Once all the fabric squares were coloured, some students ironed and prepared the material for sewing. A parent volunteer helped the Socials teacher sew all the material together. Finally, a local quilting company, Loopy D, was utilized to to sew the quilt patterns on top of the quilt.
During a division wide assembly, one of the quilts was gifted to a local Indigenous Education Consultant (from the Cree and Carrier First Nations) who worked with our students last year, teaching traditional Indigenous games on National Indigenous Peoples Day. He was very touched by the gift and gave us a mini lesson on the history of gifting blankets within his culture.
For First Nations people, a blanket holds deep meaning and traditions linked to culture, birth, life and death. Blankets are given at weddings and upon the birth of a child. They are also given to recognize elders and those involved in a worthy endeavour. Some blankets used at pow-wows are changed into shawls by adding satin appliqués and ribbons. First Nations peoples’ use of blankets is multidimensional, shaped by their experiences, and can be passed to future generations. (Source)
I love how they all turned out! Making these ten quilts connected everyone and helped us learn about caring for one another by accepting other cultures in Canada.