Quilt Descriptions

These descriptions match quilts designed and made by these students.
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Native American
The square on the top left of the quilt is two acorns falling into a pot to be roasted so the Native Americans will be able to eat them.  I made this square because the Gabrielinos, the Native American tribe that I studied, had acorns on top of their favorite food list instead of the usual boring corn, beans, or squash.  The Gabrielinos were in several areas along the Los Angeles River and the coast of South California, which was the reason they wore no clothes except when it was cold or if you were not a man.

The square on the top right of the quilt is a boat heading towards South America. The arrow on South America is no ordinary one; it is poisoned.  The square represents Giovanni de Verrazano's exploration of South America's coast.  There he met his death at the tip of a poisoned arrow shot by a native.

The square on the middle left of the quilt is a boat with a crate of tea falling off.  This square represents the Boston Tea Party where, dressed as Native Americans, the Sons of Liberty dumped three hundred crates of tea into the Boston harbor.  Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin planned this "party".

Revolutionary War
The square on the middle right of the quilt is the thirteen star American flag.  This design of the flag was rarely ever used. I choose it because in the Revolutionary War it was a symbol of independence and freedom to all patriots.

The square on the bottom left of the quilt is a church. It represents Amendment One of the constitution, Freedom of Religion.  Freedom of Religion allows you to study any religion without the government stopping you.  It also allows you to not study a religion at all. One other power it has is stopping the government from forcing you to go to a certain church.

Westward Ho!
The square on the bottom right of the quilt is a fort.  These forts were used as trading posts for a while, but people wanted protection from Native Americans so they were turned into military posts.  The soldiers didn't help much because they would start more problems by attacking the wrong Native American tribe.

Native American - cornhusk doll
Explorers - Christopher Columbus explored Cuba
Colonial - house
Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776
Torch of Liberty
Westward Ho in a wagon

Native Americans
    Native Americans think of animals as brothers, sisters, and cousins. In most tribes Coyote is the main trickster but Rabbit takes his turn playing pranks, too. This is an Algonquian legend where Rabbit tricks Wildcat.
    Wildcat was desperately trying to track down Rabbit. Every time Wildcat stopped, Rabbit was there with a new prank to play on his friend Wildcat. For example, Wildcat found a wigwam while he was tracking down Rabbit. In the wigwam was a Native American chief with surprisingly big ears. The Native American chief told Wildcat he could stay over night in the wigwam. In the middle of the night Wildcat woke up shivering. He looked around and there was no wigwam and no Native American chief. That silly old Rabbit, thought Wildcat. Rabbit is a true trickster.
    I chose Rabbit because he is very important to Native Americans. In many of their legends Rabbit tricks lots of the creatures and people.

    If you are an explorer planning to go on a journey across the ocean (or another body of water) you need a boat. That is what made me think of doing a boat for my explorer quilt square.
    I drew a very simple boat. The boat itself is an upside down trapezoid. The boats that many explorers used were plain wooden ones. You can see that the boats that they used were not nearly as sturdy as boats are now but, imagine, they made it all the way around the world in wooden boats so the boats must have been extremely sturdy. There are two sails. Both of them are scalene triangles. The sails that they used were canvas. They were nothing fancy but they worked very well. So many explorers went so far with those sails. Some even went around the world. One of them is Ferdinand Magellan. He was the first person to sail around the whole world so the arrows mean he went around the whole world. Ferdinand Magellan also discovered the Strait of Magellan in southern South America.

Revolutionary War
    I chose two flags to show what countries were fighting the Revolutionary War.
    The flag in the top left corner is the American flag. The fifty stars stand for the 50 states. During the Revolutionary War the 13 red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies. When there were still only 13 colonies, instead of having 50 stars they had 13 stars forming a circle.
    The flag in the bottom right is the British flag.
    The flags were both very important to the countries. Both countries flew their flags during wartime.
In the middle of the square it says "vs." I have that to show that America was fighting against Great Britain.

    I chose the Constitution for my quilt square because it is very important to the United States. Imagine what the United States would be like without the Constitution. The whole government is based on the Constitution. Without it, we wouldn't know if we were going to have a president or Congress with Representatives and Senators.
    The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution gives everybody more freedom. Everybody can have the religion they want, and they can speak out and write what they want. Without the Bill of Rights, you'd feel like a bird locked up in a cage.
    The Constitution holds all the most important ideas that the founders of our country wanted for the United States.
    On my quilt square there is a piece of paper that the Constitution was written on. The pen is supposed to be writing the Constitution. Off to the right there is a little black bottle which is an inkbottle.

