Step 1: Select a Site
Step 2: Plan Your Dates, Times and Advertising
Step 3: Gather Your Supplies
Step 4: Prizes
Step 5: Setting Up Your Site
- Food/Break Area (we will talk about this later)
- Supply Area (this is where you centrally locate scissors, thread, yarn, and other shared supplies.)
- Prize Area (we will talk about this later)
Step 6: Running the Event
- Ask for people to RSVP – It really makes it easier if you know how many people are showing up with sewing machines.
- Food Area – When we start planning the event we usually set aside a small amount of money to pay for plates, utensils, coffee and donuts.
- Radio – Playing holiday music really gets everyone in the mood. It also relaxes people and makes it easier to talk to a room full of strangers.
- TV/DVD Player – This comes in handy for the kids.
- Registration Sheets/Door Prize Tickets – It’s important that you get the names and contact information of everyone there.
- Put up directional signs – Depending on your site, you may need to have signs telling people where you’re meeting.
- Pre-cut some strips for quilting – There are going to be quite a few people arriving who are all ready to go.
- Give people instructions – We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation that we use to help people understand the process.
- Designate a Ring Leader - We have found it necessary to designate someone as ring leader.
Step 7: Making the Quilts
By the way, we photograph all of our quilts as they are finished. It gives everyone a chance to cheer and share in a sense of accomplishment.
Step 8: Making the Quilts: Step 1
Step 9: Making the Quilts: Step 2
Step 10: Making the Quilt: Step 3
Step 11: Making the Quilt: Step 4
Step 12: Making the Quilt: Step 5
Step 13: Making the Quilt: Step 6
This is an area that most children are very good at doing.
Step 14: Making the Quilt: Step 7
Once the backing and top have been tied together it will need to be taken back to the sewing machines for the edges to be finished.