Paper Crazy Quilts
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
- black markers
- large sheet of paper to mount paper patches
What You Do:
- Show students a variety of samples of Victorian Crazy Quilts.
- Pre-cut random shapes of scrap paper to get the children started.
- If you have a scrap box of paper, give students access to it for this project.
- Students are instructed to draw patterns on some of the plain patches. They can also use some decorative papers that look like fabric.
- Next they are to set their patches on a background paper in random ways. Background paper should be sturdy.
- 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.
- Overlapping and trimming of edges can occur if needed.
- To finalize the project and really make it look like a crazy quilt, students are instructed to draw stitching with black markers.