I Am Humbled…

current_issue_09¬†When the February/March issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine arrived, I was humbled to see that I was selected in the Readers’ Choice Awards as the Favorite Paper Piecing Teacher. To be in the company of favorites like, Karey Bresenhan, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, Ami Simms, Ele Sienkiewicz, Diane Gaudynski and other giants in the quilting industry was very humbling. Many thanks for your vote of confidence, for your support and friendship.

Jessie paper piecing

Jessie paper piecing

For several years now I have been using my teaching skills to teach my perfect granddaughter to paper piece.

Ironing fabric is cool, but not clothes

Ironing fabric is cool, but not clothes

She began by choosing fabrics and gradually over the past couple of years has graduated to ironing too.

Learning in a supervised setting

Learning in a supervised setting

Jessie is learning all the steps, but she is always supervised with me standing right next to her when she picks up that rotary cutter.

Placing the fabric correctly is the next step.

Placing the fabric correctly is the next step.

Jessie knows to take the step of placing her next fabric seriously.

Little sister looks on..

Little sister looks on..

Jessie loves taking part in this grown-up activity. Little sister looks on with envy.

Oh, I see how that works...

Oh, I see how that works...

She is learning…

Ooooh scisssors....

Ooooh scisssors....

Not yet my little one…

But I feel ready to paper piece!

But I feel ready to paper piece!

Not yet little grasshopper…

Look at that smile and sense of accomplishment.

Look at that smile and sense of accomplishment.

Although I do love to travel and teach, perhaps my most important job is to share the love of quilting with my perfect granddaughters.

Until next time,

Carol

5 Responses to “I Am Humbled…”

  1. Jane Moxey Says:

    Oh how lovely you shared the pix of Jessie paper piecing! Gosh she’s even more adorable than ever, and as for that little sister — another cutie-patootie for you to love! Cheers! J

  2. Kathy A Says:

    What cuties! I feel how proud you feel….my granddaughter made her first quilt at 7 years. With my assistance, she has made 3 more. I hope to introduce her to paper piecing soon, but right now she is too busy with other things. She is 12yo now.
    Congratulations on being named in Readers Choice Awards as Favorite Paper Piecing Teacher!
    Kathy aka Kela

  3. Bette Lithgow Says:

    What a pleadsure it was to see my comrades from Southwest Florida Quilt Guild enjoying Carol as teacher at retreat. It was my idea to have Carol because she was such a success as teacher for the guild a couple of years ago. I was really looking forward to her return visit with our guild — but another sitution made it impossible for me to enjoy the retreat. A couple of weeks before the retreat I had a heart attack and was confined to home rest for several weeks. I do not remember ever being so disappointed in my life when it was decided that the retreat would be too much for me. I have heard that ALL had a great time at retreat (of course) and I did enjoy the card I received with everybody (including Carol) sending me best wishes. Now I have another visit with Carol to look forward to and soon I hope.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Carol, You granddaughters are darling. How old was your oldest granddaughter when you started teaching her? I have a 4 year old gd that I’d love to teach but don’t think she is there yet.
    Thanks,
    Jackie

  5. Carol Says:

    Hi Jackie:
    I started with her playing with fabric, then picking colors, then sitting on my lap while I sewed (at 5), then having her steering the foundation on the line with an unthreaded needle, then sewing on the line(at 6), then clipping threads (at 7) and finally ironing and rotary cutting (at 9). Just introduce the next step when you feel she is ready.