Children enjoy making colorful quilts in shop's sewing classes

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Jessa Potvin, 10, works on a "streak of sunshine" lap quilt at the Aiken Quilt Shoppe.

Susan Congdon's love of sewing was instilled in her at a young age.


"My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 8," said Ms. Congdon, who is using her knowledge to teach young children how to sew and quilt at the Aiken Quilt Shoppe.

Twice each month, she teaches a children's program at the shop. Last week, she held a quilt camp.

"I've read there is a resurgence in sewing. I hope I can instill a love of sewing in these girls," she said.

The two-hour class met each day last week. To provide one-on-one instruction, the class was limited to four children. The girls worked on "streak of sunshine" lap quilts.

All of the girls had already had some sewing experience.

"It's really fun," said Clara Hanger, 9, who picked fabrics in hues of pinks and greens to make her quilt.

"I picked out the border. I really like it, and then I picked colors to match it," she said.

Jessa Potvin, 10, didn't get to pick out her own colors, but said the fabrics her mom chose blended well with the decor of her bedroom.

Another class is scheduled for June 23 through 27. The cost is $60 plus materials.

The children's sewing club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

In addition to children's classes, there are several adult classes.

Sally King will teach a banner-making class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $20 plus pattern and materials. Ms. Congdon will teach a table runners and toppers class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

To learn more about the classes offered at the Aiken Quilt Shoppe, 405 Hayne Ave., call (803) 649-7511.

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