The 5th Grade Quilt Project is a great way for me to serve my Community.
My Community Service puts my Quilting talents to the test…every year for the past 15.
This April we will be starting the process again. 2014 will be my 16th year!
April 1st we start working on a Theme. Once it is chosen I get to work designing 2 Quilts, 1 for Schwenksville Elementary, and 1 for Evergreen Elementary. We try to coordinate the theme to work for both schools. Each student makes a Quilt Block. When the Blocks are complete I put them together. After I put the top, batting, and back together the students hand-knot it at The Colonial Fair.
Below you will see some of their work, and they do a great job!
I first helped with the 5th Grade Quilt when my son was in 5th grade. A Colonial Theme, done in shades of Red, White, & Blue. Each class is represented with a different fabric. Each student had 2 triangles, Muslin to stamp a Colonial icon, and their class fabric. They sewed them together to form a square, their Quilt Block. I arranged them to create a horizontal pattern. These Quilts are then hand-knotted by the students at their Colonial Fair held in May. I then bind the Quilt and it gets returned to the school, usually the next day. The Quilt remains in the school of origin until the class is ready to graduate…and off to grace the halls of the High School…It then gets returned to the Elementary School to hang forever in the hall…
The Reflection of 2000, Hung upside down for their Graduation year 2007
American Flag Quilt done in “tea stained” fabric to look old. These have been carried during School Parades, leading the way!
This Quilt is Hopi inspired. When Missionaries visited the Hopi Tribe they brought with them White Cross Squares, post card pieces of fabric collected from their Congregation. Teaching the women of the Tribe how to make Quilts.
I collected fabric from my clients, so we could have a different fabric for each student. I then cut the fabric into 3 pieces, a square for them, a smaller piece to give to a buddy, and a strip to be used in the border with their name on it. Resulting in no 2 blocks alike. It took a Village for this one…
Each student is represented by a hand and a Heart, 4 come together to create a larger block. All sewn together to create a Community of Helping Hands. Thank you Miss Em for lending me a Hand!
Building a Foundation for a Better Community
2 Quilts brought together in 1 image with the help of Modern Technology
Each Brick represents a student….
The Miller Building
In 2008, one of the ideas for Schwenksville Elementary was a one-room schoolhouse. I went to the books, Montgomery County, The Second Hundred Years. I found information about a one-room schoolhouse in Schwenksville on Main Street. I could not picture it. I made a few calls and not one person could come up with where the building was. Schwenksville Borough Hall would be the building.
In the meantime, we decided to use the Miller building. Old school building, used to be on the property, and then there is the connection with the bell that had hung in the bell tower. I started working on the design. Look what we ended up with!
The Theme was Math. Evergreen did Pi and Schwenksville did the Multiplication Table
Christmas of 2011 Evergreen Elementary participated in a competition hosted by B101. They performed Blitzen’s Boogie…We made a Quilt out of the sheet music…
Audio provided by ATI Entertainment…Click Here to Listen…
To read more about it in The Perkiomen Valley Patch, click here…
More of The 5th Grade Quilts can be viewed on The Quilt Cabinet’s The School Quilt page….scroll to the bottom to view the film strip…