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Quilt Block History of Pioneer Days Paperback – September 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562946927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562946920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6?A really-truly-kids-can-do-it history/art project book. Cobb's well-written text will hold youngsters' interest, and the information about pioneer life is neatly tied to particular quilts, illustrated with simple, colorful watercolor sketches. Best of all, the projects use a pattern, cut paper, and paste, and range from a bookmark to a greeting card to a recipe folder. All can be easily completed in one session. With no sewing, the crafts are accessible to readers of virtually any age. Each of the 10 chapters shows labeled quilt blocks hanging on a clothesline; in all, there are over 50 different patterns represented. An excellent, short bibliography and complete index make this a great addition to early American history studies. A double-page map of the United States features the major wagon trails and their names as well as the cities each trail connected. Seldom does one see a history-oriented craft book so simply, cleanly, and accurately executed. The format is attractive, with large type surrounded by lots of white space. Ellis's illustrations add style and suggest ways to continue the quilt pattern with complementary border treatments.?Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3^-6. Presenting the history of American pioneers through the quilts they made, this appealing book links common experiences of the period with various quilt patterns. For instance, the chapter "Going West" shows a map of pioneer trails and a picture of quilt blocks named "Rocky Road to Kansas," "Hill and Valley," "Rocky Glen," and "Trial of the Covered Wagons." It also provides a pattern based on a quilt block named "Broken Dishes," which children can reproduce in construction paper and use as a geometric puzzle. Paper craft projects in other chapters include bookmarks, hanging ornaments, a folded-paper box, a greeting card, a weather diary, a recipe folder, and a quilt-block collage. Watercolor paintings and quiltlike borders brighten the pages of this attractive book. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Overall excellent & a great book for hopefully starting younger kids on a a folk art form we don't want to lose.
rn
The projects outlined in the book for children to do corresponding with the story were easy to do and could really help today's child relate to life in pioneer times.
J. Lynch
Quilt Block History would make a wonderful book for a quilt group, quild or teacher to introduce children to pioneer day life as well as quilting.
S. Kirby

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
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I LOVED this book that explains how patchwork quilt designs developed from the need of the pilgrims to repair the covers they had....to the use of the patch designs to tell the story of the growth of America. The story is easy to understand, the sequence is well defined, the illustrations are beautiful, and the activities are easy and creative. I think this book would be a valuable teaching aid to accompany studies on U.S. history. If you are a quiltlover, you just have to have this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lynch on February 20, 2006
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I was asked to present a quilting demonstration for 144 4th graders during their "Pioneer Day" study. As references I secured several books, magazines, articles, etc. The Quilt Block History of Pioneer Days was by far the best. The projects outlined in the book for children to do corresponding with the story were easy to do and could really help today's child relate to life in pioneer times.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in quilting history, but especially for adults working with children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rn on December 18, 2006
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I bought this book for my 1st grader who is starting to quilt. It has a nice, very basic history of the westward movement & how quilts tied in with it & were used at the time. The craft projects in the book are very nice, & would make nice small gifts for children to give whether or not they have any acess to sewing equipment. They may also inspire interest in starting to quilt in some, and the squares shown are a nice selection of begining squares to choose from for a child to make their own first sampler.

Overall excellent & a great book for hopefully starting younger kids on a a folk art form we don't want to lose. My daughter is very excited that something she does was done by the pioneers & that she can do it herself, just like them.

(A nice aside is that the book also points out that kids actually had to do chores & lots of them back then, rather than park it in front of the TV all the time-doesn't make what I ask seem so bad by comparison :)).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Faith Hope on March 22, 2010
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There are many informative stories of what life was like in pioneer days. There are stories of how some quilt blocks got their names and directions for making simple projects. I think young quilters would really enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Vandenbergh on August 26, 2006
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I've used this book in my fifth grade classroom for many years--and for quilt ideas at home. I'm purchasing another copy for a friend who is just starting her career as an art teacher--and she is also an avid quilter! Projects are great and can be adapted for every age level--highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Reed on January 30, 2010
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If, as I, you are a collector of children's quilt books, you MUST have this one for your collection. Great illustrations and lots of historical information make for good reading for adults, as well as children. Order today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Kirby on October 19, 2009
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Wonderful kids book. Would be a great book to use with Pioneer or Heritage Day activities. It teaches the reader the importance of everyday life and the events that affect them. Each chapter deals with an event of a Pioneer Day Life, from moving west to setting up a home. Block corresponding with these events are featured in the chapter.
This book also offers a wonderful insight to the day to day struggles of a pioneer day family. The story is easy to follow and the wonderful pictures make it a great read to me book for school age children. Quilt Block History would make a wonderful book for a quilt group, quild or teacher to introduce children to pioneer day life as well as quilting. A great little book and would make a wonderful addition to the quilter family with children.
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