We looked at where Gee's Bend is on a map and talked about what quilts are, how they are made, and how they can have dual purposes (looking cool and keeping warm). I also shared that quilt making can be both an individual process and a collaborative one. We also discussed how the quilters would reuse and recycle materials in their quilts because they lacked the money to buy new materials.
Each or the students made their own small (12x12") paper collage quilt and then contributed that piece to a larger class quilt. I plan on displaying all 10 class quilts in the auditorium this month.
Each class used different color combinations. All the quilts were started by using a Gee's Bend "housetop" pattern. After adding 3 or 4 colors this way, then students could add more details to their quilts so each of their designs was a unique section.
Each quilt averages 7 x 3 feet.