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17 Captivating Culture Quilt Activities
November 5, 2023 // by Keren Dinkin
Culture quilts are a fun and effective way to promote cultural awareness among your students and teach them about the importance of diversity. These activities not only showcase the unique backgrounds and traditions of your kiddos but also build a sense of community in your classroom. Have a look at our list of 17 unique and engaging culture quilt activities to promote critical thinking and facilitate important conversations in your classroom!
1. The Keeping Quilt
Explore the lessons of The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco with your students. This fantastic book will teach them about the importance of cultural traditions and family heirlooms that are passed down for generations. After finishing the book, have them design their own culture quilts focused on their own family’s traditions.
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2. Quilt of Belonging
Help your class to create a shared culture quilt, highlighting the concepts of diversity and belonging. Each of your kiddos will make their own square to be combined into a “quilt” representative of your whole class. This is a perfect activity to have them appreciate the unique make-up of their class while creating a beautiful and meaningful piece of art.
Learn More: Quilt of Belonging
3. Class Culture Quilt
Some construction paper and drawing materials are all you need to weave a tapestry of camaraderie! During this fun activity, your class will create a word web around quilting and cultural themes. This group task will expand their understanding of culture as well as expand their vocabulary on this topic.
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4. Heritage Quilt
Give your students the opportunity to showcase their families’ cultural roots with this heritage quilt activity! Have them use paper squares to create a visual biography of their ancestors’ cultural traditions, sharing important aspects of their identities with their classmates.
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5. Collaborative Quilt
Creating a collaborative quilt will weave your classroom community together. This activity promotes critical thinking as your kids learn about the lasting impact of slavery, the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and the Freedom Quilting Bee.
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6. Diversity Quilt
This fun activity lets your kiddies stitch together a colorful tapestry that showcases the diversity of your classroom community. Have them interview one another about their cultures as they work on their unique quilt squares.
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7. Family Quilt
Have your kiddos put together memories and stories from each member of their family to celebrate their unique family units. They can interview family members about their unique traditions then share these stories in the classroom and discuss what family means to them.
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8. Family Memory Quilt
This quilt activity is a great opportunity for your students to share their family histories with their classmates. This fun activity will see each child create a quilt with squares representing different family members and the memories they have together. It’s a sweet way to celebrate their family unit and makes for a super gift!
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9. Quilting the Past and Present
For this activity, your kiddos will interview elders in their family or community to get a unique perspective on life from another generation. Then have them create paper patches that represent the past and present and use them to create paper quilts! This activity will help your class to reflect on and appreciate their culture and elders.
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10. Peace and Harmony Quilt
A “Peace and Harmony Quilt” is the perfect way to represent the unity of your classroom or school community. The finished product could be used in the next school year’s inaugural display as a symbol of peace and understanding among all the school’s students and teachers regardless of their backgrounds.
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11. Quilt Around the World
Have each of your learners pick one country and research its culture. Using what they have learned, they’ll then cut out different shapes from various fabrics to represent this country’s culture and stitch them together to make a unique quilt!
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12. Personal Culture Quilt
Weave together an exciting classroom experience with this simple introductory culture quilt activity. First, have your kiddies fill out the printable template that features different quilt squares signifying different aspects of their lives. You can then facilitate a whole class discussion on the similarities and differences between each of your kids’ work before pinning the squares together!
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13. Flag Quilt Block
Teach your class about American history with this flag quilt activity. Using a printable template, they’ll create a patchwork version of the beloved Star Spangled Banner! This creative activity is a perfect art project for your social studies class.
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14. Quilting, Art, and Connection to Place
Explore the rich social history of quilt-making with this amazing activity. Watch a short film about quilters in Gee’s Bend and then lead your learners in a discussion on the civil rights movement in that region. You can then examine how quilts can reflect traditions and cultural stories, reinforcing bonds between generations.
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15. Read Aloud the Story “The Arabic Quilt”
Read The Arabic Quilt with your pupils, then encourage them to discuss the cultural themes in the plot and how they relate to their own identities. It’s the perfect introduction to then have them create a quilt that reflects important aspects of their own cultures and personal experiences.
Learn More: Read Aloud The Arabic Quilt
16. Visit a Local Quilt Shop
If you can, then why not take your students on a fun field trip to a nearby quilt shop? They can explore the fabrics and patterns that are used in quilting and learn more about the work that goes into creating a quilt If a field trip isn’t an option, then take a virtual tour in this YouTube video instead!
