Sewing and Quilts
Sewing is a class speciality. We all learn to sew in room 1. We start with yarn a burlap. We learn to use a hoop and to thread a needle. We see to go up and down through the hoop and to tie our thread before we cut it from the needle.
After learning those basics we move to sewing on muslin following an outline of our own hand made in dots. We use a size 18 tapestry needle which will go through muslin but is blunt and does not prick our fingers. Crochet thread works well and comes in many colors.
Soon the students will be drawing their own pictures on paper and the teacher transfers them to cloth. The first few are probably done with a running stitch and dots but soon the students use the 'back stitch' which makes a solid line.
Two 'perfect' sewings may be stitched together to make a pillow. Seams are made, the pillow is turned inside out and stuffed.
The open edge is pinned and sewed.
Care is taken to 'hide' the knots at the beginning and end of the last seam.
We hide the knot at the end by pulling the thread inside the pillow after it is knotted.
Sometimes students make a special project for a new baby in their house.... a bib or a quilt. Here is one. Students are admiring it while the 'big brother' sews a pillow.
At the end of every year, each student makes a square for our 'class quilt'. We show it at the Yolo County Fair. Occasionally we make quilts for other purposes such as for our PTA auction or a special gift.
Here is a quilt we made last year for our "new mother" librarian..
Here are some past quilts.
Our 2008 kindergarten Montessori class quilt.
Our 2007 K/1 Montessori class quilt
Here is our 2006 year's quilt.