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Create a patchwork quilt without sewing. Combine imagination with geometry and Crayola® Ultra Clean Markers to design a cool contemporary version of a warm, beloved tradition.
The craft of quilting goes back at least to ancient Egypt. It is still done today in countries around the world. Kuna Indians, for example, use quilting techniques to make Molas, in which they layer, cut, and stitch cloth to create intricate patterns. Organize students into small groups. Ask each group to research quilting in a selected culture. Provide a variety of text and electronic resources for students to use during this research assignment.
When research is complete, student groups organize their new learning into a presentation for classmates. Each group will also create a contemporary quilt as a visual for their presentation that reflects the culture investigated by the group.
To begin the contemporary quilts, students draw one irregular shape on white construction paper with a Crayola Ultra Clean Marker. Use straight or slightly curved lines for the edges (these shapes would be easier to sew, if making an actual quilt).
Color in the shape with markers. Encourage students to add patterns to the patch as desired.
Repeat this process, making one piece at a time. Use one side of the patch made before as the beginning edge for the next one. Keep adding patches until the entire paper is "quilted."
Add additional patterns to the outer edges of each patch for a polished look to finish the quilt.
Student groups display their quilts during presentations to classmates. Encourage groups to integrate the quilt visual into their presentations.
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