Art of Numbers
Join fiber artist, Cecile Batchelor, in making a quilt—not using fabric, but paper! In this two-hour session, kids will learn a little bit about tessellations, color theory, and how to construct a quilt. They will choose their colors and construct a 12-inch square block. These blocks will then be joined together to create a paper quilt that we will admire. Everyone will have their picture taken with the quilt, and then we will dismantle it so that everyone can take their block home.
We will be making Grandmother’s Flower Garden–one of the best loved vintage quilts. These hexagon quilts of bright pastel prints can be found in antique shops, flea markets and attics but very few new ones are made. There is a good reason for this. This is a very labor intensive quilt pattern, usually pieced and quilted by hand. This pieced hexagon quilt has roots in England as far back as the 18th century. Immigrants soon brought this pattern to America. Hexagon templates for these quilts have been found that were made around 1770. Quilt historians believe that the hexagon pattern might be one of the oldest pieced patterns. Come and relive a little bit of history and celebrate spring! Recommended for Ages 10-14.
Fiber artist Cecile Batchelor considers herself a mathematician by profession but an artist by passion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computational mathematics, but has taken art classes in every university she has attended. In 1988, she received a grant to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, she teaches hand embroidery as well as garment making and quilting techniques.
Cecile has been sewing since the age of five, and her mother considered the $15 spent to send Cecile for sewing lessons when she was 10 the best investment ever made! Cecile continues to create both art and functional quilts and design and make garments for herself and her six grand-kids.