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Keepers at Home

“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies... She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.” - Proverbs 31:10, 22 (NLT) 

I taught the quilting module for my church's "Keepers at Home" program in 2012. "Keepers at Home" is a Christian development program for girls 7-16. “Keepers at Home” instructors aim to teach young women “to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, [and] to do good.” Titus 2:5 (NLT).

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The Modern Quilting class is a part of the Creative Skills portion of “Keepers at Home.” In some ways the Christian life is like a quilt. God takes scraps and pieces of thoughts, times, and experiences in order to sew them into something beautiful. In the course, students gain:

(1)    an appreciation for women as artists, textile makers and income 
         providers, 
(2)    an understanding of the time, patience, creativity and resourcefulness
         that goes into the creation and completion of everyday objects,
(3)    an understanding of quilts’ artistic value (beyond affording comfort), 
(4)    an understanding of how limited means can facilitate invention and 
         originality.
(5)    an awareness of the online and modern quilting world.

Below is the class syllabus:

Schedule


Quilt Pattern

Mini Nine-Patch Quilt
Finished Size: 35 inches x 35 inches

Diagram by Shelby. Printed fabric is "Bicycles in Pink" by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Materials
  • 2 yards Fabric A (solid color/small print)
  • 1 yard Fabric B (larger print)
  • 1/2 yard Fabric C (solid color/small print)
  • 1 spool of thread in matching color
  • 36 x 36 piece of Batting (crib size bag or cut by the yard)
  • Size 10 Needle
  • 1 bundle of perle cotton, size 5, in matching color

Cutting
  • 4 - 10 1/2 inch squares of Fabric A
  • 5 - 10 1/2 inch squares of Fabric B
  • 2- 3 inch x 32 inch strips of Fabric C
  • 2- 3 inch x 36 inch strips of Fabric C
  • 1- 38 inch x 38 inch of Fabric A
  • 3 inch wide binding strips of Fabric A

Directions
  1. Make all the cuts described above using rotary tools or a template.
  2. Sew the 10 1/2 inch fabric squares together according to the displayed arrangement above.
  3. Sew the 3 inch x 32 inch strips, on opposite sides, to the nine-patch block as sashing. Trim to make an even rectangle.  Then sew the 3 inch x 36 inch strips onto the quilt top to complete the square.
  4. Sandwich the quilt top, batting, and quilt back together. Baste with safety pins.
  5. Hand-tie the quilt with the perle cotton. Finish with double fold binding.