Although store-bought linens and bedding were more economical in terms of time, during the 1900’s, a family still would have kept and used important items, like a crazy quilt as seen in the Johnson Home. Often, quilts like this were made by ancestors (or,in some cases, added to with each successive generation) and were an important part of the family’s heritage. They can be made from clothing scraps or pieces of fabric the quilter finds beautiful. They can also incorporate a number of geometric or naturalistic designs. Quilts demonstrate a high degree of creativity, artistry and craftsmanship as well as a connection to the past. Using a glue, scissors, and felt, students will participate in quilt making, by designing and constructing their own felt quilting square for their Weeksville Heritage Center class/ group quilt.
Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.
20th Century, African American History, Arts
30 students, 1 chaperone per 3 students
3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary, Adult
$12.00 per Person for School Group