This popular Row of the Month is simple to run in your quilt shop. The pattern is set up in such a way that you need only distribute fabric and a page or two of the pattern each month. One pattern is required per participant. No copying is required.
Kitting instructions for the bright version in Simply Color.
Month 1 – Pattern materials list, instructions and fabric for Row 1.
Month 2 – Instructions and fabric for Row 2.
Month 3 – Fabric for Row 3.
Month 4 – Fabric and instructions for Row 4.
Month 5 – Instructions for Row 5
Month 6 - Instructions for Row 6 and finishing instructions.
KIDS CAN QUILT
We started the Kids Can Quilt program in 2007 at Hopscotch Quilt Shop because we wanted to encourage the development of young quilters.
“A Quilt For All Seasons” ran as a mail out Block of the Month program for several years. It also ran as one of our monthly Kids Can Quilt classes. The many young quilters who registered for the program provided us with the feedback we needed to modify the quilt to what it is today.
Although this book is designed for kids, the projects are designed to be created by a young quilter working alongside an experienced quilter. This book is not designed for young quilters to work unaccompanied.
We hope that quilters needing help with layering, quilting and binding will turn to your shop for classes and guidance. Instuctions for these things are not included in the book.
Features of the Book: *Each month includes a segment of the story of Emily, a young quilter making "A Quilt For All Seasons".
*Dry Erase pages: Layout diagrams for each project are printed on dry erase paper at the back of the book. Young quilters can use fine tipped washable markers to design the colors for their quilts. Colors can be easily removed using a damp paper towel so that young designers can try a variety of color combinations.
*Unique quilting terms have been bolded and asterisked* throughout the book. Definitions for each term are included in the glossary at the back of the book.
*Two additional patterns that are excellent for young quilters.
Using the book for a Mail Out Program:
When running the quilt as a block of the month program, we suggest mailing the book along with the fabric for the first block. Each month mail the fabric required along with the journal page (if desired). You may want to include a small journal with the first mailing.
We ran our program for 10 months, starting in September, to coincide with what was happening in the story.
We bagged all embellishments that went along with each month. For example, for December quilters received a small bag with buttons, beads, a carrot nose and white pearl cotton. Small 1 1/2" square ziploc baggies can be picked up at most dollar stores.
Feel free to add little goodies along with your mail out. Our staff added a recipe for carmel apple dip in October. Little items that are flat and mail easily are the best (ie, buttons, ribbon, beads, floss, etc).
We recommend one contact person when running the program. Direct all phone calls and emails to that one person. We had one staff member kit and package the program so that there was always someone who knew exactly what was happening in the program.
Hold a celebration party a few months after the last kit goes into the mail. this allows kids to get their quilts finished to bring to the party. Encourage all kids to come, even if they do not have their quilt finished. Elissa was involved in a mail out kids block of the month program in a city 2 1/2 hours away. She found it interesting to go to the final get together and see what the other quilters had done to individualize their quilters.
Kid Friendly Shops
The following are suggestions to incorporate into your programing to make your shop friendly for young quilters:
*Run a monthly Kids Class. We found that we developed a great groups of young quilters who brought along friends! Include classes that use sewing machines along with classes where a sewing machine is not required. The non sewing machine classes are friendly for kids who do not own a machine and come from "nonquilting" homes.
*Offer Mother/Daughter or intergenerational classes that cater to a young quilter working alongside an experienced quilter. Simple patterns, aprons, pillows, etc are all great for these classes.
*Easy projects that are geared toward young quilters are great. Kids love to choose their own colors so don't make up too many kits!
*Basic Kids Tool Kits make great gifts for the young quilters who are starting their journey. Kits should include a cutter, mat, ruler, scissors, a seam ripper, marking tool (chalkoliner by Clover and/or a Bohin marking pen) and good pins. Why not throw in a coupon for a charm square package of the quilter's choice. Putting good tools into the hands of young quilters is really important!
Patterns Suitable For Young Quilters
We are currently developing a line of patterns for young quilters. We have worked at getting young quilters to test these patterns to ensure that they are "kid friendly". Patterns that are specifically a part of this program will have the polka dot cover to identify it as a Kids Can Quilt pattern. Other Hopscotch patterns that are "kid friendly" include:
HQS-22 Rail on a Roll
HQS-23 One Day Quilt
HQS-24 One Day Baby
HQS-19 Around the Block
HQS-15 Snappy Checkerboard Runner
HQS-2 Mini Pillows
HQS-27 Wooly Critters
HQS-103 Water Bottle Buddies from "It's In the Bag"