Recently I was asked to talk to a group about quilts. Now, I don’t consider myself a quilter and really don’t feel particularly qualified to talk about the subject, but this was a friend and I have a hard time saying no.
Everyone assured me it was no big deal, so I loaded up my quilt show-and-tell and faced my fears.
The group was enthusiastic, even if their questions were a little … unusual:
- “Can you make the back out of marshmallows? That would be cool!”
- “What about dinosaurs? Can you put dinosaurs on a quilt?”
- “Do you have to use a needle to make a quilt?”
- “Will you make a quilt for my baby brother? I just love him!”
As you might have guessed, this was no quilt guild. No, this was my daughter’s preschool class and I was a special guest during letter Q week. For the record, my answers were:
- “It might be a little sticky, but you’d have something yummy to eat in the middle of the night if you got hungry.”
- “Yes, you can use dinosaur fabric.”
- “Take your finger. Now poke this quilt. Is it doing anything? Do you think you could push thread through with your finger? That’s why you need a needle.”
- “You are a very sweet big sister!”
We sat on the floor and touched the quilts, looked at the patterns, block shapes and fabrics, and just enjoyed exploring something new. While I thought the quilts were pretty cool, the kids were most impressed by my quilting rulers — all four of them (and three of them are squares). My joke about a quilt sandwich was a huge hit, although it really doesn’t take much to amuse a bunch of 4- and 5-year-olds.
I’m still not ready to start talking quilts with the local guilds but feel free to book me for your kid’s preschool class.