Quilting Project

What is it All About?

Have you ever wondered the history of a quilt in a museum or one hanging on a wall in your house?  This project is designed to help you learn about quilts and gain a deeper appreciation of the art of quilt making. The 4-H quilting project lets you explore your creativity and strengthen your self-confidence while keeping alive a historical pastime, tradition, and craft.

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Learn about the history of quilts in your family
  • Research methods of displaying quilts
  • Know the basic items you need to start quilting
  • Learn about geometric elements
  • Learn about batting and how it is used
  • Shop for quilting supplies

Learning More

  • Learn how to tie and bind a quilt
  • Learn how to use a rotary cutter
  • Learn different quilting patterns
  • Learn about advanced quilting tools and special quilting gadgets

Going Further

  • Learn about color theory and color science
  • Challenge yourself with difficult quilting patterns
  • Use hand and machine quilting methods
  • Learn the different sizes of quilts
  • Identify quilting related careers


Resources

Take Your Project Further!

  • Attend a quilting workshop or clinic in your area
  • Go to a quilt show
  • Host a fabric exchange
  • Learn about how to become a certified quilt appraiser
  • Interview quilters and find what quilting method they enjoy best
  • Visit a fabric store
  • Use recycled materials from your home or a thrift store to create a quilt
  • Explore computer aided designs for blocks and layout ideas
  • Design an experiment to test the durability, stain-resistance, or color fastness of fabric
  • Explore how math and quilting go hand in hand
  • Study the use of quilts in staying warm before central heating
  • Investigate how to properly clean, launder, and care for quilts

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate quilt piecing at a club meeting
  • Talk with family and friends about quilts in their home, find out the history

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Make a mini-quilt for your neonatal unit at your hospital
  • Make a comfort pillow for a local hospice group

Learn about Leadership

  • Organize a community quilting event
  • Teach someone how to select fabrics for a quilt
  • Invite an experienced quilter to talk at your club meeting

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • Make a quilt
  • Design a dream sewing machine and compare it with machines already on the market
  • Make a display comparing hand and machine quilting methods
  • Do a display on the history of your favorite family quilt
  • Design your own quilt squares, exhibit your sketches or actual quit squares
  • Make a notebook of your favorite quilt patterns
  • Make a display that defines complementary colors
  • Make a display about how quilting is linked to agriculture
  • Create a quilting basics kit for display
  • Make a comparison chart of sewing tools versus quilting tools
  • Do a display on the history of quilting


Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Quilting. Retrieved from: https://www.uwyo.edu/4-h/projects/expressive-arts/quilting.html.

*Resources available at your local Extension office or shop4-H.org.

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