Connection Lab worked with the graduating 5th graders at the Haggerty School in Cambridge, Massachusetts to quickly design and create a quilt that pieced together the many identities of the students. Each student was given a small white square of fabric mounted on a colored backing. They decorated the squares with a central image that symbolized them and two words that represented what makes them unique and one thing that they enjoyed learning at the Haggerty school.
The squares were sewn together by 5th grade parents and the quilt was hung for permanent display in the school gym.
The white fabric that we used was an adhesive fabric that is designed for mounting on walls. It is strong but removable, which allowed us to change the background colors for some of the squares. It has a fine weave, which meant that students could use sharpies for crisp lines for their words and watercolor paint to get rich, varied colors in their images.