At school, I just finished one of my favorite projects with my class, and you won't have any trouble guessing why. Every February, we study the Underground Railroad, and I have my students write a journal. The journal is written in first person, pretending they are escaping to the North, traveling on the Underground Railroad. We study Harriet Tubman, and they include biographical information about her in their journal as well as other historical information. It is a LOT of fun for them and for me.
Did you know that quilt patterns were a common method of communicating secret messages on the Underground Railroad? There are several children's books that explain how quilts were an important part of helping people reach freedom. Some of the patterns that were used have a different name in the books we studied- for instance, what we commonly call a Churn Dash is also called a Monkey Wrench, and an Hourglass was called a Bowtie in my books, but most are the same. Check out our class quilt (made with paper and markers, of course!)
It's just so fun when I can bring my love of quilting into my classroom to create such a valuable learning experience for my students! Thanks for humoring me with the quilting "history lesson."
My quilting hasn't just been going on at school though. My scrap baskets runneth over with blues and greens and I decided to remedy that with a scrappy log cabin. Please pardon the slightly blurry pic. It is SUPER windy here today, so just snapping a quick photo with the quilt laying flat was quite a feat!
Most of these fabrics are left over from just two quilts- Fishing at the Creek and Around the Block. Despite my love of pieced backings and having used lots of scraps in those two backs, I obviously still had a lot left over (I think I just got lazy when I made those backs, or else I bought WAY too much fabric for those, ha!). Since blues and greens are some of my favorite colors to use, I really love the way this is turning out, and the no-fuss way of sewing was just what my hectic schedule needed.
Without further ado, I have some unfortunate news regarding NTT, and for that matter, every linky party that uses Linky Tools. You may have noticed that the thumbnail photos from all of the previous parties are missing, even though the links still work. This is due to a server glitch on the part of Linky Tools, and whether or not the images will be recovered remains to be seen. I really hope they can be restored, but the good news is that I have been assured that future parties are safe from this ever happening again. So, no highlights this week.
Alright, let's get on with the party then! Link up, y'all! Just remember the rules-
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