Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Children and Rotary Cutting

Let's have a frank discussion about the appropriate age to teach a child to use a rotary cutter. Observe: a rotary cutter is a razor blade with a handle. My opinion is that NO child should ever be allowed to be near a rotary cutter. Period, end of discussion.

But how do you begin teaching a child to quilt without the rotary lesson? YOU do the cutting and let them watch----until they are 40 years old! No kidding. There are plenty of other tasks to be learned in the quilt world besides the risks of a razor blade in the hand of a child. Running with scissors comes close, but that's another lesson.

I will begin by cutting 3 1/2 inch squares, and 9 1/2 inch squares. We'll see that in the next post.

Happy trails to you. . .


Becky said...

Mommy, will you please come over? I have a quilt I want to sew, but your grandchildren keep reminding me that I'm 30. You let Anna use one when she was 16. May I puuleeezzzz? It will save you some gas. :-)

Nuts and Bolts Quilting Company said...

Note from Mom: I suppose that at 16 one would no longer be considered a child. And at 30, you have my permission as long as you follow rule number one. The rotary fairy will be watching.

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