they did it!

I would say that you have to have a certain amount of adventure in your being to learn something entirely new. To begin in a journey of epicness takes first steps that are often clumsy and unsure. Cradled in your heart is a desire to do all things well and perfect, but you quickly learn that it takes repetition and practice to do the things you will consider simple after a few tries.

Thankfully your guides on this journey are seasoned professionals at teaching and all things sewing. Their willingness to put their all into helping you succeed is contagious, and your journey to learn the new is exciting, fact filled, bursting with encouragement and seasoned with tons of grace.

Soon you find out that you really can sew. You really did just conquer this first step and your heart is bursting with pride as you carry your success in a pillowcase home.

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With a win under your belt you feel empowered and motivated to create more. Which is why before you leave you sign up for the next level of classes and then go home and encourage your bestie to sign up for the first one so that one day when ya’ll are good and ready you can hang out at the studio and simply do life together over a machine.

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Knowing that this whole thing would not have been nearly as possible as it was without the partnership with A-Best Sew & Vac, a local business that loves to help people sew with quality equipment. On behalf of the teachers and the students.. we thank you lots for the availability of the sewing kits and the opportunity to use amazing machines. Ya’ll really do bless us!

** our next beginner class is scheduled for October 19th 6-8  and if you have taken that class you are welcome to come join us in making a new project on October 21st 3-5.**

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The last refrain 

No where in a music score does it tell a listener how to react properly. When you read music as you play it’ll cue your brain to manipulate the instrument that you are playing into crescendos or fortissimo or some other type of expression, but it doesn’t give the listener any cues as to how the music will affect their heart.  It’s up to you the musician to put  passion and voice into the music to make it memorable for the listener. 

He was the former band director of our little school in Iowa, and he passed away in a bike accident a few short days ago. Last night as I sat in the hot gym I sat with  his friends and family as we listened to speeches, scriptures and songs given in honor of a man who devoted his life to the art of making sure the listener listened to the music being played. 

His friend spoke of times they adventured. His oldest daughter spoke of his love for doing small things everyday to master anything.  Love poured out of the lifelong friend who sang “Bourning Cry.” Then there was a band, 40 steller musicians that offered their time and talent to honor the legacy of a man who had touched them in some way. 

I listened to the music played by this all star band made up of former students, colleagues, and lifelong friends and my heart captured a glimpse of deeper things that happen when one gives their time to play in a band. The diligence of practice that must occur. The friendships that form between people who play the same instument. The sheer grit it takes sometimes to get through learning a new song or instrument. And for this band specifically, it was the beauty of many parts making something amazing together to honor a man who knew God consistently, loved his family emmensly, and gave over 30 years of his life to the art of making music in the local school. 


Mr Dahn, you’ll be missed by this community you called home. You’ll be missed by generations of band students you so patiently guided and lead over your years as band director, but most importantly your life will be missed by a whole host of people that you encouraged excellence from simply because your passion for great music was contagious.