Monday, May 23, 2011

Bear Paw and indigo

This weekend I worked on a project for a local 4th grade class. They are having a colonial America day next Friday and I am going to demonstrate hand piecing, applique and quilting. To help get them involved I am bringing this quilt that they can sign. Then they will tie the quilt and I will leave it with them for their classroom.
Their school colors are blue and white so I used a lot of indigo fabrics in this. That also leads to a great piece of S.C. history since indigo was a profitable export from this state during colonial times. The school mascot is a bear so I used a bear paw block in the center. Since bear paw is one of my favorite blocks and indigo my favorite color and I got to practice some of Cindy Williams techniques and it is for kids this is an all around feel good project!

Mac helping me design a pieced border

I needed to get this finished since I will be in Charleston a few days this week visiting with my Dh's family. I hope to slip away for a few hours and see the "Textiles of the Civil War" exhibit at the Museum of History there.
Fortunately we are driving so I can carry my latest fabric history book. It took Amazon a long time to get this but it was worth the wait!


Janet O. said...

What a clever and appropriate quilt for the classroom. Good of you to do that.
I have some American textile history books, but I've never seen this British one. Looks like a goodie!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Bear Paw is one of my favorite patterns and indigo is one of my favorite colors!! What a great pairing.

And of course a little Scottie design help never hurt anything!!

jovaliquilts said...

I love how you designed that school quilt to work on so many levels! The kids will have a blast! Hope you get to see the exhibit in Charleston.

Quilts And Pieces said...

So what is the name of Cindy's book? I didn't see it on her web site.

cityquilter said...

looks like a terrific book; have done some research on us/new england fabrics at the ne quilt museum..

McIrish Annie said...

what a great project for the kids. Sorry to hear about your AQS certification. Sounds like it's harder than trying to pass the Bar!!

IQF in Ireland sounds spectacular. would love to make that trip

Merilyn said...

The Textile of the Civil War exhibit would be just fantastic to see, hope you make it!!!
The quilt you made is lovely!!!

Lynley said...

Doesn't that exhibition sound fascinating? I might be slightly too far away to make it - but happy that someone is!!

Kathie said...

oh that quilt for the classroom will be perfect!
this is so nice of you to volunteer your time to do this
Oh I love the quilt Mac is testing out!!!!
very , very nice
hope to see a full shot of it one day, I love looking at others fabric selections I always learn a lot
so do I need that book too?????

dianne said...

see what i mean about the kindness and knowledge and other great stuff - who else would have put so much into helping out this fourth grade class?!?

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

love that 4th grade quilt! I remember my daughter doing that project! hehe! cute doggie!

sewkalico said...

That's a great quilt, I'm sure they will love it. Enjoy your trip!

Purple Pam said...

It sounds like fun working with children on a class quilt. Good for you. Enjoy.