Gee’s Bend Quilts, 1st Grade

Our First Graders have been exploring the traditional Quilts of the Gee’s Bend An art form that began 6 centuries ago by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. We began this lesson by looking at the materials used to create these quilts. We learned that they were often made of old used pieced of fabric. We also learned that the goal was to break the pattern used by traditional quilt makers.

“Old clothes have spirit in them. They also have love.”

For this lesson, our students concentrated on color, shapes, overlapping, and collage. Students were in charge of creating two quilts. Each quilt was created using 3 colors and multiple organic and geometric shapes. Once complete, students could choose their favorite quilt, giving the second one to a classmate. Students pieced together their quilt, cutting and pasting their collage with a friends. I love my first graders interpretation of the traditional quilts of Gee’s Bend.

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