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I want to include the making of a quilt in my rotation for Loaves and Fishes/Feeding of the Thousands. One of the themes is the sharing that was necessary for the miracle, and sharing is needed to make a Sunday School quilt. Any ideas about this? Anyone done anything like this?

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A quillt is a very cool idea, but pretty labor intensive. What age-range are you working with?

A coupleof thoughts:

1. Ask everyone to bring in a square of fabric and then enlist the help of other adults to help create the quilt and help the children learn the various steps.

2. Make a paper quilt! Ask every student to write or draw something from the story, or something they can share, on a piece of construction paper. Use lots of colors! Then use a paper punch to punch holes around all four edges of each piece of paper. Lay out the papers in a pleasing pattern, and have the children use bits of yarn to "tie the quilt". Various yarn colors will make it extra-colorful! This can then be hung on a wall and displayed for all to see. You could even have the children use paint and put their handprints on the pieces of paper- call your quilt the SHARING HANDS QUILT.

I hope that helps!

Jan S

Two quilt ideas I've used:

Precut squares which already have holes in each corner and comes with ribbon to tie together from Oriental Trading Company:  It comes in white, denim, bold colors, pastel colors, etc. Have kids use fabric markers to decorate. Note: link remved, as these no longer appear at the site.

Also I've had them create a fleece quilt. You can do this one with two large pieces of fleece fabric and the kids just tie knots around the edges. See here:

Or you can cut various colors of fleece in large squares, cut fringe edges and then tie each square together.

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We made a quilt in our Good Samaritan rotation. We asked a couple of ladies who quilted in the congregation to lead it and they brought their sewing machines.
The kids, especially the boys loved it.

This is the basic idea, which our lovely quilting lady came up with. We especially liked the way the children had to swap and share their pieces of fabric to get the final product.

We started with 10" squares in blues and greens. Members of the congregation had donated cotton fabric in a variety of colours.
Then we had a lot of 8" diameter circles which had vsioflix (iron on sticky stuff) already stuck on them.

Each child chose a square and an contrasting circle. They ironed the circle to the middle of the square (under adult / teenage supervision).

Next one of our quilting ladies cut the square/circle in half with a rotary cutter. - the kids were'nt very happy at this stage.
Then they had to swap one of their halves with someone else.

The two halves were sewn together on the machines, either by the children or an adult depending on age, class size, time etc. Some of our older boys had never used a machine and thought it was great.

Then, again the squares were cut in half, but the other way. And swapped again.
Then sewn together again.

Each child ended up with a square with a circle in the middle, with 4 different backgrounds and 4 different circle quarters.

Our adult helper sewed them all together after the first few weeks (we ended up with enough to make 2 quilts) and she backed, bound and quilted the quilt for us.

We gave them to a refugee family that one of our congregation knew.

It was a fairly labour intensive workshop, but the quilting ladies loved coming and sharing with the kids, and the kids got a real sense of achievement and participation.

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We did a quilt a few years is labor intensive, but this is one way to use your volunteers who cannot or do not want to work directly with children.

Before the workshop I had volunteers cut out 12 x 12 squares of muslin, and mark 1" margins on each block in disappearing ink.
I also arranged ahead of time for one of our semi-shut-in women (who was an experienced seamstress and quilter) to put the quilt together after the children had made their squares.

In the workshop, the children created a picture expressing an idea from the story (we were doing the prodigal son, so some themes were love, forgiveness, etc.). They used Crayola fabric markers.

After the workshop I had volunteers iron the squares to set the ink per the marker directions. Then I had volunteers cut strips of print fabric to go between the squares. I took the squares and the supplies to the elderly quilter to sew together. When she was finished with the quilt top, I took it back and had volunteers tie it with the batting and backing. I then returned it to my elderly volunteer to sew the binding. It is displayed in our hallway.

The shut-in seamstress was soooooo pleased to be able to help out in this way. She passed away last summer and we displayed this quilt in the church for the memorial service--along with a dozen other quilts she had made for relatives, who had come from all over the country for the service.
We are currently building a quilt to go with our "Greatest Commandment" rotation. The Sunday School youth will work together to build an autograph quilt for our Sister Synod in Tanzania. The children have the opportunity to color a square block with a picture of God in their lives. We are requesting the members of the congregation to also sign their name or family's names onto smaller blocks for the border, of which will be provided before and after worship services. Once assembled, the quilt will be on display in the Narthex. Later, it will be sent to the parish in Tanzania, and
we will ask the families to have turns taking the quilt to their homes, and sharing God's love with each other. What a wonderful opportunity for the youth to share their love of God with “our neighbors” on the other side of our world! Although we may have barriers in language, there is no doubting the communication this quilt will provide. Enjoy building your quilt!

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