Quilt class offered at Extension office

Quilt class offered at Extension office Quilters can make the Posts and Rails quilt at the Clay County Extension office Feb. 22. This unique design is a reproduction of a 100-year-old quilt adapted for today's rotary cutter techniques and machine piecing.

An instruction book written by quilt teacher Mary Waller accompanies the class.

A free information session to see sample quilts and learn more is Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m in the kitchen at the Clay County Extension Office. Students may register for the class at the information session or by mail. Pre-registration for the information session is encouraged.

The Posts and Rails quilt is made of squares and rectangles and works equally well in a planned color scheme or a scrap version. This simple design uses large simple shapes, is easy to construct and perfect for beginning quilters. Instructions for four sizes are included in the instruction book.

The class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students provide fabric, sewing machine and basic sewing supplies and select the size quilt they wish to make. The $45 fee includes lunch and instruction book.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Waller at 624-6629 or mswaller@iw.net or the Extension office at 677-7111.

An exciting new program called MusicTime is coming to Vermillion! MusicTime is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. The class will include singing, moving and exploring on musical instruments. Singing babies? How do you teach music to young children? The answer is simple: the same way you teach language to young children.

"Ba-ba-ba" or "da-da-da" are often the first sounds of a babbling baby. But they could also be the first musical sounds of a baby. Music is learned much the same way that a language is learned.

For example, in language development children are immersed in a rich language environment with opportunities to babble and eventually, after much trial and error, to communicate. With music development, children need to be immersed in a rich musical environment with opportunities to babble and explore.

They need to dance and move to experience rhythm and flow, all the while developing many areas of the brain and strengthening the bond between child and parent.

MusicTime promises all that plus a fun time for children and parents. A 10-week session is planned meeting once a week for 45 minutes. Two separate classes will be offered: one for children ages birth-18 months and one for children 18 months to 3 years of age.

The instructor, Laynie Alba Mitchell, received her M.M. in music education at Michigan State University where she was a teacher and coordinator of the Early Childhood Music Program at MSU.

She has taught music in the public schools for the past 13 years before moving to Vermillion with her husband, Christopher and baby son, Sam.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Laynie Alba Mitchell at 624-0218.

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