Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans present classroom activities built around specific quilts, groups of quilts, or collections using the Quilt Index database. Lesson Plans consist of a description of the activity, materials required, audience or grade-level, education standards or benchmarks (when identified), additional resources, and quilt image records from the Quilt Index. These were initiated as part of an IMLS funded national leadership project.

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Appalachian Quilts and Culture
Skeen, Anita; Worland, Chris

Appalachian quilts and culture is explored in this four step lesson plan.
Level: Post-Secondary (College or University)
Content Area: Art, History

Be a Quilt Detective (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

This lesson plan teaches students that history can be recorded in a handmade object.
Level: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art, History

Crazy Quilt Collage Design (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

Late-Victorian aesthetic is explored in this 1-2 class period lesson plan.
Level: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8)
Content Area: Art

Design a Local Quilting Pattern (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

Students will create a quilting design based on local history and landmarks, thus understanding how quilters incorporated their environment into their quilt designs as they understand the process and skill of quilting.
Level: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8)
Content Area: Art

Dye Sample Journal
Hansen, Jada

Chemistry, art, and art history topics are explored in this two class period lesson plan project.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art, Science

Hexagon Quilt Top Design (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

Hexagons are explored in this 1 class period lesson plan.
Level: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8)
Content Area: Art, Mathematics

In Honor of Quilting
Davis, Jaffe

African American quiltmakers are explored and students make a collaborative quilt during National Black History Month.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art

Interviewing a Quilter (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)
Illinois State Museum

This project will help the students understand the process of quilting and the interview process of choosing questions and summarizing answers in written form.
Level: Middle (Grades 6-8), Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art, History

Prairie Quilt Activity (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

Prairies are explored in this 2 or more class period lesson plan.
Level: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8)
Content Area: Art

Quilt Around the World
Campiteli, Polie

Non-U.S. countries are explored in this 3 day lesson plan.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art

Quilt Dilations
Bates, Kristine

Mathematics is explored in this 1-2 class period lesson plan.
Level: Middle (Grades 6-8)
Content Area: Mathematics

Quilt Squares
Davis, Denise

Civics and economics are explored in this 1-2 class period lesson plan.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Citizenship & Values, History

Quilts as Inspiration for Apparel Design
Helvenston Gray, Sally

This lesson plan explores quilts that can be influential in Apparel Design.
Level: Post-Secondary (College or University)
Content Area: Art

Social Justice Quilt
Gargano, Joel

Social Justice is explored in this lesson plan.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art

Texture Quilt
Bates, Amanda Sue

Paper collage is explored in this 2-3 class period lesson plan.
Level: Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art

Whole Cloth Quilt Design (Keeping Us in Stitches Activity)

This lesson plan helps students in understanding how decorative motifs used on one type of object can be adapted for use on another object.
Level: Middle (Grades 6-8), Secondary (High School, Grades 9-12)
Content Area: Art