|I taught the students how to make a simple 4 patch |
and some half square triangles
I talked about fabric and design. I showed the students how to be accurate in their sewing.
|The inside of your block can be crooked but the|
outside should have 90 degree angles.
This makes it easier to sew all blocks together.
(mostly made with men's shirt fabric I bought in Verona)
Using the sewing machine in a safe way will be a skill the students will be able to tap into in their future, I am sure, even if they don't ever make another quilt.
|Half square triangles can be used in a border.|
Each student will be creating and designing their own block that relates to an art principle: Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Movement, Pattern and Unity. The blocks of the same principle will be made into a quilt. The 6 crib-size quilts will most likely be donated. To see quilts from past students click here.
|Using simple squares one can create an interesting pattern.|
(This quilt is mainly made with men's shirts.)
The art teacher liked some of my teaching aids, like my coloured photograph of a quilt and the exact same photograph in black and white. This explained the element of value very well.
|Both photos were taken of a group quilt made at a Toronto Public Library |
when I ran quilt program several years ago.
What was so gratifying was the interest of the students.
|The values is what gives this quilt its movement.|
Best moment... when the bell rang and no one moved, just kept sewing!
(the quilts in these pictures are the samples I brought in to show the students)