    I chose the covered wagon as my quilt square because without them, how would everyone have gotten west? The top part of the wagon is the canvas cover. They used the top to block the sun and to protect the travelers from the rain. I think the yellow fabric really brings out the texture of the cover. The lower part of the wagon is the base. That is where the traveler would keep their goods and is where they would sit.
    The two black dots are the wheels. The wheels broke fairly often so the travelers would have to bring extra wheels. If they didn't bring extra wheels, they would hope to find a fort and trade for new wheels there.
    The bar was what they used to keep the oxen connected to the wagon so the oxen could pull the wagon.
    I think the covered wagon is very interesting because they went so far in them. Now since we have cars we don't have to worry about our oxen dying or our wheels breaking. We only have to worry about running out of gas or the battery dying. They had so much more to worry about than we do.

Gold Rush
    If there wasn't a big gold rush would so many people have moved west?
    The Gold Rush played a big role in the development of California and the other western states. When people in the original thirteen colonies heard there was gold in California, they thought, "Why don't we move west? We will become rich." So, many people moved out west to look for gold. Some people loved it out west. They loved it more than they loved the colonies. Even if some people hated it out west they didn't want to have to make the long journey home along the Oregon Trail so they stayed out west.
    In the middle of the square is a bag that is filled with gold. Coming out of the bag are little gold nuggets. That's what many people moving west thought they would find. When they got into California and the other western states, they realized that gold was scarce and life was much harder than they expected.

Native American
 This quilt square represents an important piece of the Kwakiutl culture. It is interesting because the totem pole on it was something these Native Americans Worshiped. They were famous for their potlatches. Potlatches were a type of ceremony when the Indians would invite other tribes over, and they would dance around the totem poles. The person giving the potlatch would also give everyone presents. This quilt square is important because it shows an object that was sacred to these Indians.

 For my explorer quilt square, I have the east, the Mississippi River, and the west. Cabeza de Vaca Sailed from Spain to Florida. In Florida He sailed into the Gulf of Mexico and discovered the Mississippi River. This piece is important because it shows what he did and why he was famous. His name means the head of a cow.

 This piece of the quilt shows a church from the colonial times. This quilt square shows what the churches looked like back then. This Church is white, with a steeple and windows. It is important because people now days donít really care about what things were like in the past. This teaches those people what things were like what they were used for.

War of 1812
 This quilt piece happens to be my favorite. The USA's National Anthem was written where and when this quilt square takes place. It is the British ship firing bombs at Americaís Flag at Fort McHenry. Francis Scott Key saw this happening and didnít think we would win this battle. When he woke up the next morning, the flag was still waving. We had won. That is when he wrote a song about it.

Erie Canal
 Have you heard of the Erie Canal? It is a major canal that starts at Lake Erie and ends in The Hudson River. This quilt square is important because it was a major canal which people traveled and imported through.

Oregon Trail
This fraction of the quilt is the route of the Oregon Trail. It is important because most of the west's population got to the west trough the Oregon Trail. I think it is interesting because it shows how long and curvy the trail was, and it shows people how hard it would have been to go all the way. They had to cross the plains, rivers, and mountains.

Native American
 My quilt square represents the Native Americans.  The design has squash that's on the top right hand corner.  The corn is in the middle of the quilt and beans are in the bottom left hand corner.  All of these are called the three sisters.  The tribe that I researched called the Zuni used these very much.
 These tribes had many other foods but the three sisters were the main foods.   They were so important to these the native Americans that they wrote stories about them.
 I choose the fabric on the corn because it looks like yellow kernels.  The leaves of the corn have little leaves and on the squashes stem it looks like green vines.  The squash fabric is orange with little designs on it.  The bean is just plain dark green.

 This quilt square represents Jacque Cartier's trip to Canada.  It has a small model of Canada on the top.  In the left hand corner there is a little boat showing how he sailed there. This is important because it shows where he traveled and it marks the St. Lawrence River where he mainly traveled.  The blue line down the St. Lawrence River was made by puff paint.
 The fabric on Canada is for the land and is green with little leaves for a design.  The boat has a navy blue sail with pink flowers and green leaves.  The bottom of the boat is brown-looking like wood.

