History of Quilts

To learn about the history of the Iditarod Traveling Quilts, click on History of the Quilt at the menu at the right side of this website.  We have included specific ‘birth’ stories of a few of our quilts.

How did this project begin and grow?

In the summer of 2005, the first traveling quilt was born and created in Wisconsin. Teachers from the 2005 Iditarod Summer Conference created quilt squares which shared their educational journey and messages to students. The 2006 Teacher on the Trail, Terrie Hanke, sewed the quilt together. For the next school year, the quilt traveled to the schools that were represented by the ‘quilt makers’.

The following summer, a second quilt was made and began a journey.  Quilts three and four were designed by teachers attending Iditarod Summer Camp in June 2008 and 2009, and to date about 20 quilts have joined the project.

More than 1000 students a year ‘meet’ and Iditarod Traveling Quilt.

*On the right side of this page, under ‘History’, discover the history of a quilt by clicking on quilt numbers and reading the information.


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