Monday, 8 September 2014
I’m excited to announce that you’re going to see regular postings about youth and quilting on the CQA/ACC blog. We’ll keep you up to date on news, shows and events that affect youth. You’ll meet young quilters and the quilters who teach them. We’ll have Show & Tell to celebrate the successes of our young quilters and to let them know how important they are to our quilting community. We want you to share your creativity with a young person so we’ll offer tips and project ideas to inspire you.
Let’s start with a link to a tutorial on “How to Get Kids Loving Quilting at a Young Age”. It’s written by our President, Jackie White, and offered free on Craftsy. You can find it here. It’s a wonderfully, simple project using crayons and markers. Don’t forget to send me a photo of your child’s block(s).
Now, let’s have Show & Tell. You met Daniel Vincent, in the current issue of The Canadian Quilter. You can see how much he’s enjoying the quilt he made with his mother during March break.
Alexa Kalist was the Middle School winner of our 2014 Cantik Batiks Youth Challenge. I know you’re all familiar with her winning “Green Eggs and Ham” quilt. Here’s another quilt made by this talented quilter.
The 2015 Cantik Batiks Youth Challenge is underway. You can read about it here. Did you know that, as a CQA/ACC member or member shop, you could win a free one-year membership renewal simply by sponsoring the entry that wins Viewers’ Choice. The theme this year is “My Favourite Animal”. I’d like to thank Cantik Batiks/CSM for donating such generous projects prizes?
Here’s Alexa with the Cantik Batik prizes she won this year. Alexa has been a huge help to me by offering ideas on how we can interest young people in quilting. We’ll be sharing those in future postings.
I’m always looking for stories about youth and quilting. Do you have a photo for Show & Tell? Would you like to honour someone who teaches youth or a young quilter who is passionate about quilting? Do you have tips and project ideas to offer? Does your shop or guild work with youth? You can write it yourself or have me write it for you. Whatever the story, I’d love to know about it.
Thank you for taking some time from your busy day. If you have any questions about this post or the 2015 Cantik Batiks Youth Challenge you can contact me, Jo Ferguson.