Making a quilt is a complex undertaking. It involves problem solving, using math skills, manual dexterity, and sometimes even requires a little help from your friends! For Quiltabration, students will begin by learning a little about the history of quilt making in America, focusing on traditional quilt patterns. These patterns have funny names like Nine Patch, “Steps to the Altar,” Beginner’s Joy, Summer Winds, and Windmill. Many times these patterns represent specific events or stories. Students will take a look at several quilt blocks and the quilts made using them. Then it’s time to do some designing themselves and make their own quilt blocks, which will then turn into their own community quilt. It’s a regular quilting bee, a “quiltabration” of student efforts!
Sample learning objectives:
… learn the basic practice of quilt making in American in order to design, cut, and assemble their own quilt blocks based on traditional patterns
… use rulers and appropriate formulas to measure and enlarge their patterns in order to translate their pattern from paper to fabric
… work collaboratively to create a quilt that reflects the values of the group
… recognize and generate equivalent forms in fabric of commonly used fractions and percentages
… review the different kinds of symmetry (bilateral and radial) and be able to identify them in traditional quilt blocks