Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quilt Team Hard at Work

The Chaffee Trial Quilt team has been busy creating this year's entry into the Superintendent's Book of the Month Quilt Contest. The quilt is based on the story "the Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins."

Please go to the fair from November 4th - November 15th. Here is an essay written by one of our students:

The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins

By Bailey, Fifth Grade

Chaffee Trail Elementary School

Our quilt is based on the book, “The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins”. The story was about an old woman who is in a nursing home. One day her daughter and her great grandson come to visit her. She is sitting in front of the window watching the sunset. Troy, her grandson, hands her a bouquet of lilacs from her garden at home. Miss Olivia doesn’t move, or blink, or speak, but she does start to think. In her mind she remembers many things from her life. Even though it is hard for Troy to understand why Miss Olivia doesn’t talk or even seem to know who he is, he loves to visit her. Being with her during visits is comforting to them both.

The quilt shows Miss Olivia sitting and looking out the window watching the sunset. As she looks out the window she remembers things from the past. While she is remembering she is feeling love, even though she can’t speak.

Did you know that we sewed everything on all by ourselves? We used a running stitch by hand. We painted scenes from the book on the fabric. Also, we used a technique called “trapunto” to make the quilt look 3-D.

We hope that our quilt will do well. We worked hard on it and made it with love and care.