Paper Crazy Quilts

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Students will learn about the history of Victorian Crazy Quilts as they explore pattern, color, and shape in different ways.

By Laura Stuart-Smith [Laura is an art teacher at St. Joseph School in Sharon, PA]

What You Need:

  • scrap construction and decorative papers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • black markers
  • large sheet of paper to mount paper patches

What You Do:

  1. Show students a variety of samples of Victorian Crazy Quilts.
  2. Pre-cut random shapes of scrap paper to get the children started.
  3. If you have a scrap box of paper, give students access to it for this project.
  4. Students are instructed to draw patterns on some of the plain patches. They can also use some decorative papers that look like fabric.
  5. Next they are to set their patches on a background paper in random ways. Background paper should be sturdy.
  6. After selected where their patches are to go (while working in sections, sections can be 1/4 of the background sheet at a time), they can then glue their patches.
  7. Overlapping and trimming of edges can occur if needed.
  8. To finalize the project and really make it look like a crazy quilt, students are instructed to draw stitching with black markers.