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Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Gather the pieces of material brought by the class and talk about some of the ways it could be put together as a class quilt. Discuss how to cut figures out of the material and applique them onto another piece of material or make one of the traditional patterns of the pioneers. Come to a consensus of how the quilt will look.
After you have sewn the pieces together and have the top already to go, set up the quilting frame and stretch the bottom piece, fitting it onto the frame with the right side facing the floor. Tack the piece onto the frame, using just a few tacks at this time. Make sure the material is very tight on the frames as it will loosen up as you work on it. Lay the batting out on top of the material, stretching it slightly so that it fits perfectly. Place the pieced material on top with the right side facing up. Stretch it as tight as possible and tack it to the bottom piece. You may remove one tack at a time from the bottom piece as you join the two pieces together and replace it through all of the thicknesses. Keep all of the material pulled as tight as you can as it will loosen as you work on it. When it is tacked securely in place you are ready to either quilt it by stitching it together or tie the quilt. Organize the students into small groups to work on the quilt at different times of the day with a mother helper, if possible, to instruct them in the art of quilting or tying.
When the quilt is nearly finished, remove it from the frames and do the finish work.
When quilt is completed, display it in an area for all the community to see. Students can explain the significance of their piece on the quilt.
Students could draw pioneer symbols on the 4'square material and colored with fabric crayons, ironed and then pieced together, put on a backing, finished and tied with yarn.
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