Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Your Culture Quilt

Instructor- Amy DeLeo

Grade Level- Eighth Grade Subject- Quilts Title: Your Culture Quilt

Brief History / Background-

Throughout history, women and sometimes men have used the art of quilting for many diverse purposes: to keep warm, to decorate their homes, to express their political views, to remember a loved one. Made by hand- often collaboratively using familiar materials such as scraps of clothing, quilts are personal and communal, aesthetic and functional. Quilting continues to be a largely a home- based form of art engaged in primarily by women. Quilts reflect the lives of the people who create them. Quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time.

PA Academic Standards:

9.1.6.B- Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review, and revise original works of art.

9.1.6.E- Know and demonstrate how arts can communicate experiences, stories or emotions through the production of works in the arts.

9.2.6.G- Relate works in the arts to geographic regions

Goal- to create a quilt that represents the culture of the entire class

Objectives- Students Will-

1- Define what a quilt is and describe some of the historic purposes and uses of quilts.

2-Learn how this type of quilt was used historically.

4- Learn to identify elements in quilts, such as colors, shapes, patterns, and symbols.

5- Learn how quilts can be objects of both everyday use and artistic expression.

Resource materials:

I will show a slide show of examples of quilts from different cultures

I will discuss the meaning of the quilts

I will show the various types of designs used in quilts


Pieces of your old clothing that represent you




Cotton/polyester stuffing

Teacher Preparation: Gather supplies, make an example, make a teaching board, Gather books on quilting Show the slide presentation on various types of quilts


1- Students will design a 12x 12 square out of the clothing pieces they want to use for their part of the quilt.

2- Students will gather all the squares lay them out and design the entire quilt

3- Students will pin the squares together and we will sew them all together

4- Once they are all sewn together we will learn how to put the stuffing in and attach the backing

Time Budget:

The first class I will introduce the lesson. I will also show slides with examples of quilts from many cultures.

The second class

20- Minute work time to work on their individual squares

10 -minute clean up

10-minute critique and discussion

The third class-

We will design how the quilt should be put together and begin to sew the squares together

The fourth class-

We will finish up the sewing and put stuffing in and sew the back

The fifth class-

We will critique and discuss our class project and what was learned about quilting


Quilt- an item of bedding consisting of two layers of fabric stitched together with a warm stuffing in between, often having a decorative design.

Story Quilt- Depicts bible stories

Patriotic Quilt- national symbols such as stars and stripes were used in American quilts throughout the 19th century

Grooms Quilt- A family record quilt

Friendship Quilt-These are quilts that are made to be given to friends often containing dates signatures and verses.

Safety concerns: be careful with the scissors, needles and pins

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