In July 2016 several EGA members worked with 8 elementary school students for about 10 hours one week. As we talked about telling our stories through stitching, each student worked on her own "Fabric Storyscape" project.
For most, this was a first introduction to using fabric, needles and thread to design and create a story quilt. The girls' enthusiasm blossomed during the week as they worked around the table learning new stitches, found out how to layer a quilt sandwich and had an opportunity to help quilting the final project. They were proud to write artist statements and to share their story quilts at our fall EGA Needlework Show.
Several EGA members joined Nancy Daly at Hawthorne Elementary School in Madison to work with 350 students on an all-school quilt to be hung at the nearby William T. Evjue Access Clinic. Students had previously designed and made their applique pieces for the quilt in March, Nancy did the layout of the complete quilt top and in early May helped guide EGA members in teaching the children to sew on each of their pieces. With classes of 15-25 students at a time, it was a busy and exciting week as many girls and boys learned beginning sewing skills for the first time. Said one 3rd grader after her turn to sew when asked if she would like to do some more, "Oh yes! I’m just getting the hang of this now, it’s fun!". The finished quilt was brought to a chapter meeting for all members to see.
EGA members were delighted to share our love of stitching with the new generation of young fiber artists.