Revolutionary War
This quilt stands for the Revolutionary War.  It is a picture of the United States and gun coming from it because they were fighting.  The gun is pointing at England who they fought.  Near New England there are a stamp, a teacup, a playing card, and dice.  All of these stand for the tax acts.
This square is important because it shows why the Americans fought and how big it was.  They fought because the people were under so many rules and they wanted to be free.  That was the only thing that the Americans wanted to be free.   That did happen because they won the war.  The British army was the best army and we beat them with men called minutemen who would fight whenever we needed help.

Thomas Jefferson
 This quilt square represents some of the wonderful things Thomas Jefferson did in his life. I choose this because it has a red Louisiana, which stands for the Louisiana Purchase.  The Declaration of Independence is also on it. This is important because the Louisiana Purchase gave us the whole other part of the United States after the Mississippi River.  It also stands for Lewis and Clark's expedition, which Jefferson sent them on to search the new land.
 Jefferson also wrote the Declaration of Independence that declared us free from the British.
 The fabric on Louisiana is red with what it looks like little fish scales.  On the other tan fabric with white flowers on it say "In the course of human events" because those are the first words of the Declaration of Independence.  Then I signed the name Thomas Jefferson.

Westward Movement
This quilt square represents the westward movement.  That was when many people left their homes to find a new land to live.
I choose this because it represents the tough obstacles that the people had to go though like mountains, rivers, animals, and others.
The quilt shows a path that the people had to follow so that stands for Oregon Trail or others.

Transcontinental Railroad
 This quilt square represents the transcontinental Railroad. Since the gold rush happened many people wanted away to get to California.  The wagon train and the stagecoach were some ways to get there but they were too slow and dangerous.  So the people started building a railroad called the transcontinental railroad.  The railroad was safe, fast, and cheaper.  It was perfect.
 Two different companies worked on the transcontinental railroad.  Many of Chinese immigrants worked on the railroad.
 This square is important because it tells a big way how the people got to the gold rush.
 The fabric on the train on the front is red is red with a design that looks like little fish scale shapes.  The wheels are navy blue with some pinkish dots.  The two brown squares have little black dots.

Native Americans
My quilt square is a corn on the cob.  It represents the main meal that the Iroquois tribe ate.  The corn is one of three important crops.  They grew 15 varieties of corn. They stored the corn in the ground for the winter.  The Indians made dolls and slippers out of the cornhusks.
The corn is yellow with brown lines going down.  It also has two green leaves one on each side.
The reason I chose this design was because I though it was interesting that they made slippers and dolls out of cornhusks.

 I chose this design, for my explorer quilt square because most explorers had boats or ships on their trips.  The boat is brown with small white dots on it.  It also has a tall brown mast to hold the two red sails.  One of the sails is big and the other is small.  At the bottom of the boat there is a blue wavy material to represent the hard blue waves that the explorers had to sail over.
 My explorer was Christopher Columbus.  Ha sailed from Spain to the Bahamas, America and Cuba.  Columbus had a boat named the Santa Maria.  He was trying to prove that the world was round and you would not fall off if you got to the end.  But Columbus discovered the New World.  America.

Declaration of Independence
 This square represents the Declaration of Independence.  The flag stands for the United States.  The fireworks represent happiness.  The date, July 4, 1776 stands for the signing of the Declaration.
 I chose this quilt square because a piece of paper that was written about 200 years ago still means something to the United States.
 The Declaration of Independence was a letter written to King George the Third of England.  Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration.  It said that the colonists were being treated unfairly, how the new nation would be governed, and they ended it by saying they wanted to be free and would declare war.

 This square represents the Constitution.  The design is a piece of white cloth for the paper.  The eagle stands for freedom.  The body is made out of tan cloth and the beak is cut out of yellow material.
 I chose this square because the Constitution is important to the United States.  People wrote this piece of paper a long time ago and they didnít think it would last till now.

United States
 This quilt square is the United States.  The red part stands for the colonies.  Britain owned the green part. The yellow is the Louisiana Purchase owned by America.  President Thomas Jefferson made the purchase.  Also, Mexico owned the blue part.
 I chose it because our class has studied those places.  The Louisiana Purchase would double the size of the United States.  It would help America trade with other countries by using the Mississippi River.