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17. Host an Elementary Art Lesson on the History of Weaving
Travel back in time and explore this traditional method of quilt-making! Introduce your kiddos to the history of weaving by exploring traditional techniques, materials, and patterns used in ancient cultures. They’ll love this chance to look into the past!
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Classroom quilts are a fun kids’ community service project which combines art, fabric and imagination! Students do not need to know how to draw to participate in this easy kids art project to promote team building skills and creative cooperation.
No worries if making a quilt sounds intimidating; this is not the traditional “quilt’, but classroom art that anyone of any age can lend their talents.
Kids not not have to “artists” to lend their drawing and coloring skills to a classroom quilt. This is a great project to start off the school year as students enter new schools, new homerooms and meet new friends with the end result being a hand drawn quilt to enjoy, donate or auction as a school fundraiser.
Clip art for inspiration or tracing
Fabric or bond adhesive to make front of quilt
Fleece for backing
White cotton fabric for squares ( I use pre cut squares found on eBay) 6.5″ by 6.5″
Adult volunteer to assemble quilt
Choose A Theme
Choosing a theme for the quilt is not only fun, but helps lend organization to a project with many students. Theme classroom quilts are very popular as current trends can be incorporated into the quilt theme.
Choosing a theme is also a great way to have children collaborate, negotiate and compromise to collectively choose a theme. The process is also a nice way to introduce team building in the classroom.
The Superhero theme is always very popular and brings a smile to all ages.
Some artists like to draw freehand while other young artists like to color. I usually have plain squares available and also sketch out a few templates for those who like to color, but are not comfortable drawing.
For example in another very popular theme is a dog/puppy themed quilt. Woof! Everyone loves a cute doggie on a quilt. Public domain clipart was used for inspiration; clipart is ideal as the images can be easily traced for those artists who’d prefer not to draw freehand. Google cute free dog clipart and a huge selection of images were available.
2. Prepare The Fabric Squares
Preparation is critical prior to gathering students. The preparation does take time; however, this is a project that is similar to a make ahead dish!
- Choose the size of the white fabric square. I used a 6.5 ” by 6.5″ white cotton square. This size leaves a nice 5.5″ size drawing area – the selvedge area (edge which will be in the quilt seam needs to be figured in the square size).
- A quarter inch selvedge edge for each side of the square is standard. Four sides with 1.4″ selvedge edge equals a 5.5″ size drawable area.
- Prepare the freezer paper. Size to 70-80% of the fabric square. For a 6.5″ by 6.5″ fabric square each piece of freezer paper should be anywhere from a square measuring 5.5″ to 6.5″. The freezer paper is used to stabilize the square for drawing and prevents the fabric markers from possibly bleeding through to the surface below.
- With a fabric marker draw a border 1/4″ in from each edge. This will create a square which indicates the drawable area. Don’t worry about the marker lines, the lines will disappear when the square is quilted.
Freezer Paper Tip!
One of the nice aspects of this community service project is the ability to use donated fabrics and reuse the freezer paper. The freezer paper can be used multiple times – don’t throw it away once its’ been used!
For this project I would highly recommend a brand name freezer paper as the experience with bargain freezer paper was less than adequate. I also recommend brand name fabric markers and the Crayola or Tulip brand fabric markers have proven consistently successful. Crayola has a classpack fabric marker which contains 80 fabric markers and is wonderful for classrooms or group events.
3. Draw Draw Draw!
Now the fun begins! Once a theme has been chosen and the squares have been prepped it is time to gather the kids and let the imagination and creativity roll! I have found bringing imagery is very helpful to inspire and it is also helpful if there a few squares with the outline image drawn in with a fabric marker to help those bashful artists or younger kids.
4. Remove the Freezer Paper
Once the squares have been drawn the freezer paper can be peeled off. Store the freezer squares flat.
5. Prepare the Squares To Be Quilted
The arrangement of the squares can be left for the quilter to decide or can be arranged ahead of giving the squares to the quilter. It is fun to lay out the squares on the floor like a puzzle to arrange and rearrange the prospective quilt.
4. Backing For the Quilt
A fleece backing works very well for the backing of the quilt. The traditional quilt with batting and backing can of course be utilized.
A no sew version of the quilt can also be made with heat bond adhesive. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a quilt with sewing!
The number of squares in a quilt is variable, but as the quilts are usually kids or lap blanket sized, figure 35-40 6.5″ squares per quilt. The quilt will be a rectangle.
