Day #3: March 12, 2013

Day Three of the Teen Docent Program was Quilt Day! Because there are no quilts currently on view, the students observed large color images of four different quilts from the museum’s collection.

LOG CABIN QUILT (COURTHOUSE STEPS VARIATION) / Samuel Steinbeger (1865-c.1934) / New York City / 1890-1910 / silk / 58 x 69 1/2 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson in honor of Robert Bishop, American Folk Art Museum director (1977-1991), 1990.17.8

LOG CABIN QUILT, COURTHOUSE STEPS VARIATION, Samuel Steinberger (1865–c. 1934), New York City, 1890–1910, silk, 69 1/2 x 58 in. (framed), American Folk Art Museum, gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson in honor of Robert Bishop, American Folk Art Museum director (1977–1991), 1990.17.8. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

Through a lengthy discussion about this Log Cabin Quilt, students learned about quilting traditions, construction, and design. The longer they observed this quilt, the more patterns they found it contained: pre-Colombian pyramids, lanterns, bow ties, hallways, barbells, and more. The conversation also revealed that, by studying quilts, one can learn about social and political history, gender roles, and the lifestyle of the artist, among many other things.

After examining the collection images and discussing quiltmaking traditions, the students created their own quilt blocks. Using collage elements for a border and colored pencils for the image in the center, they illustrated a tradition that was meaningful to them.

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Dianitza recounted how fireworks played a part in two important periods in her life. Selena drew her family’s barbecues. Karina depicted her school’s annual event in which seniors parade to the post office to mail their college applications. Here are the finished quilt blocks all together!rotated

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