Welcome to the Iditarod Traveling Quilt Project

10 07 2014

This year, more than 20  Iditarod Quilts will be on the ‘trail’ to schools around the United States. 

Quilts will be sent out to participating schools starting in October.

Participating classrooms will host a quilt for about 3 weeks before sending the quilt to the next school.

Participating teachers – classrooms must agree to:

  • Follow the schedule and send to the next school by priority mail.
  • Send djohnson@Iditarod.com a brief article to be posted on this site so quilt stories can be shared around the world.

Review the journey of each quilt to find out where some of the quilts have traveled by using the menu on the side of this page or by scrolling through this page.

We’ll be adding additional stories from teachers over the next month, so check back often.

Scavenger Hunts, Paper Quilts and Learning!

11 02 2014

Students at Northwood Elementary School in Northwood, Ohio had fun while learning using Quilt #2 to explore different aspects of the Iditarod.

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates
3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Turner’s class completed a scavenger hunt, wrote about their favorite square and made a paper quilt.  Next up is a contest to design a square for a new quilt.  Quilt 2 has traveled over 1700 miles so far this year.

After leaving Mrs. Turner’s classroom the quilt traveled to Holland, Pennsylvania to visit Mrs. Moore’s classroom at Hillcrest Elementary School.  There Quilt 2 was on display in the school library for the entire school to see.  Mrs. Moore’s students also enjoyed completing a scavenger hunt before sending the quilt to it’s next destination.

Quilt #2 is currently at Pine Meadow Elementary School in Sartell, Minnesota where the current temperature is 22°F. The temperature in Sartell is 7 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska!  Stay warm Quilt #2 as you continue your travels in the lower 48!

Quilt #2 Visits O-H…I-O!

27 11 2013

Quilt #2Quilt #2 started off the school year with students at Willard High School in Willard, Ohio. The students wrote descriptive paragraphs based on the quilt squares.  Each student was required to use at least four adjectives to describe their square. Then they tried to guess which square was being described.  One of their favorite squares was the Raz-Ma-Taz square with the beautiful, furry husky.

After spending a week with the students at WHS, the quilt took a short trip to visit Mansfield, Ohio and Mrs. Overholt at Malabar Intermediate School. She spent some time this summer at the Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp.  She was excited about sharing the quilt with her classroom and discussing all the amazing things she was able to experience this summer in Alaska.  The quilt’s next stop will be Crestview Elementary in Crestline, OH.

Quilt #2Quilt #2 will visit four different schools in Ohio before traveling to Holland, Pennsylvania.  Then, it is off to Minnesota and Massachusetts!  We look forward to seeing all the places the quilt will visit and reading all about its adventures! Safe travels Quilt #2!

Quilt 1 Heads to OKlahoma to Start the 2013 – 2014 School Year

31 07 2013

quilt1Today, Quilt 1 left in a flat rate box, headed to Oklahoma and to meet up with Susan Smith, a finalist for the 2014 ExxonMobil Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Susan will be the host for Quilt 1, ensuring that Quilt 1 has an incredible journey this school year.  Quilt will spend August and most of September with Susan, before heading out to meet other teachers and students during the upcoming school year.

During the 2013 – 2014 school year, Quilt 1 will spend the first month of school in Oklahoma and then head off to Nebraska.  From there, quilt will travel to:  Michigan, Ohio, back to Oklahoma, New Jersey, back to Susan in Oklahoma for a review, and then back to home base in South Dakota.  Quilt 1 will have a great adventure this year, reaching hundreds of students during the multi-state journey.

Check back each month and follow Quilt 1 and the other quilts!


Quilt 7 is in Aberdeen, South Dakota Preparing for the 2013 – 2014 School Year…

11 05 2013

DSCF8294Quilt 7 has successfully journeyed from school to school and has been returned to South Dakota, where Quilt will rest up and get ready to meet new students during the 2013 – 2014 school year.

In summary, to start the school year, Quilt 7 traveled to Canada to meet students at Garderie Bonne Adventure Preschool.  Following a trip to Canada, Quilt traveled to Michigan visiting 3 schools in October, November, and December.  In January, Quilt traveled to North Dakota and back to Wisconsin for two more school visits before returning to South Dakota for the summer.

During the year, students enjoyed meeting Quilt and participated in a variety of activities that their teachers chose to help students build skills listed in their curriculum.  Most of the classrooms submitted a page or two to the scrapbook that travels with Quilt.

Quilt 7 wants to thank all of the teaches and classrooms that were such wonderful hosts!

During the summer months, a new schedule will be created and in August, Quilt 7 will be packed carefully in a postal box and shipped off to follow a new journey.  If you are interested in hosting an Iditarod Traveling Quilt for the 2013 – 2014 school year, send an email and get on the list!

Quilt 7

Quilt 7

Quilt 7 Ends the School Year in Pine River, Wisconsin

10 05 2013

Please check back soon for an update.  Thanks!

Spring Break for Quilt #4

25 04 2013


Quilt #4 arrived at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, PA, during our Spring Break. After the break, the students of Mrs. Molishus’ fifth grade class opened the box, but they noticed that Quilt looked quite tired. It has been a long year!

The class decided to give Quilt a much-deserved break! Quilt lounged around our classroom on any spot he could find: the table, desks, kids’ shoulders, the computer table.

While Quilt was on break, the class prepared for their state tests and then took six days to complete their testing. They were inspired by Quilt’s relaxed disposition. He helped them stay calm and focus during these challenging days! In the meantime, the students learned a bit about the Iditarod, since many had never heard about the Iditarod before. When Mrs. Molishus taught in second grade she spent a lot of time integrating the Iditarod theme into her teaching. She is still new to fifth grade, and she is getting used to how things work in her new grade. Quilt helped her spread the word about the wonderful Iditarod.

image 2Fortunately, some of Mrs. Molishus’ fifth graders were also in her second grade class. They were very helpful in sharing information about the Iditarod. In fact, they also had experienced a quilt, Quilt 3, when they were in second grade. Some of them even helped design a square that was used on a new quilt! It was great reminiscing about second grade and Iditarods of the past.

We hope you enjoy Quilt 4. He is well rested and ready for future adventures! Enjoy!