Gees Bend Quilts

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At the end of the year, I often have loads of scrap paper. All shapes and sizes. This project was a perfect way to use up the scrap and introduce my second graders to the Gees Bend Quilters.

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We looked at several examples around the web of the Gees Bend quilts. Souls Grown Deep has some good information and images as does the the Smithsonian Museum36631973.jpg

There are a lot of books about quilts and great picture books. You can turn them into arty “mathterpieces” adding all those cool fractions like whole, half, and quarters, eights, etc. 36631977.jpg

Here we just talked about pattern, symmetry and color.

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We of  course talked about how these quilters used whatever fabrics were  available to them just as we were using the paper available.

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So fun to see what creativity can be had when resources are limited. I let the kids just take this where ever they wanted to. 36495861.jpg

 

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