Last week I taught a hand sewing class and I saw her sitting there with a glum face. So I asked her what was wrong and she said that she doesn't enjoy sewing by hand.
I gave her the scrap box and told her to do whatever she wanted with it and to show me what she DOES enjoy doing.
First of all the she fished out all of the solids and from those chose blues and greens. She then cut them into small rectangles ranging between 3 x 4 cm to 5 x 7 cm.
She arranged them into color piles and began sewing.
She sewed them into strips and then joined the strips.
I watched her color coordination. She is extremely talented.
Her sewing technique needs to improve but that is a "practice makes perfect" skill so I chose not to comment at all during the lesson so as not to stifle her creativity in any way.
At the end of the lesson I asked her to stay awhile and then discussed the sewing and ironing with her.
I chose not to interfere with her choice of fabrics, cutting sewing and ironing at all. They can all be improved upon with time. She needs to develop her talent.