Valerie Russell

The Three Pigs Quilt Project

By: Miranda Carpenter, Priscila Cortez, Caroline Orlando, and Hannah Scarbrough

On Monday, May 2, we decided on a theme for our quilt.  We agreed to base our quilt on a scene from the book The Three Little Pigs. We also drew a picture of what we wanted our quilt to look like. On Friday, May 6, we got our idea for the quilt approved and excitedly began to choose the origami patterns for our quilt. We then began to start making the objects out of paper and figured out the colors we needed to buy. On Saturday, May 7, we bought the fabric. On Wednesday, May 11, we finished making the origami out of paper to the sizes we liked so we could later cut the fabric to the correct size. On Thursday, May 12, we cut the fabric. We also made the house, a butterfly, and one of the three pigs. On Friday, May 13, we made the other two pigs, re-made the house, and sewed the background together. On Monday, May 16, we sewed buttons on the pigs for eyes, started making the sun, sewed the wolf and positioned the pieces on the quilt. We also stayed after school to work on the quilt even more. While staying after school, we sewed the house to the quilt. On Tuesday, May 17, we stayed after school, again, in order to sew the pigs onto the quilt. We finished the sun, as well. The quilt was also taken home to be worked on more. On Wednesday, May 18, the rest of the pieces were sewed to the quilt and a few finishing touches were made.
Our quilt relates to math because of the many different shapes we used.  We used many different squares for the sun, a triangle and rectangles for the house, and a circle for the middle of the sun.  We also used math for when we had to buy fabric, because we had to calculate how much fabric we needed so we did not buy too little, and also to divide the amount of money we spent which was $16 by the 4 people in the group, so everyone had to pay $4, to make it even. Math is also used to see how long it will take for the fox to get to the house where the pigs are hiding.  If the wolf is 20 feet away from the house and it takes him 1.5 seconds to move one foot, it will take the wolf 30 seconds to get to the house.  If one pig is 10 feet from the house and it takes the pig two seconds to move a foot, you can tell that the pig will arrive at the house in 20 seconds.  The pig will be in the house ten seconds before the wolf will get there.
In conclusion, this quilt project was thorough and challenging, but it was fun working and cooperating with others. This project required technique, patience, and knowing what you wanted to end up with. You needed skill to complete it.  The end product ended up looking good, thanks to the creative ideas our group came up with, and all of the dedication they put into the making of the quilt.