Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Differentiated Instruction

In the world of education, two terms are frequently used: differentiated instruction and making modifications. Wikipedia defines Differentiated Instruction asproviding students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.” For me, I need a multi-modality learning environment to include both visual and auditory materials, especially when quilting. Once information is presented to me, however, I tend to make modifications which fit my ability, learning patterns, and resources.
I frequently visit Blogland to find tutorials to help me along my quilting journey. Many tutorials have visual aids (pictures) as well as auditory and visual aids (videos). The other day, I found a spray basting tutorial.   In the tutorial, the quilt top was basted first. Instead of using tape to secure the batting, Kristie used dumbbells. How clever!!

Usually, I baste the backing fabric first, and for whatever reason prefer that method (probably because that's what I'm used to doing). Which method is better...basting the quilt top first or the back? Perhaps with the next quilt I'll try basting the quilt top first.  Also, as I don't have any dumbbells, I used my sons' weights.
I loved how she used pins to mark key spots on her quilt top. I used pins on the side to mark the center of the backing fabric.

I found this method so much easier than taping. My sandwich was completely aligned, and I finished basting the quilt quicker than usual.
Now, off to finish my quilt, which BTW I need to finish quickly for my granddaughter’s birthday next week…YIKES!!!

Have a great day!


  1. I admire your quilting style ;-) !!! Not to mention, your taste in batiks! Love that backing you have any leftover? ;-)

  2. I just discoverd your blog and LOVE IT! I feel like I found someone else that is going through all the same things that I went through. I will fully admit that I just discovered that you are suppose to square blocks after making more than a couple quilts! I think I had the same look you did! Thanks for sharing your quilting adventures and discoveries! Happy quilting!

  3. I love that backing fabric, too. The dumbbells make perfect sense!

  4. Wow! This is just like you Michelle. Jump into something new and challenging, embrace it... and in such a very short time, you are making beautiful creations! I absolutely love the batik patterns. Amazing! Mary