Donated fabric and fleece can usually be obtained from a crafter or sewers stash. Put the word out before the project that fabric scraps are needed to make a classroom quilt and I guarantee donations will surface.
Plan on 1.5 yards of fleece for one quilt which makes a warm and comfy backing.
Community Service Projects For Kids
The classroom quilt is appropriate for all ages – if the children can draw – they can participate in a classroom quilt. There is no skill level required and some of the youngest artists are the most creative!
The handprint version of the classroom quilt is also an interactive project for very young children while introducing children how to contribute to a community service project or nonprofit organization.
Another fun and rewarding Community Service Project for kids is to help make sleep mats for the homeless. Plastic bags are recycled to make sleep mats by turning the plastic bags into plarn and then knitted or crocheted into the sleep mat. Plarn is plastic yarn made from plastic bags.
How can kids help? Each sleep mat takes 500-700 plastic bags. That is alot of bags! Collecting plastic bags (and a valuable recycling exercise) can be done individually or as a group effort.
The plastic bags can then be made into plarn! Making plarn is very easy and also very labor intensive due to the number of bags. I’ve included a resource How To Make Plarn and how to hold a Plarn Bag Drive.
I have found that children interested in Community Service Projects like the Classroom Quilt are also interested in making plarn.
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How To Turn Plastic Into Sleep Mats For Homeless
Plastic Bag Drives For Plarn
September 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm
A great project and for a good cause too!
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September 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm
I admire you who quilt. Absolutely beautiful work.
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These quilt blocks were often joined by multicolored, pieced narrow strips of cloth that were reminiscent of Kente cloth (traditionally woven in Africa for kings). Harriet Powers (1837-1911) was a famous African-American quilter who has inspired other artists with her applique in the manner of African artists. Your students might like to know that some African-American quilters purposely included a "mistake" in the quilt because they felt that only God could make something perfect. Contemporary artist Faith Ringgold continues in the tradition of the story quilt with her painted and sewn quilts. Her work is represented in many museum collections.
- Make copies of the Story Quilts student page.
- Distribute them to all students.
- Go over the directions with the students.
- Muslin Quilt Small squares (6 x 6 inches) of muslin could be created by each student using fabric markers, crayons, paints, or pastels.
- Write the Story of Your Quilt Block After students have created their individual blocks, have them write a story about the event they have depicted. These could be quite detailed and then compiled into a classroom book. When the quilt is displayed on the wall, have the students tell their story to the class, or invite parents for a special evening.
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Directions 1. After students have finished reading a book, have them choose a key scene, main event, character, chapter, or theme to illustrate.
2. Squares can be made from paper or cloth. The simplest format is white construction or copy paper cut into a square with dimensions of nine to 12 inches. The size of the square and the number of students will determine how large your final quilt will be.
3. We suggest that you guide students to draw a draft of their quilt square on scratch paper. This will help them plan the spacing and arrangement of their visual and written responses.
4. Around the edges of the square, students draw a one-inch border.
5. Inside the border the students create their illustration. We suggest that you have them include a sentence or two explaining the significance of the illustration, or a quote directly from the book that supports the illustration.
6. Students can create their quilts with their literature circle group (so that each group uses a common motif for the border but each student creates his/her own square). You can also create the quilt with the whole class. In that case, students brainstorm ideas for symbols to go around the border and then vote for their favorite.
7. As a final touch, every student draws in the border.
8. You then mount all the squares on a long strip of butcher paper. If you don’t have the right number of squares to make even rows, you can have a student (or group) create an extra square with the title of the book and author. If you need yet another square to even things out, you can ask another student to create a square that identifies the class that made the quilt and include the date.
REMEMBER: An important part of extension projects is having each student present their project to the class. With the quilt it is fun to sit in a circle and have each student lay their square on the floor as they talk about their process. This way students get to see the quilt slowly come together into one complete work of art. Return to top
Several examples are shown below. The first is from a 5th grade classroom reading books set during the Revolutionary War and focused on a theme of Finding the Courage to Help Others. The quilt square pictured on the left came from the group that read My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher and James Lincoln Collier. The group designed a border with common symbols, then each member selected an important part of the book to illustrate. Each quilt square also includes a short explanation of how the book tied to the theme. The photo on the right shows another group's segment of the assembled quilt (squares are glued onto a large piece of black butcher paper; yarn "ties" are glued in place)
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Teaching quilting – peek into my classroom
last night I finished yet another Beginner’s Quilting class – what thrilling experience it is, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I am teaching Beginners Quilting class for many years now in my fave quilt shop, Threads of Time . Class is usually 6-8 weeks, but my beginners really get as much time as they need (read – free extra classes always there if needed, till the project is finished). Yes, teaching beginners does take patience and it is a bit different than teaching any other quilting class, but I really, truly LOVE it. My students are so dedicated, fun and enthusiastic to learn, it really is ME who benefits the most!