 This quilt square is to represent the Lewis and Clark expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson.  The design is a covered wagon.  The bottom is a brown colored material.  The top is white and the wheels are black.
 I chose this design because I was impressed with how the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled so many miles. Later many Americans traveled west in wagons.

Native Americans
 Way back when Indians ruled what is now America, a certain tribe called the Tlingit (cling-it) along with the Haida, ruled what is now Alaska. They had very efficient ways of life. The whole village would live in about five different log houses. Almost fifteen families would live in each house. It had a hole in the middle of the roof to let the smoke from fires out of the building. The houses were built in forests where the trees provided shelter and food was not scarce. This Native American house is a replica of what I have just explained above.

 Hundreds of years ago, boats sailed to and fro from their home countries, their passengers trying to find passages, new lands, and new things. This prospect was the "rage" of the 1500's and 1600's.
One distinguished explorer by the name of Samuel de Champlain, was sent to claim land in the newly discovered area, America, for France. In his journeys he settled and founded three major cities in Canada, built two forts, and had a lake named after him, which he himself had discovered. My quilt square has a French flag to tell the tale of where he was from, while the Canadian flag is for where he explored.

Revolutionary War
 Almost one thousand American soldiers sweated as they waited until dawn, when the British regulars would awaken and find themselves facing an army of patriots on top of Breeds Hill. The regulars did awaken, and they were surprised, but they started getting ready for the battle that would rage that day in Boston. As the British troops marched upon Breeds Hill, the Americans shot down line after line of the redcoats. Soon the rebels had no gunpowder left. The British troops brought out their bayonets, and many an American perished at the fate of those vile knives. America had been defeated in one battle but it did not keep them from winning the war. Americans were free after the peace treaty was signed and they knew the living and dead soldiers had rebelled for something.

The Constitution
 In 1787 13 house representatives sweated and fidgeted in a small, stuffy room in Independence Hall, making a decision that has affected our country for over 200 years. Constitution, or no Constitution? That was the question. This question lasted until 1788 when nine states were all for making the document. Hence, the Constitution was written in the building pictured here: Independence Hall.

The War of 1812
 It was June 18, 1812. The Americans had just declared war over Great Britain.
 England had been boarding American ships and taking British and sometimes American sailors to work in the English navy. The Americans were angry with this policy, and immediately tried to stop it. But Britain was very stubborn and no matter what the Americans tried, the English would not give in.
 On August 24, 1814, British troops stormed Washington D.C., and burned the Capitol building and the White House. The building that is burning here is the White House. The War of 1812 lasted 15 days after a peace treaty was signed, when the last and worst battle of the war was fought in New Orleans, in 1815. The reason for this was that news could not travel quickly like it can in modern times.

Westward Movement
 In the late 1840's to the early 1860's, gold was discovered by the ton, out west in California. People from coast to coast flocked from their homes to claim stakes in order to "live off the land" (aka find a whole bunch of gold). It was a great opportunity to get extremely rich. However, not everybody found gold in the California hills, and the trip to California had them living on the "street" if they didn't find any gold. In my quilt square I represent this period of mining with a mining car, a pickaxe, and a shovel with the word gold shining above it. Today it is not as easy to find gold in any hill, valley, or river, but there are gold mines that still have gold in them out in the west.

Native Americans
    On my quilt square the hut is a wigwam which symbolizes the Ojibwa who used wigwams for their houses and the yellow on the wigwam is dried reeds which are used to cover the wigwam. On the top of the quilt square there is a birch bark canoe made by the Ojibwa tribe. They made the strongest canoes out of all the tribes in the United States.

  My explorer was Vasco Nunez de Balboa. He traveled around the Gulf of Mexico by boat so that is why I made a boat (which is Balboa's) and the palm trees for Mexico (where he traveled) on my quilt square. He was important because he was the first Spanish explorer to see the Pacific Ocean.

  The teacup represents what most colonists would drink because they really liked tea but they had to buy it from the British. Then the British raised taxes on the tea so the Americans kind of rebelled and dumped several shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor. This is important because it was one of the things that led to the Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary War
  The tall black hat represents the British soldiers in the Revolutionary War and the blue hat represents the colonists. The British soldiers were called the regulars or the lobsterbacks. The American colonists wore the tricornes, which are triangular hats that were very popular back then.

