Sunday, September 02, 2007

What I did this summer

Not much in the way of quilting. I did however finish a few of the many banners I need to create for school. I am trying to create excitement for my job. I teach at the Jewish Community Center and my class is called L'Dor V'Dor. L'Dor V'Dor is a hebrew phrase that means From Generation to Generation. I teach the Jewish Holidays and Traditions. . As opposed to having my own class, I see all of the students in the school each week. The only difficulty, is that I am teaching to 95% non Jewish children. So it is challenging because to most of the children (and parents) the words are strange and the holidays and traditions unfamiliar. So as a way to announce holidays and increase interest in whay I do in my classroom, I created these banners. The first is outside my room at all times. (my entrance is obscure so I am hoping that the banner will entice parents to come and see what I do).




The second is changeable.
As the holidays approach, I will change out the banner. Each Friday I will put out the "Shabbat" (hebrew for sabbath) banner. I hope that these hold up. I found the vinyl on sale at Joanns but fused and appliqued regular cotton fabric on top. I think that if I take them down over weekends, and treat them kindly, they may last for a few years. After all, other than the L'Dor V'Dor banner, they won't be outside for long periods of time. After the first week of school I received NO COMMENTS on my banners! URGH!!!! Oh well, given time, I hope that both the staff, parents and children begin to notice. If not......I'll keep on doing it anyway! You never know who notices but doesn't make a comment. Now, I'd really better get sewing as I have nothing quilty left to post about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 comments:

Gail said...

Wonderful idea, and I bet plenty notice but just don't comment, figuring it is your 'norm'. They look very good.

Sweet P said...

Those are beautiful banners. I'm sure someone noticed but just didn't say anything.

atet said...

What great banners -- I'm betting someone noticed, and will continue to notice as holidays come up. What a great idea to help students! It's got to be frustrating when 95% of the students have no clue what it is you're talking about -- hang in there!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

These banners are great. Sometimes people just don't comment because they have no idea that you didn't just pick them up at a supply store somewhere. I have had this happen with homemade gifts and it's all because the recipients thought it was purchased... but, still. Keep doing what you're doing, it's drawing the necessary attention to what you're teaching and will be remembered in the long run, I'm sure!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Love your banners! Wish I had some bright colors when I was going to Sunday and Hebrew school.

Hanukkah is early this year how are you doing on your UFO tablerunners?

Nancy said...

Morah, these banners are just terrific. I have something similar in my home that changes with the Christian liturgical seasons. In fact, I need to post a picture of the one I put up recently . . . .

Susan said...

The banners are great. I was surprised to find out that this is connected to the Jewish Community Center, but 95% of the children are non-Jewish!

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