summaryPatchwork picture quilts will keep children warm with memories of the books they have enjoyed over a period of time. They'll need fabric and fabric crayons to get started.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
- Reading, Seasonal Activities
MATERIALS: Two or more yards of plain fabric (cotton blend or muslin-an old bedsheet will do), scissors, fabric crayons (available at craft or sewing stores), batting, needle and thread or sewing machine.
Cut half the fabric into eight or ten-inch squares. Save the other half for backing the quilt. After finishing a book (The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst are nice ones to start this project),the child draws on a fabric square a picture inspired by the story setting or one of the story's characters. Let your child also print the title of the book and the author's name somewhere on the square. When there are enough squares for a good-size quilt, an adult volunteers to sew the squares together, add batting and a backing, and quilt the corners of each square. If a younger reader begins to lose patience, you might opt for a quilted pillow instead-only eight book squares may be needed.