Here are Persis, Linda and Dori with their finished quilts! (well, maybe few last inches of binding to stitch…)
and Sarah (who had to leave a bit earlier, so not in the photo above):
I mean – can you say FANTASTIC?? They were willing and brave to try everything I asked them to do – even do free-motion quilting for the first time, or use decorative stitches on their machine!!
I am just so proud of them all!! My beginners quilt pattern changes from time to time, but it always involves all the basic elements and blocks (half-square triangles, Flying Geese, Nine-patches, Four-patches…), good useful techniques (like strip-piecing) and of course things that everyone is scared from – mitered borders, free-motion quilting, etc. I am the happiest when they say – “well, that is much easier than I thought it will be!” YESSS. A different beginners pattern:
Another one in the making…
I also recently taught a class called Modern Quilting 101 in another great local shop, Elmwood Village Fabric – same good old techniques, but pattern was closer to modern aesthetics. Full class of eight students – another thrilling, inspirational experience for me!! I didn’t get all of the photos, but here are some of my wonderful MQ101 students and their amazing creations: Beautiful baby quilt…
…with amazing back!
Love these colors:
Another great layout:
And another! Love these colors too:
Simple, yet stunning, don’t you think?
with great quilting details too:
I love teaching other classes too. Specially when it is a great technique, that just unleashes creative possibilities and potentials in my students – like Bargello class!
Or lately, we took Bargello to another level of FUN – by skipping the strip-piecing part to get lots of colors and instead using amazing, versatile OMBRE (color gradation) fabrics. Here are few photos from a Spring Seminar last year, organized by yet another wonderful local shop Pine Grove Quilt Shop (really, how lucky am I to have at least a half a dozen amazing shops in 15 minutes driving radius!!). Starting to build a design with ombre fabric strips…
Add some contrasting colors for fun:
And then some finished designs:
I mean – how amazing and creative are my students?
I did this workshop in Museum Quilt Guild in Batavia, NY and just look at these creative ladies:
Make sure to check out their blog (link above) – these ladies know how to have fun and so many inspirational photos there! And also the post about this workshop and more great photos is HERE . My class sample is the quilt I showed you before – I call it Still Waters:
So – guess what? I will be doing this class again!! This time in Threads of Time shop and if you are close and want to have some instant fun – come join us!! Class is two Wednesday nights, June 18th and 25th, from 6-9pm. Hope to see you there! 🙂
Have wonderful weekend, Marija
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Stitched By Susan Academy
Freehand quilting masterclass, a comprehensive training for mastering freehand quilting skills and navigating design decisions..
The Freehand Quilting Masterclass is the standout program that not only teaches specific quilting designs, but also thought processes that enable you to create your own original work with confidence.
Before I tell you all about this practical training, let's talk about exactly who this program is for.
I know for many longarm quilters, stitching without a computer or a pantograph feels like letting go of your training wheels. Your heart races, you start sweating a little….get a bit wobbly….sound familiar?
- you're just beginning your machine quilting journey and don't know how best to conduct your practice sessions
- you've been quilting for a while, but you've always relied on pantographs or other design aids
- you're an experienced digital quilter, but want to explore that elusive "free motion quilting"
You, my friend, are in the right place!
I'm going to show you exactly how the Freehand Quilting Masterclass can give you the skills, understanding, and support to launch into fearless quilting.
Think for a second.
How wonderful would it feel to load a quilt and.... just start quilting ?
I promise, just like calligraphy or patisserie baking, freehand quilting is a skill that can be learned!
Ever quilted yourself into a corner?
There's a solution for that!
Have you puzzled over how to travel from one motif to another?
There's an easy method for that too!
Ever wondered how to avoid the "soldiers-in-a-row" look? Not pretty. And, you guessed it,
There's a fix for that one too!
You'll emerge from this course with no more paralysis! Instead, you'll have confidence in your quilting decisions and skills, a vastly more relaxed approach, and a huge repertoire of designs to use in your everyday quilting.
