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Indian Trail ASP Learns About Quilting

Above is the quilt completed by 3rd through 5th graders at Indian Trail After School Program

Recently Indian Trail After School learned a bit about the Civil War era by way of quilting. Groups 4, 5, and 6 (which are 3rd through 5th grade students) discussed quilting, the different types of patterns, and the pattern meanings. Their goal was to make individual art projects similar to a barn quilt. Two of the quilt patterns chosen by the students were Jacob’s Ladder and Civil War Soldiers Cot Quilt.

Jacob’s Ladder quilt pattern were very common during the Civil War. The pattern used for Jacob’s Ladder was of four patches laid out in strips which gave the idea of paths. The students learned that the Underground Railroad pattern evolved from this earlier pattern as well.

The Civil War Soldiers Cot Quilt pattern came about from the need of bedding during the Civil war. These particular patterned quilts were about 7 feet long, and four and one half feet wide. Not very many quilts survived the war, but the ones that are still around show the basic nine patch pattern that was used and they were mostly woven stripes, checks and plaids.

Group 4 Teacher, Kirsten Cooper, was asked to head up this project by doing the research on types of quilt patterns, and then each group picked their own pattern. Kirsten was also in charge of showing how to do the blocking of the patterns on the individual painting canvasses each student had. Each student later had their own individual canvas to take home. A lot of time was spent on this project and when put all together, it was a beautiful mixed pattern “quilt” as shown by the pictures of the final production!

Written by: Nancy Adams, Program Coordinator, Indian Trail ASP
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 by Karen Smith

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