I got an early start on sewing holiday gifts recently, and I got to teach a friend some simple sewing techniques while I was at it. Isn't teaching fun? I've always been on the learning side of sewing and quilting, and didn't realize how much I'd enjoy playing teacher.
|A Susan Beal placemat project in progress.|
Every fall, my three high school friends and I get together for a girls' weekend, and this year I was host. We had a blast apple picking, yard sale-ing, and fulfilling our tradition of going out for Ethiopian food.
At the end of the weekend, my friend, Dani, had the last flight out of town, and we ended up with a free afternoon. We took my dogs for a walk in the woods, and wound up on the topic of quilting. Dani made her first quilt, a baby gift, recently, and was interested in learning more.
As we walked, I explained strip quilting and stack and whack. Back at my house, I drew what I was talking about, and showed her a few quilts to explain how they were pieced.
I've always learned best by doing, so out came my fabric. Inspired by a project by Stitch Contributor Susan Beal, we both selected fabrics and began cutting and piecing placemats.
Not long after, Dani left with an almost-complete set of placemats she plans to give as a holiday gift. I also have a set of placemats…. I just need to decide who to give them to! Most important, I learned I enjoy teaching others.
If you're looking for holiday gift ideas, or are even working ahead to Valentine's Day, check out the Winter 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create.
Do you enjoy teaching sewing, quilting, embroidery, garment-making, or whatever craft you love? I can't wait to hear.