Keeping Us in Stitches Activity: Geometric Shapes Pieced Quilt Top Design
to help students understand the design process of pieced quilt blocks and quilt
tops and the
of geometry a quilter needs to design pieces that fit together.
Illinois State museum Web site used:
the students will be able to create one or more paper
blocks (and work in a group to create a quilt top) by arrang-
geometric shapes of cut fabric pieces so they fit together into
block of a specified size.
Required: one 40-50 minute period
glue stick, poster board
paper block foundation for each student (printout)
pre-cut (cotton) fabric pieces (for 25 students
1-2 blocks each
two-inch squares of fabric A
triangle half-squares (2") of fabric B
triangle half-squares (2" of fabric C
one-inch squares of fabric D
pieces can be cut rapidly with a rotary cutter and a plastic quilter's rule
on a cutting
Ask a quilter to help.
view the pieced quilts online, in books, in their literature illustrations,
and in per-
discuss how quilters use geometric shapes such as squares and triangles to make
blocks to make quilts.
the pieces they are going to use, students watch the teacher arrange pieces
paper, noticing the variations possible and how the pieces must be inside
edges of the block.
teacher demonstrates how to use the glue stick on the paper section, then press
fabric piece (putting the glue on the fabric is messy, difficult, and time-consuming).
out paper foundations to students
glue and scissors ready on desks/tables
fabric pieces randomly among students or groups who share
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