Spanish Mission
  The Spanish Mission on my quilt square has a gold building in the middle and to both sides is a cream-colored part. It has a small fence going out from both sides of the building and is very similar to San Xavier del Bec in Arizona. The mission was what the Spanish would call a church and where they would make Indians and themselves worship their god. Today there are very few left to visit.

  On the globe there is a continent which represents South America and the white lines represent latitude and longitude. They are important because they divide the Earth into Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, and Western Hemisphere. The middle longitude line is the Prime Meridian. The middle latitude line is the Equator.

 Native Americans
 The Raven is a zealous tricky symbol of the Northeastern Indians who overcomes natural problems like high tide with his wit. Many times the Raven saved the Indian nation and just as many times he stole from it.
 I chose to have a Raven for my quilt square simply because it looked nice on paper. Later I learned that my 'nice picture" was a belief of Indian times and a savior of Indian ways.

 It was a time of darkness. Land was decided for by how much blood each ruler was willing to spill. The Vikings used these tactics to the max. Their lives revolved around death, is that what you think? Fortunately, you think wrong. The Vikings were mostly farmers, boat builders or maritime traders. True, some were vicious, but most were just farmers.
 I used the sword as a tribute to these barbaric farmer-warriors and their equally barbaric  farming ways. The hill on which the sword stands is tribute to the many places explored by them.

The sun and moon picture here is a symbolic picture in that the Americans felt that they were nothing like the British. Americans believed that England couldn't possibly rule them from so far away. The Sun is supposed to represent the American's new and lively rebelling against the British (the Moon) always growing older. The star between then is the ocean separating the two countries fighting for control.

 During the Revolution farmers laid down their hoes and scythes and raised their muskets from the hooks on their walls. These farmers where marching off to war, untrained and uncontrolled.
 The flower is Britain proud and strong, old and wise, its roots delved deep into soil, and America is the seed, which has fallen from Britain to start a new country its heels dug deep in the ground of Justice.

The War of 1812
 This square has nothing to do with the war of 1812 but more the problem of George Washington stepping down from leading the country and resigning from presidency.
 The sun in this picture, unlike in every other picture, is setting because the era of the first president George Washington had come to an end, it was time for a new day.

Western Movement
 In the year 1848, in Sacramento, California James Marshall was walking knee deep in stream water checking to see if all was clear for his bosses mill when a shimmer past his eye, bending down he found something that would certainly get him a better job, James Marshall found gold.
 That was the beginning of a gold rush thousands of people moved from their homes on the East Coast to California in hopes of finding enough gold to retire on. The mill in this picture is not a mill grinding wheat, but a mill famous for its gold studded banks.

The Buffalo
A native beast originated in the Great Plains, the buffalo is mandatory to the life of Sioux Indians because it provides their food, clothing, tools and religious items. They used the meat for food, and the hide for clothing. The hide was also used as medicinal bandages which they wrapped around the wounded area, wet the hide and let it dry. The bones for tools and the horns and other parts were used in religious ceremonies.

John Cabot traveled by boat from Bristol, England, and discovered Grand Banks. He could catch fish by lowering a bucket into the water!

Ben Franklin
 In colonial days, Ben Franklin did his all-famous experiment with the kite. He wanted to prove lighting was electricity traveling from the clouds to the ground.

Revolutionary War
During the Revolution, the Americans raged on against the British. The Americans won, so that’s why the British flag appears tattered. At the beginning, the Americans had no money, no army, no government, no organization, and were outnumbered.

Pennsylvania is the place that the constitution was signed. The state’s nickname is the Keystone State.

 One reason many moved west was the Gold Rush in California. California’s nickname is The Golden State.

Native Americans
    My quilt square is a northwest Native American symbol. The sun is in the middle with a raven flying near it. I also have directional points since Indians did a lot of things with north, south, east and west. This is important to me because there are a lot of Native American stories about the raven so that is how I will represent Indians. I think my design is interesting because I chose all of the parts for a reason and I think that is special and unique. I chose it because of the stories of the raven and I thought the design could look interesting.

 My quilt square represents my explorer, Captain James Cook.  My square has a little boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  I used puff paint to make a circle going around the boat symbolizing the fact that my explorer went around the world.  I chose this because I know a lot about James Cook and this was one of his greatest accomplishments.  I think this design is interesting because not a lot of explorers went around the world in the 1750's, so my quilt square will be different.

