| ||Study ancient Egyptian numbers and cut numbers out of fabric to make a quilt pattern. |
Edith Sweeney, Glazer Elementary, Detroit
- 12" x 12" fabric, one for each numeral (we used fabric with African-inspired patterns)
- 2 pieces of muslin, each 45" wide and 2 yards long
- felt 2 yards by 2 yards
- Wonder Under or similar heat-activated material
- straight pins
- batten or filling material, 4 yards of 45" wide
- backing fabric 4 yards of 45" wide
- tag board (for stencils of numbers)
- sewing machine
- large quilting hoops or frame, if desired
- sewing needles
This project took 2 weeks, or ten 60 minute sessions, not counting clean-up time.
Step 1 -- Ancient Egyptian number symbols were introduced [Click to see Number chart] The teacher made large size number symbols with definitions to display.
Step 2 -- Students picked a number to translate into Egyptian numbers
Step 3 -- Students wrote their numbers on sheets of paper
Step 4 -- Large stencils were made of each ancient Egyptian number symbol
Step 5 -- Using stencils, the students traced the symbols they selected on a sheet of white paper.
Step 6 -- Using a hot, dry iron, student pressed Wonder Under on reverse side of fabric squares. This is an adhesive which also stiffens the fabric and prevents edges from fraying when cut.
Step 7 -- All four muslin panels were hung on the wall, adjoining each other on the long sides. (The center two panels had been prepared by the teacher in advance, with a large map of Africa cut from felt and placed in the middle. Egypt was highlighted on the map by contrasting stitching.)
Step 8 -- Students pinned their paper with numbers on the 12" fabric squares.
Step 9 -- The teacher cut the symbols out of the fabric squares for students
Step 10 -- Students pinned symbols onto the muslin fabric
Step 11 -- When students pinned all symbols in place, they were machine-stitched by the teacher; four panels were also sown together by the teacher to form the quilt top.
Step 12 -- A batten filling is placed between the quilt top and a bottom piece of fabric and stitched together by the teacher
Step 13 -- Students are asked to hand stitch through the quilt layers around each symbol to give the symbols a raised look, and finish the quilt.