Photos, Prints, Drawings 1996 Kids Quilt Title of Quilt: Peaceable Planet

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1996 Kids Quilt
Other Title
Title of Quilt: Peaceable Planet
Contributor Names
Jacksonville Beach Elementary School (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) students; Lowey-Ball, Heidi Blake, l (Creator)
Created / Published
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, September, 1995 - May, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt tops
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  quilting bees
-  quilting groups
-  synthetic fabrics
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  pictorial quilts
-  quilt art
-  wholecloth quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Florida -- Jacksonville Beach
-  Quilt size: 72" x 72"
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker: / "Hands of all sizes and colors stitched together The Peaceable Planet Quilt at Jacksonville Beach Elementary School. Our goal was to learn about major artists and their works through an integrated project which combined art lessons with quilting and the celebration of non-violence in our school. The quilt was fashioned after Ewa Zadrzynska's The Peaceable Kingdom. In this book the animals from Edward Hick's painting come alive to see if peace has come to earth. Students recreated the painting by drawing original pictures in art classes where they had studied the work of a major artist. These pictures were transferred to muslin and painted using Batikit dye. The students chose to docking of the Russian space station Mir with the US space shuttle and observing of the Olympics to remind them of peace in today's world. The quilt was stretched on a frame in the library were 109 individuals from the school and community joined with 496 students to handstitch the quilt. These volunteers included police officers, electricians, teachers, parents, custodians, mayors, politicians, and artists. The stitchers were all invited to speak with students and to document their thoughts and sign in a guest book. Many stories were shared by the differing groups as they quilted together. One bus driver came in 30 minutes early each day to take out mistakes in stitching and an older woman quilted every Thursday and helped children understand the history in quilts. Stitching became a sharing and quiet time which did reflect a wonderful spirit of cooperation and non-violence. Our quilt was entered in the All American Quilt contest offerred by Good Housekeeping magazine where it took a special cash award."
-  If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? Where did you learn the pattern? "The pattern was designed by children after Edward Hicks' painting of The Peaceable Kingdom. The 496 children (K-5) and 109 community members quilted together over one week to support peace in our schools."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: The quilt commemorates "Victory Over Violence Week."
-  "The students of our school (496 grades K-5) learned to quilt on this quilt. The quilt was on a frame in the school library for several months and kids quilted every day."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9053 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
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