Activities & Resources
Cast of Characters
Depression Era Art
Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
Pieced Quilts
Applique Quilts
Whole Cloth
Activities & Resources
Matter of Style
Making Connections

Teacher orientation (html) to Keeping us in Stitches module.


Design your own log cabin quilt pattern with this fun interactive. This activity requires a flash plugin on your computer, which may be downloaded for free on the Macromedia site.

Drag, drop and color many historical shapes and motifs to create an applique quilt top. This activity requires a flash plugin on your computer, which may be downloaded for free on the Macromedia site.

Teachers can lead students through all or some of the following activities, which are available for printout as PDF or HTML files. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to read and print PDF files.

These activities can be used with most age groups if some simplification is made in the materials or techniques.

Create a pieced quilt top with geometric shapes (html version) by gluing pre-cut fabric squares and triangles onto a grid after designing a pattern. (grade 2 + up)

Design a crazy quilt (html version) collage by gluing fabric shapes onto a base paper or fabric and embellishing with embroidery, beads, lace, and buttons. (grade 3 + up)

Create a hexagon quilt (html version) top by coloring in patterns on hexagon graph paper provided. (grade 2 + up)

On paper or cloth, drawing with pencil or needle and thread, construct a White Work whole cloth quilt (html version) (grade 3 + up)

Learn traditional appliqué by designing on paper an appliqué bedcover (html version)

Learn about the quilting process by interviewing a quilter who (html version) visits your classroom with quilts.

Become a quilt detective (html version) and uncover history recorded in handmade objects by researching patterns, fabrics, and colors.

Color the paper blocks and play with rearranging them as you explore variations of the log cabin pattern (html version)

Create a story quilt (html version) based on Faith Ringgold's art quilts.

The Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards (html version) for this section are also available for printout.

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