Quilts

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Lesley Arnold

I’ve been watching a homeschool group work each Tuesday night on a quilt. It’s been quite a process for them and I’ve loved seeing the fun they have together and the progress they’ve made!
I once visited a public library in Maine that had a quilt on a quilting frame in the front lobby. Each person that entered could take a needle and thread and add stitches to the quilting pattern. That was pretty cool! The finished quilt was to be auctioned off and the money was going to the children’s portion of the library. Making something for others is a very rewarding adventure. “Quilts for Kids” was founded as an organization that makes quilts for children in need of soothing during stressful hospital stays. People can even request a kit for making a quilt that would be donated to the organization. What a wonderful idea!
Quilts can be very intricate or very simple in their design. It takes careful planning as you put a design idea into connected squares or random shapes. I like the idea that some quilts are made from materials that are meaningful to the person, such as one made of the fabric from the shirts a grandfather wore, or I’ve even seen a quilt made out of old socks!
Here are some good books that have a “quilt” theme:
With Needle and Thread: A Book About Quilts by Raymond Bial, Eight Hands Round by Ann Paul, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, and Ann Turner and Thomas B. Allen’s Sewing Quilts.

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