Friday, May 14, 2010

Hot Air Balloon Festival

This is the last of the five quilts I worked on with the fourth grade classes at my kids' school. This class chose a hot air balloon festival as a theme. It's a perfect concept for allowing each student to create their own individual piece that becomes part of the whole composition.
The kids always want to make a sketch first before they begin with the fabric. We really try to get them to think about shapes and just get straight to cutting. The kid who created this plane insisted he could not possibly just cut. Really???
I suggested it's really just triangles, right? Long skinny triangles for the wing, shorter fatter triangle for the nose, etc. Sometimes they just seem to want to be pushed back with a bit of humor. He was quite pleased with the result.

That big white bus on the bottom is a shuttle for people to ride from the parking lot. Of course.


Gerrie said...

They think of every thing, don't they?

Kristin L said...

I think this one is my favorite. I love the variety in all the balloons. :-)

Lucy said...

this one is super neat!!

momma helen said...

That's interesting. I always want to just jump in and start cutting and sewing. At the last workshop I took, I was forced to sketch it out first (and then completely misunderstood the bonding agent we were using and messed up my whole project).
I guess it's good to be pushed out of our comfort zone--whatever that zone may be.