It's all about elevating your skill, and lowering your shoulder tension 😉
Here's what some students have to say
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I am having so much fun with each module. I am learning to do things that I never thought I could, managing to combine elements that I never thought I could...
I am having so much fun with each module. I am learning to do things that I never thought I could, managing to combine elements that I never thought I could, and having results that I cannot wait to put into practice on actual quilts. My confidence is soaring through Susan's demonstrations and encouragement.
Great instructor, solid content
Susan's patient and friendly teaching style really sets this class apart from the rest. She finds multiple ways to explain things to her students so that ev...
Susan's patient and friendly teaching style really sets this class apart from the rest. She finds multiple ways to explain things to her students so that everyone understands the concepts, she has some great motifs that I haven't seen in any other courses, and longarm students of all levels will find that they learn something new from Susan. I really enjoyed the course and encourage anyone at any longarm skill level to join the Freehand Quilting Masterclass!
Susan is a wonderful teacher and I am so thankful for her and Dave’s thoughtful work in providing this wonderful class to help all longarm quilters, new and ...
Susan is a wonderful teacher and I am so thankful for her and Dave’s thoughtful work in providing this wonderful class to help all longarm quilters, new and experienced, improve their skills.
MODULE 1 A close look at the anatomy of a good freehand design . Analyzing and identifying all its parts will enable you to apply creative criticism to any design you're working with in the future.
We'll draw and quilt a selection of loopy designs . These are pretty simple, but will open your eyes to the vast possibilities of just adding and tweaking small things.
MODULE 2 Our foundation is firmly in place, so we'll explore the use of deliberate practice to really amp up quilting skill. This is where the magic of increased precision and control starts to happen. We'll break practice shapes down into families, so you can begin to see similarities of themes in quilting designs, and how to apply this type of practice to your daily quilting. There will be stories and examples aplenty.
I'll show you some of my favorite low- or no-cost tools for my quilting studio.
We'll draw and quilt a number of specific shapes for practice.
MODULE 3 Discover the variables of a freehand, repeating design. This is so important for making editions and changes to personalize your work . Also, we'll look for design cues that can inform your quilting choice for any particular project. We'll also talk about thread choices .
And finally, we'll draw and quilt a number of designs with waves, and straight lines . You'll be astonished at the number of creative possibilities with JUST LINES, and this practice grouping will again advance your precision level.
MODULE 4 We’ll look at more variables; this time more mechanical: stitch length and regulation , two methods of basting , and explore when to apply these variables to up-level the quality of your finished quilts.
Now we're getting into some really fun stuff! We'll be quilting arc-based designs - chrysanthemums, continuous curves, irregular arcs...and more.
MODULE 5 We'll look at change-ups. Whether it's scale, shape or form, elements or transitions - we'll apply these concepts to the designs we've already learned so you can see how endless personalization is possible.
Then we'll draw and quilt a host of designs - some floral, some feathery, some paisleys, even flames - you're going to love these! (And don't get overwhelmed just thinking about it - you can take these one at a time, and come back to the demos as often as you like!)
Plus we'll apply some of the the designs we’ve learned as fillers in custom work.
MODULE 6 Practical tips and aids for freehand quilting, such as a no-commitment way to audition designs , how to keep a consistent scale , my favorite marking tools , and how to make your feet keep up with your quilting . Because that's important!
And then, we'll explore row-based edge-to-edge designs. These are quilted in rows, but overlap or nest to create the all-over texture we're after.
When you enroll, you'll receive:
- 6 modules providing theory (or thought processes), video quilting demos, and photo examples from my studio
- doodle and practice sheets to help you master muscle memory
- the "deliberate practice" method I use to quickly advance quilting skill and control
You'll be given access to one module per week, with its corresponding practice sheets and gallery, until all of them have been presented. Then, they are all yours to keep and view as often as you like!
Plus These Bonuses
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Bonus #1 Tension Headaches, Anyone?
(an ebook all about tension and stitch diagnostics)
There is NOTHING so frustrating as having ugly stitches, or gnarls of thread on the quilt bottom, or tension problems, and not be able to solve these things, and get on with the quilting.
So I've collected tips from my experience, and other quilters, and even YouTube, and pulled them all together in one place for you. This ebook is organized into easy-to-skim chapters to help you quickly find the solution to your particular dilemma.
Bonus #2 Challenging Quilts
Seldom does a quilt cross our longarm rails that is PERFECT. I've quilted over 1000 client quilts, and from them I've compiled the posers I've seen, and the approaches I've found effective.
