Activity time: 30 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 2, Situations
- Fabric in bright, complementary colors and patterns
- Fabric markers
- Scissors (including left-handed scissors), needles and thread, and fabric glue
- Masking tape or straight pins
- Optional: A copy of your congregational covenant
Preparation for Activity
- Decide the size and number of fabric squares to cut so (a) each participant can work on one square and (b) the squares will form a quilt or banner that can be displayed in your congregation. Cut the squares.
- Print Handout 2 and cut apart the five phrases from the Blake covenant. Or, select phrases from your congregational covenant and write each on a separate piece of paper.
- Arrange for someone to sew the finished squares together.
Description of Activity
Spread out squares of fabric and the other materials on work tables.
Form five groups and give each group a slip of paper (Handout 2) with a different phrase from the Blake covenant. For example, one group gets "seek the truth in love," another gets "help one another." Or, if you have selected phrases from your congregation's own covenant, form a group to work on each phrase you have selected and give the groups their phrases.
Ask groups to gather themselves at work tables and plan together how to show their phrase on squares of fabric. For example, they may decide each person will show one or two words on their square, they may decide some squares will show the words and others will show pictures, or they may decide each person will express the entire phrase in the way they wish. Once they have decided, then each individual may choose a square of fabric to design. Tell them they can:
1. Use fabric markers to draw pictures and/or write words.
2. Use scissors to cut the extra fabric into shapes and/or letters, and glue these on to their square.
3. Cut the extra fabric, and stitch it on to their square using needle and thread.
4. Use a combination of these techniques.
Give a five-minute warning so participants have time to finish their individual work before it is time to clean up. Then, ask groups to have some members clean their work area while others help you gather their fabric squares and tape or pin them together so the person stitching the quilt will know how to arrange the squares.
Give the squares to the person who agreed to assemble the quilt or banner. Provide extra, undecorated fabric squares they can use, as needed, to complete a rectangular shape.
When the quilt or banner is done, arrange a time for the children to present this gift to your congregation.
Including All Participants
If any participants may be unable to decorate a square, configure small groups so some children can work with a partner who can draw or write for them, cut out fabric shapes for them, or help them adhere shapes to their square.