Once upon a time I promised to make a blanket for a friend. I very quickly discovered it was more of an undertaking than I realized, and looked for ways to get out of the work.
I kept my promise, but only barely.
I was reminded of this story as I read The Promise Quilt for our homeschool history lesson recently.
The Promise Quilt, a Civil War tale
In The Promise Quilt* a father makes a promise he’ll return after the War. H can’t keep that promise, but his family remembered his promise and made a quilt to help keep his other promises.
That’s the best I can explain it without giving the story away. I’ll just say it’s super duper cute and I highly recommend it. It also does a great job of explaining the hardships of the Civil War for those left behind.
The Promise Quilt activity
Afterwards they each got a square of white paper and large amounts of construction paper to cut up and make into a quilt of their own.
My kids happily went about mutilating paper and making confetti and gluing pieces down.
Our friend, who’s more of a perfectionist by nature contentedly made a four patch quilt and declared himself done.
And then two out of my three kids absconded with their pictures, before I got my own picture, so just imagine the marvelously wonderful quilts they created out of scraps of paper……..
So, I leave you with Princess’ “quilt” It’s quite impressive array of colors and shapes.
Interested in more Civil War ideas?