In Mrs. Harris’ summer school class at Fairview Elementary School, students aren’t brushing up on spelling words or math equations. They are creating art.
Eight girls from age 8 to 10 spent three weeks learning how to quilt and sew. Under the watchful eye of their teacher, they learned how to make a pillow, a pin cushion and a quilt.
At the end of the summer session, the girls were able to show off their hard work to a parade of other summer school classes, parents and staff members as they walked through the class.
Emily Harris has been sewing since she was a little girl. Her parents taught her the craft by having her patch pieces of cloth together to make blankets.
“It used to be they were made out of old clothes that you don’t wear anymore,” she said. “They were made to keep you warm. Now it’s an art form.”
Quilting became one of her hobbies, and the former Bellevue Public Schools teacher began to share her love of the craft.
Harris began the sewing classes around five years ago. She’s taught quilting at Betz and Bellevue elementary schools as well as at Fairview, where her class met this summer.
Springfield McCauley, 9, was one of Harris’ students. She made a brown quilt that she plans on using as the quilt on her bed.
She said she even has started a dress made out of a pair of her dad’s old jeans.
That prompted Harris to note she always warns her students to ask their parents before they start cutting up their clothes.
“I’m going to keep sewing,” Springfield said. “I’ve been sewing with my grandma since I was 3.”