Quilt 12 Meets Super Second Graders in Michigan

24 10 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAQuilt Travels to St. Peter Lutheran School Macomb, Michigan

Quilt arrived at our 2nd grade classroom when Lynne Witte returned from the Midwest Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in Curtis, Michigan. The quilt was a surprise to the students and a terrific tool to launch the Iditarod theme in our classroom.

Using the quilt blocks “Give Your Best” and “You Can Reach a Goal When You Try” I expanded our classroom theme to Learn, Love, and Lead. Throughout the year, my second graders will have opportunities to show how they learn, love, and lead to accomplish everyday situations.

The Iditarod is a perfect tool for showing young children that a puppy needs to learn using love and compassion. Lead dogs are concrete examples for young children to understand the dog needs to listen and know to lead a team through dangerous situations.

The Detroit Tiger’s our local major league baseball team accomplished a championship during the time the quilt was in our classroom. The Tiger’s win was an example of “Giving Your Best” and “Reaching a Goal”.

Our class is making a classroom quilt showing how to Learn, Love, and Lead to Reach our Goal. Each student has drawn and colored a paper copy while Quilt was in our classroom. Our next step is to transfer the pictures to fabric. The class will each have a role to assemble, sew themselves with a machine, and tie backing for classroom display.

We have recorded the states where Quilt will travel monthly. We will learn some facts about each state where Quilt travel.

May your journey be an adventure.

Ms. Lynne Witte and Super Second Graders


3 New Quilts Join the Iditarod Traveling Quilt Project!

26 08 2012

The sewing has been completed!  Terrie Hanke and her cat, Blue Jeans have successfully finished creating 3 quilts that will be added to the Iditarod Traveling Quilt Project.

A big thanks to Terrie  (and BJ) for each stitch.  From these stitches and the squares that are now three Iditarod Traveling Quilts, students will strengthen their skills in math, science, social studies, language arts, and other content areas!   Participating schools will be working in partnership with each other, to share the learning by contributing to this website.

The schedule for 12 quilts is being finalized for the 2012 – 2013 Iditarod Traveling Quilt project.  This project first began in 2006 and continues to be a project that engages classrooms around the world!

It won’t be long now!  Soon packages will be arriving in schools and teachers will be ‘covering’ an exciting school project!  The quilts will visit nearly 100 schools this year!  Stay tuned!  We’ll be bringing updates all year long!

Iditarod Quilt 12… Ready to Travel!

26 08 2012

Quilt 12 was born in Wisconsin over the summer months. The squares on this quilt were submitted by classrooms and teachers who have been following the Iditarod Traveling Quilt project or have participated in the project in a previous year.

Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and Educational Committee Member had a little help with this quilt as you can see!  For some reason, Blue Jeans (affectionately known as BJ) took a special shine to this quilt from the moment the cloth was chosen for the backing of this quilt.  I wonder why!

This quilt has been given the nickname, ‘orange paws’.  Can you guess why?  Do you notice anything interesting about the paws?

During the 2012 – 2013 school year, Quilt 12 will first head to Michigan and throughout the year, visit Florida, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Illinois, California, Washington, and Ohio, before returning to South Dakota in June.