So, you get a whole series of challenges and corresponding tips , PLUS case studies of some severe problems with a ton of photos to show you step-by-step how I addressed each one.
Bonus #3 Binding on the Longarm
Did you even know this was a thing? Yes! You can easily apply binding to the top/front of a quilt, WHILE THE QUILT IS LOADED, ready for turning and hand stitching in place on the back. This is fantastic if:
1) you're in the business of quilting and you'd like an additional service to offer your clients ,
2) you struggle with the awkwardness or weight of handling quilts at your sewing machine
Simple tools and simple skills are all that's required. I'll show you how to do this step by step.
Access to the Freehand Quilting Masterclass private Facebook group. Here you can:
- ask questions of me
- discuss projects & problems
- show off your photos & progress
- attend live Q and As
- support other quilters in their journey
Seriously, my friend, I've tried to include EVERYTHING you need to finish your quilts , find answers to thorny quilting problems, and even start a business , if you so choose.
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Remember my promise?
Confidence...ease...no more paralysis...plus a huge repertoire of useful designs?
I'm so confident in my practice methods, and so positive you can overcome the "stand and stare syndrome" that I'm offering a 14-day risk-free guarantee.
By the end of those 14 days, you'll have received access to the the first two modules, as well as ALL the bonuses.
You'll have had the chance to experience my teaching style, and test drive my practice method.
If you've practiced and see no progress, and don't feel confident this course will elevate your quilting , reach out to me, and I'll refund your investment.
Each "knot" of students will receive the first module on the Friday following enrollment, and each succeeding Friday thereafter until all 6 modules are released. Watch for specific dates in informational emails. All are pre-recorded and can be watched at your convenience.
Nope! These lessons are yours for always! However, I suggest working through the modules with your classmates, but choosing just one or two favorite designs from each module to focus your practice on. Once those are super comfortable, you can circle back and add additional ones.
No. You'll receive immediate welcome and login information. A start date will be provided (the whole knot of students begins on the same day) and a new module will drop each week thereafter.
You'll need a device to watch the presentations - I recommend a computer or casting to a TV in order to see it large enough, but you can certainly use a tablet or smartphone as well. You'll need a machine to stitch on - can be a domestic sewing machine, sit down longarm, or a longarm on a frame. You'll need "quilts" to practice on. Charity quilts...ugly fabric sandwiches...anything will do. You'll benefit by having something to doodle on - can be sketch paper...white board...sheet of paper in a plastic page protector; plus dry-erase markers and a scrap of batting for an eraser.
This is highly personal, but you will see the most transformation if you commit to practcing regularly. For sure it is better to practice 15-20 minutes 4x per week, than to have one giant 4 hour session once a week. And drawing practice counts too!
Yes! I am very active in the private Facebook group, plus the 6 scheduled LIVE Q and A sessions.
Not much! You will see growth and transformation no matter where you begin.
This course focuses on freehand quilting skills (mostly edge-to-edge), and a discussion of my favorite tools. Basic skills, like learning the parts of your machine, or threading it, are best found from your dealership. Many of the episodes on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/stitchedbysusan) highlight day-to-day skills like loading a quilt, choosing threads, etc.
You do not! All the class material is pre-recorded, so you can watch at your own convenience. Supporting events, such as Q and A sessions, are live, but are also recorded so that you can refer back to them.
Still "thinking about it"?
Let me tell you 5 reasons you'll LOVE freehand quilting:
- it's absolutely unique ; no one else does the same design in exactly the same way as you
- $$ savings - no need to purchase someone else's designs
- massive loading/planning/marking time savings
- creative freedom to personalize your quilting for many different purposes and aesthetics
- opportunity to practice high level skills needed for custom work WHILE producing quilts
That's what keeps you motivated to practice....to learn new skills....to CREATE!
Your quilts will thank you!
What have you got to lose?
Learning to quilt entirely freehand has enriched my quilting experience so much, and I want to share that feeling with you!
I've travelled the same road you're on - unsure...questioning myself...and my skill...indecisive...and just wanting to get those quilts done!
And gosh, I've known since Kindergarten Show and Tell that I love explaining things😆 So I would love to personally welcome you into this group of enthusiastic quilters, committed to building a skillset, and finding huge creative joy in the process. What have you got to lose besides your shoulder tension?
