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Teaching Kids (And Others) To Quilt

A review of

Traditional Quilts For Kids To Make
by Barbara Eikmeier

Traditional Quilts For Kids To Make
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In her latest book, Traditional Quilts for Kids to Make, Barbara Eikmeier shares her insights into teaching children to quilt. But this isn’t just a typical “kids’ quilt” book — it’s a great introduction to traditional patterns and good quilting practices.

I was expecting small quilts made from a couple of easy blocks for getting kids started with the idea of making a quilt. But that’s not what I found. Instead, Barbara has written this wonderful teaching guide that is perfect for teaching adult beginners, not just children.

Granted, Barbara uses some easy piecing strategies for many of the blocks to keep the frustration down and the fun up. But she covers all the little tricks of good cutting, piecing, and ironing that took me a long time to gather from many places when I first began quilting.

Barbara wrote this book not to the children themselves, but to the one who will be teaching children. It is a lesson plan for fun, with good quilting practices thrown in for good measure.

Teach Yourself To Quilt

It also strikes me that this would be a good teach-yourself-to-quilt book. Any beginner who has never made a quilt or never finished one because of all the problems along the way would benefit from this road map to finished traditional quilts.

Barbara covers 15 traditional blocks and four settings, and includes instructions to make eight different quilts. The sample quilts in this book are all made by children, which shows how effective these directions really are.

Most of the blocks use the simple construction method of sewing on a small square along a diagonal line to a larger square, then trimming to construct the triangles. But Barbara also tells how to cut triangles and sew them, too. She shows more than one way to do most of the tasks because some children master some skills more easily than others.

If you want to teach your children or grandchildren to quilt, this is a great place to start. If you work with a troop of scouts, this book would do more than help them earn merit badges. It helps kids, not only to build self-esteem and self-confidence, but to make a quilt large enough to sleep under.

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Traditional Quilts For Kids To Make

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Traditional Quilts For Kids To Make

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