My quilt square is of the US capitol building with a big American flag in the upper left corner. I chose this design because the US capitol is an important building in American history. Also, with the American flag it will be meaningful. I think this quilt square is important because it is an original design and I picked two important things in American history.

U.S. Revolution
    My quilt square is of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charleston, Massachusetts.  My design has Bunker Hill Monument in the middle of the square with two clouds on either side representing peace.  I also have two cannons with a cannon balls shooting out to symbolize that there was war and people died.  I chose this design because I think the monument is really neat. Also our class went to walked the Freedom Trail and I climbed the monument.  It is 221 feet tall and it takes 296 steps to get to the top.  I think my design is interesting because all of my figures on the square connect to Bunker Hill.

Lewis and Clark Expedition
     This quilt square is of the trail that Lewis and Clark took on their journey west.  The United States that the trail is located on is made of fabric that has a few American Flags on it.  Lewis and Clark's trail is marked in golden puff paint.  I chose this design because no one in my class had done it and I thought that it was a good idea.  I think that his design is interesting because the U.S. is of an American Flag which is very patriotic and if Lewis and Clark hadn't explored the west we wouldn't have any huge American cites.  They would be big cites of another culture.

Transcontinental Railroad
     This quilt design is of a typical train on the transcontinental railroad that stretches from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California.  The train is in Promontory, Utah which is where the railroad's met when some people started making a track in Sacramento and another group of people in Omaha.  My train is running in the mountains and is headed to Sacramento.  I chose my design because I thought that it connected to what we are studying in social studies which is trails that settlers used to go west.  I think that my design is interesting because I have the train in the mountains in Promontory, Utah and that was a very important place in railroad history.

Native Americans
This quilt square is a copy of a drawing that the Anasazi drew on cliffs. The lizard on the cliff stands for good luck. The turtle on the cliff stands for a long life. I saw this when I went to New Mexico and saw them myself but I did not know what they meant. I went to a place called Sky City and that is where I got the information. I chose this because it looked cool. I know that isn't much but don't you think it is cool? If you look closely you can notice that the turtle's legs are colored. Did you notice that before I told you?

This quilt square is for my explorer.  His name was Francisco Coronado.  He was the first Spaniard to see the Grand Canyon.  Spanish soldiers who came to take gold from other countries are called conquistadors.  Conquistador means conqueror.  Conquistadors wore weird helmets that looked like they had a gold banana on the bottom and top and a gold half circle in between them. Coronado was looking for cities of gold, but he did not find them.  He saw mica windows which reflected a gold color, but it was not gold.  Coronado looked and looked, but he did find not gold.

This you see is a colony.  The reason I chose this is because it was the first thing we built when we came to America.  They also built forts like Fort #4.  It is very important to the American citizens because it protected us from the British and the Indians.  If we didn't do this we would all be speaking French and Spanish.  But because we built these marvelous things, we all have liberty and we speak English.

Revolutionary War
This lobster is for the Revolutionary War. It stands for the lobster backs. They were soldiers from England in red suits who were fighting against the Americans. The Americans also called them the regulars. They called them the lobster backs because they wore red coats and lobsters are red. If you look closely you can notice something is wrong on this quilt square. On its claws you can notice that part of the claw is on the wrong side. If you look at the other squares none are even close to looking like mine except one. Can you find it?

The Constitution
The quilt square you are looking at right now is a picture of the constitution. I chose this because it is very important to our country. The constitution contains the Bill of Rights. It is not a bill like you are in debt. It is the rights people have in America. If you notice you can see some writing with a quill, not a pen, because back then they did not have pens they had quills they dipped in ink. As you can see it is wrapped in gold tubes. That is what they used to carry paper around.

Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin was an inventor with many inventions.  Here are some of them.  First, you see is a book because he invented the library.  Ben also invented the stove as you can see on the quilt square.  He also invented the bifocals which many people wear now.  Ben was also one of the people who wrote part of the Declaration of Independence.  He was born in Boston, Mass. in 1706.  Today many people know about Ben but they do not know what wonderful things he did.  I think those people should know about him. Don't you?