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There is much written about the use of quilts during the Underground Railroad days. Known as the Freedom Quilt patterns, these quilts were displayed as signals to slaves that they should begin to pack for the journey (Wagon Wheel),dress up (Shoofly) and get ready to escape (Tumbling Blocks). Quilts were also used to alert fugitive slaves to food (Bear's Paw), the way north (Star) and danger (Log Cabin). Because quilts were such an American tradition, they could be hung on porches or displayed on fences without attracting attention.
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The documents state that the assignment came from another student in the class, but the teacher went along with it.
Students then reportedly pulled out their tablets and dutifully listed ways to kill the selected classmate, with court documents describing how the students came up with ideas to chop him up, throw him out a window, burn him alive, and feed him to a dog.
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CS 161 Homework 5 - Sampler Quilt
Due wed mar 06 at 2:00pm.
The quilt consists of five patterns, illustrated by the first 5 patches in the top row:
- A "log cabin" block consisting of a nested pattern of rectangles
- A bullseye deisgn of concentric circles
- A hybrid pattern combining elements of the log cabin and the bullseye
- A patch with a written message
- A design of your choosing (indicated by a question mark in this diagram)--you are free to replace this pattern with whatever design you like
You can use whatever colors you want for these designs; hopefully your quilt will look less garish than mine! More details about how to create each of these designs are given below.
This assignment should be completed individually. You are welcome to ask for help (either from me or from your classmates), but remember the Gilligan's Island rule!
- To practice writing whole classes
- To practice organizing your program into re-usable methods
- To practice with loops and conditionals
- To experiment with the built-in Java Graphics package, including drawing and colors
- To practice reading, using, and writing Java documentation
You should download and extract the BlueJ project from the Homework5.zip file . This project includes the beginnings of your Quilt class to provide an example and get you started. It also includes a README.txt file that you will need to complete.
To create this program, you will be making a single Java class called Quilt . I have provided the beginnings of this class for you, so you don't need to start from scratch. In this class you will define methods to draw each patch, calling this methods from a single paint() method in order to paint a picture of the quilt. More details about the program can be found below, and an example documentation can be found at the bottom of the page.
Applets and Graphics
- Your quilt class will be drawn using a Java Applet, shown using the built-in appletviewer program. Applets are designed for displaying content on the web, but they suit our needs because they provide an easy way to show a window on the screen and draw on it (you can also use the JFrame class discussed in Chapter 2, but it's more complicated). The overhead is already set up in the Quilt class you downloaded, all you need to do is run the program.
- In order to draw on your Applet, you will need to fill in the public void paint(Graphics g) method. This is like the "main" method of a drawing program: it is the method that is called automatically whenever Java wants to make the applet show up on the screen (you never have to call it; Java does it for you).
- There are many more methods, and you are welcome to explore them all and use them as desired (and if you have any questions about a particular method, just ask!)
- Note that you will want to specify the Color by using a Color object. You can use the constants defined in Color class, or you can use a constructor to make a new Color object with your choice of red, green, and blue values. You can look up these RGB values for different colors online.
The Patch Grid
- If you look at the quilt as a whole, one of the first things to notice is that the different block types are arranged in the quilt so that they form a regular pattern. Each successive row in the quilt has the same blocks in the same cyclic order. You can produce a cycle by using the modulo operator. Notice how 0%3 => 0 1%3 => 1 2%3 => 2 3%3 => 0 4%3 => 1 5%3 => 2 ...
That is, if you keep modding by the number of options, you can simply add one to a count in order to form a cycle!
- In addition, each "patch" will need to be able to be drawn anywhere in the quilt. This means that you'll need to give arguments to the drawing methods that are relative to some position on the screen--generally the upper left corner of the patch. This acts as the "origin" (kind of like (0,0)) for the patch. Notice that the origin for the first patch in the first row is at (0,0), the second is at (PATCH_SIZE,0) the third is at (2*PATCH_SIZE,0)... etc. (do you see a pattern?).
- By making the origin a variable and drawing relative to that origin, we can easily redraw the panel just by changing the origin. So instead of drawing a dot at (50,50), you'd draw a dot at (rx+50, ry+50), where (rx,ry) is the origin for the patch. For this reason, all of the patch drawing methods will take an rx (relative x) and ry (relative y) as parameters--you can experiment with seeing your pattern drawn multiple times in different spots by simply calling the method repeatedly.
- In short, inside your paint() method you'll want to use some kind of loop to cycle through all the patches, and then for each patch you can use the modulo operator to choose which pattern to draw, and then call the appropriate method with the correct (rx,ry) parameters to actually draw the pattern.
