My fourth grade granddaughter’s class has been learning about Northwest Native American culture. With the help of the moms, they have made a button quilt. They spent the last month drawing the designs and then sewing the red animals to the navy blue felt. They were told they could have any animal found in the northwest but cats and dogs. The two moms did the sun and the moon. They came over this week to arrange the blocks and left me with instructions of how they wanted it put together.
I can tell you that 20 felt squares sewn together are very heavy. I added the border and backing and the moms, and maybe some of the kids, will embellish the quilt with more buttons. I will try and remember to show the finished quilt when it is done, but for now I am so pleased with the animals they have drawn and sewn.
They plan to put it in the school fund raising auction next month.
This is not the first time I have had kids work on quilts for fund raisers. I have used kids art from a first and third grades. A middle school group made quilts several years in a row, doing all of the art, design and sewing. This is my first button quilt. I had never heard of them before but have now learned a bit about the Northwest Native American culture myself.