One of the progressions we have chosen to enhance at the Garden is sewing. It begins when the child is three with lacing cards, bead stringing and the use of plastic sewing needles. When it has been observed that the child is ready to handle a needle with reverence, we give him/her the lesson of button sewing, sewing sequins on card stock and straight stitching. The child then progresses to making small pillows and practice quilts. Then the child is ready to choose fabrics and put together a pattern for their quilt. This involves geometry and pattern/color coordinating. The children learn how to use a real iron to prepare each section. As a staff we have calculated that during our 2017-2018 quilt project we threaded over 15,000 needles. Here are some of the quilts in progress and completed. A couple of children expanded on their skills by making American Girl doll dresses!