Native Americans

          I chose to have the woods and the river because the Native Americans got all their supplies from nature. As you can see, I also have a rock next to the river, and lying on the rock is an arrow. This shows what the Native Americans killed animals with. The Native Americans respected nature and to show it whenever they killed an animal they would use all of its parts.

    This quilt represents the Revolutionary War, which is a big part of history. As you can see, I have a flag in the center of the square. This is not just any old flag, this is the American flag! In each corner of the square, there are rifles (guns). The rifles are all pointing at the flag, indicating war.

      I chose the American flag, and guns, because guns plus Americans equaled war. Remember, back then, guns were popular, unlike now! I feel my quilt square is important because the American flag means a lot to us, especially since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

      I think my quilt square is interesting because instead of having a man shooting a man, I have something less harmful and more unique. I spent a lot of time learning about the Revolutionary War and putting this quilt together, and I hope you can see that!

Native Americans
I drew a lacrosse stick because that is what the Cherokee (my tribe) invented and gave to the world. I also drew a chickee because the Cherokee use to sleep in them in winter.

My quilt is a map of Africa. I chose Africa because my explorer Bartholomew Dias discovered the Cape of Good Hope which is near Africa.
I also chose the water dragon because explorers thought that water dragons lived in the oceans and sank ships.

Revolutionary War
I picked a church with one light because Paul Revere rode into town and said the regulars are coming. And they put one light to tell the people the British (the regulars) were coming by land and not by sea.

Native Americans
    This quilt square teaches people about the Plains Indians. The Plains Indians were hunters that is why they needed to have these easy movable homes. Teepees. These home could last through hot and cold seasons. The teepees could also stand strong winds that blew from the west. The plains Indians used from 8-20 different skins to cover the outside layer of the teepees.
I chose this design because it teaches people that not all Indian tribes stay in one place and that there are different kinds of Indian homes.

         This quilt square teaches about an explorer named Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon sailed the ocean and scanned Florida in search for the “Fountain of Youth”. Unfortunately he died before he could find it. Still no one has ever found it. I think that is because there really is no “Fountain of Youth”, but that’s my opinion. I chose this design because it teaches other people about the explorer Ponce de Leon.

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Native American
     I chose the cliff-dwelling Anasazi for this Native American quilt square.  The Anasazi lived in hot dry spots in the Southwest and farmed on the rock outcroppings called mesas.
     To the Anasazi the sun was an important part of their religion. They believed it to be the blood of Christ.  Why Christ? Well, when the Spanish came in the 1540's they made a good amount of the natives Christian.  Many natives revolted, but the Spanish threatened them with guns.
    Today we have a problem in some cities with kids writing things with paint and its called graffiti.  The Anasazi did graffiti that was good.  The graffiti called petroglyphs usually depicted a special symbol in their history.

     Did you know that Marco Polo, my explorer, traveled over most of Asia and stayed with Kublai Khan in Mongolia for over 10 years?  Marco also traveled in rickety boats, that leaked, across the Indian Ocean to the Spice Islands (now Indonesia.) So for my explorer quilt square I did a boat for the Spice Islands and a dragon for the Mongolian rule over most of Asia during the early 1300's.  You wonder though: Marco Polo's records show and say that he traveled into China by way of the Great Wall of China, but there are no Chinese records of him being near the Great Wall.  So you might wonder, ponder, and choose for yourself.  Do you think some of his tales were exaggerated, or do you have a different theory to some of his explanations?

     Jamestown was one of the first permanent English settlements in the newly found land.  Captain John Smith and many others came to Jamestown to explore and start new lives on board the three ships called Discovery, Susan Constant, and Godspeed.
     After finding the right area to settle in, John and his companions started to work on building a fort.  The fort name was Jamesfort and resembled a giant triangle with tiny squares for buildings inside.  To me Jamestown symbolizes "character and courage" because these people chose to come to a newly discovered land to explore, settle, and claim the land for England.

Declaration of Independence
     Independence Hall! the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed by many people that included John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and John Adams.  John Hancock, who was one of the first people to sign the Declaration, wrote his name in the biggest print thinkable.  To me I think of that like, wow this guy either has a great sense of humor or wants to be noticed.  But he was already famous because he was a leader of the Liberty Boys.  Now the Liberty Boys were the really really enthusiastic about separating the land that they lived on from the land England claimed.  Many Liberty Boys performed horrible tricks of retribution.  Others just stuck to insulting anyone and anything that was British.