Log Cabin Patch
- To aid in this repetition, you will want to make a second helper method that draws a single frame of a specific width and length. Then you can simply call that method repeatedly (with successively smaller lengths) in order to draw the grid.
- Note that the width (the short distance) of each rectangle is the same no matter how far you nest, but the length decreases as you move in. In fact, the length is shortened by twice the width at each step (can you see why?)
- This patch is made up of a series of concentric circles centered on the block. You should use a loop to draw multiple circles.
- Note that since the Graphics method for drawing circles (drawOval()) measures an x and y position not from the center of the circle where you would expect, but from the upper left corner of the enclosing rectangle. So drawing an oval involves specifying a rectangle in which the circle will appear.
- You can make a circle "filled in" by using the fillOval() command. If you want to put an outline on it, try using fillOval(), then changing the color, then using drawOval() with the same parameters. (Can you see why this works?)
- Your circles should be at least two different colors.
- This patch combines elements from the log cabin (the outer frame) and from the Bullseye. The point of including this patch is to emphasize the benefits of writing re-useable code. Since you should have a helper method from drawing a single frame, and you already have a method for drawing a Bullseye, drawing this patch should be simply a matter of calling those two methods.
- In this patch, you should write a short text message (it does not need to profess your enjoyment of a particular programming language). You can put text on separate lines by using separate calls to the drawString() method.
- You can make the text larger by changing the font. See the Font class for more details. It is not required that you change the font.
- The last patch is one of your own choosing---a chance for you to flex your creative muscles! You have to include some kind of design, but what that design is remains totally up to you (please keep it appropriate though). You might draw a picture using circles, rectangles, and lines, create another geometic pattern, play with colors, or do whatever you like.
- Be sure to give this method a signature of public void draw<YourName>(Graphics g, int rx, int ry) . I intend to take the patches everyone designs and copy them all into a single program so that we can generate an entire class quilt!
Documentation & Style
- While writing your program, be sure to include plenty of comments to explain what you are doing! Use inline comments to explain the "why" of your code, not the "what." Also include a full Javadoc comment (complete with @param and @return tags) for each method in your program.
- Also be careful about using proper coding style in writing your program. Use descriptive variable names with appropriate letter casing (i.e., all variables start with lower-case letters). Make sure braces are on their own lines, and use Auto Layout to clean up your layout. Neatness and readability count! Also try to avoid repeating code--instead write "helper" methods or use loops to avoid a lot of copy and pasting.
You may be thinking there is a lot to do for this assignment---and you'd be right. This is not an assignment you can just do over the weekend-- get started early! Try writing a pattern each day, and then by the due date you'll be all finished!
As a basic plan of attack: try getting the pattern to just show up in the first box (with rx and ry of 0). Then see if you can adjust the parameters and have the pattern show up in ANY box. Once this works, your pattern is finished and you can move on to the next. Once you have all the patterns created, fill in the paint() method so that it draws all of the patterns on the quilt. You can then fix any remaining bugs (and maybe finalize your color scheme) before turning in the assignment.
Be sure to complete the provided README.txt file with details about your program.
Upload the entire BlueJ project to the Hwk5 folder on the submission folder on hedwig. Make sure you upload your work to the correct folder! . This assignment is due at the start of class on Wed March 06.
This assignment will be graded on approximately the following criteria:
- Your quilt includes the log cabin patch [11%]
- Your quilt includes the bullseye patch [11%]
- Your quilt includes the hybrid patch [11%]
- Your quilt includes the text patch [11%]
- Your quilt includes your personal patch [11%]
- Your quilt shows all the patches in a repeating cyclical pattern [20%]
- Your code is well documented, with complete Javadoc comments for each method [10%]
- Your code adheres to proper style guidelines, including well organized helper methods [10%]
- You have completed the included README.txt file [5%]
An applet that draws a picture of a sampler quilt. Note that the applet should be displayed in a 500x700 window.
Drawhybridpattern, drawlogcabinlayer, drawlogcabinpattern, drawtextpattern, drawyournamepattern.
Joel Ross • [email protected]
Assignment adapted from Julie Zelenski and Eric Roberts
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Mis 2502.003 ■ spring 2024 ■ jeremy shafer, mis2502-003 – agenda for class on 2/26.
February 26, 2024
In class today I will briefly review some changes to the class schedule.
I will also announce the next assignment…. assignment 4.
We will begin work on a corresponding ICA.