A Leavenworth quilt shop is taking part in a national campaign to enlighten children of the art form.

First City Quilts, 200 S. Fifth St., will join hundreds of quilt shops across the United States in a program titled Row by Row Junior.

The program is for children 6-14 years old and will be held from June 21 through Oct. 31.

The program is a version for children of the summer program for quilt producers known as Row by Row Experience.

Children will visit quilt shops and collect a free sewing pattern.

“We want to introduce kids to the intrinsic benefits of learning how to sew,” said Janet Lutz, creator of Row by Row Experience in a press release. “Making things on today’s modern sewing machines incorporates all of the elements of STEM education in an artful way that builds self-esteem and perseverance.”

Row by Row Junior began in 2017. Six new patterns and project ideas designed around the theme Sew Musical have been introduced this year, according to a press release.

First City Quilts owner Maria McKenzie said her shop will offer two quilt patterns in the Sew Musical theme. One quilt pattern is of piano keys and another quilt pattern is a rural scene with musical notes at the bottom for “Home on the Range,” the state song of Kansas.

“Fostering intergenerational relationships and learning to sew at home is important to the Row by Row Junior program,” Lutz said.

For more information about the program, visit www.rowbyrowexperience.com

For more information about First City Quilts, visit www.firstcityquilts.com or call 913-682-8000.