards, to 3 to 6 yard cuts to..just buy the whole bolt!” LOL!!
Of course, all these discussion topics were directed to benefit our brand new quilter, Jennifer --- this was HER first class EVER!
And it was so funny…..Jennifer hates to iron, and every time I’d say “Okay, now go press these units like this….” She’d roll her eyes and say “But I don’t like ironing!!”
So we re-instituted my number one rule of NO WHINING!! We just about put THAT on the chalk board too! LOL! It was all in good fun.
Here’s a glance at the chalkboard in our room:
Another important message that kids need to learn early, and that we need to be reminded of every day. I remember being told also that our lives are also shaped by the choices we DON’T MAKE. If you don’t choose, the choice is often made by your not chosing –and you might miss an opportunity.
I wish all of our schools could focus on things like this! That goes for work places and other places too.
Another thing you can do when a class is small is take off on other hot topics like…
“Can you believe that Bank of America is going to charge $5 a month for you to use your debit card??” (((OH, this has us ALL up in arms and I’m thinking of changing my bank after 20 years…*SIGH*))
And when topics get TOO HOT TO HANDLE we get back to QUILTING! ((I’m still mad as a hatter over this bank thing and need to look more into it. Sheesh.))
We had a great time! And I really love teaching the beginners. I had an opportunity to take it all the way back to demos on how to cut fabric. We talked about grain line, and the importance of seam allowance.
I remember being a new quilter, and feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by those who knew more and had been quilting forever.
Back in my early years --- as a new guild member ((I joined my first guild when I was 26)) I so vividly remember working SO HARD on a block for the president’s quilt…only to bring it to guild, turn it in, and have it rejected because it measured 1/2” too small. I was crushed! I had worked so hard on this thing, but no one had told me that the side of the presser foot on that machine was NOT 1/4'”. I honestly didn’t know.
I hope Jennifer will keep at it! We need to love those newbies and encourage them all we can. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?