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First Prize Quilt

September 9, 2009 · 4 Comments


Students in Ms. Ferguson’s Third Grade Class worked on a square depicting an event from The American Colonial Period (1620-1783).  Each drawing has a sentence or two describing the event.  The squares were then put together in a quilt.  Natalie Knight’s grandmother, Mercedes Saber (Abby), volunteered to sew our quilt together.  This was the first time that a class quilt had to travel to another state to be sewn together.  Natalie’s grandmother lives in Florida!  Natalie and her family traveled to Florida during February Vacation packing our 25 quilt squares in their luggage.  The squares were left in Florida and Abby worked tirelessly to expertly sew our quilt together.  Abby’s sewing machine was too small, so she carried the quilt to Natalie’s Grand Aunt’s house to use her big sewing machine to finish the quilt.  The backing on the quilt was donated by Grand Aunt’s daughter, Belkis.  Abby then patiently sewed the stars on by hand.  When the quilt was completed, Abby packed it in her luggage and flew to Bedford for a visit with Natalie’s family.  The quilt was then delivered to us at Lane School and we displayed it during our Colonial Concert and Display Day on June 5, 2009.  Ms. Ferguson then entered the quilt in the Marshfield Fair and we won First Place.  The quilt is now on display outside Room 3 at Lane School with the winning blue ribbon.  Thank you Abby and Natalie’s family!


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4 responses so far ↓

  •   Mrs. Trant // Sep 11th 2009 at 1:20 pm

    What a wonderful job! Ms. Ferguson I’m sure you’re very proud of your class-now 4th graders.

  •   Liz Dufault // Sep 14th 2009 at 1:48 pm

    great story! Congrats on first prize.

  •   Knight Family // Oct 15th 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Each child in Mrs. Ferguson’s class did a beautiful job in decorating his/her panel for the quilt. The panels presented great imagery of the colonial period, and it was just a pleasure for Natalie’s grandma to help piece the masterful works together. Congrats to the kids and Mrs. Ferguson!

  •   Scotty // Nov 19th 2009 at 10:58 am

    I just wanted to thank you very much for this illuminating article. I have already bookmarked your site, when I have more free time I am going to have to do some further reading. Well back to my dreaming of Panama or back to the books – I wonder which one is going to win out. :)

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