Revolutionary War
 The Revolutionary War got started up when England started putting taxes on everything the colonists used.  When the colonists got angry and rebelled, his majesty of England sent his own British soldiers into America to keep peace.  His actions only provoked more violence.  Soon the colonists started making up nicknames for the British Regulars.  My favorite of which is lobster backs, which was depicted from the red coats that the British Army members wore.

Westward Ho
 During the year of 1849 James Marshall found a gold nugget while walking over to the river of which his sawmill was situated.  He told one person and that person told another and so the news spread, that there was gold in California.  Soon small settlements started popping called "Boom Towns". Boom Towns were towns like Central City, Colorado that went from three thousand people to thirty thousand people in under one month.
 There were many different methods of gold mining.  One was using tunnels to dig out of the earth and another was panning.  Panning consisted of running water with dirt in it through a sifter to sort the gold from the soil.

What Does this Quilt Mean?

Native American
My Native American quilt square is a Haida Mask called "After He Has Seen the Spirit". It has a brown base with white polka dots. On top of that is a maroon semi base, then two yellow circles. Inside the two yellow circles are two blue circles in each yellow circle. They are the eyes. Then below the eyes is a green strip with three white squares connected to the strip. These are the mouth and teeth. On the top of the mask are three green triangles. The triangles represent the feathers on the real mask.
 I chose this because it was important to the Haida. Most Haida art was a lasting symbol of the artist's ancestors, status, and wealth.

For my explorer square I have a boat. The boat is all brown, but has a red sail. The boat is going to Iceland. This symbol is supposed to represent Leif the explorer. Iceland has a tree on it. The tree is green at the top and has a brown trunk. Around Iceland is blue water, showing that it's an island.
 An interesting thing is that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice. Leif's father, Eric the Red, went to Greenland and saw that it had ice, so he wanted to trick people into going there, so he named it Greenland. He was a crafty man.

For my colonial square I have a colonial woman. She has a black shirt with a brown skirt. The skirt also has white polka dots on it. She is yellow, has red lips, blue eyes, and a red triangular hat. In her hand she has a big black pot.
 I chose her because in colonial times women weren't as important as men were. The women cleaned, took care of the children, and cooked. That is why I have a pot in her hand. I wanted to have a woman instead of a man because I think women are better in most ways.
 The interesting thing is that she is wearing a skirt and not pants like most girls and or women would wear. They only had pants for men. The woman weren't supposed to wear the pants because it was against their religion in many ways. It was like swearing now adays.

Revolutionary War
For my Revolutionary War I have Paul Revere's house.  It is a blue house that is two stories high and has four white windows and a brown and white door in the center of the first floor. On the top of the house it says Paul Revere. Then on the bottom of the house it says 'Lived Here'. On each of the sides, of the square, there is a blue swirl, from the top to the bottom.
 I chose this symbol because Paul Revere played a very important part in the Revolutionary War. He made a long run, on his horse, to warn people that the Redcoats were coming. Along his way he was stopped twice by the Redcoats, but finally got away. His house is still a historical museum in Boston.

For my Constitution I have a little white piece of cloth. It has a pen writing the Constitution. The pen has a black point and the rest of it is brown. On the Constitution, it says Constitution and then below that it says Preamble, which is the beginning of the Constitution. It starts "We the peop.." but it stops there because it's supposed to be the pen writing it. All around the Constitution are swirls of red to bring out the centerpiece, the Constitution.
 I chose this symbol because it was easy to do and it's a symbol of the Constitution and telling you that the Constitution starts with the Preamble. The Constitution is very important because it says people's Bill of Rights and the amendments. It's telling us what we can do or can not do.

Oregon Trail
For my last quilt square I did the Oregon Trail. I have the western part of the U.S, not the eastern part. Then I have the Oregon Trial plotted out in red puff paint. Near the beginning of the Oregon Trial is a little wagon. It has two black wheels because you're looking on the side. It also has a brown base and a yellow top.
 I chose the Oregon Trial because it is important in many ways One way is that it was the only way for settlers to cross the mountains. Two is that it was the only practical way to get to the west. Three is that it opened up all of the western part of the U.S.

Plains Indians
This is where the Plains Indians, called the Pawnee, stretched their buffalo skin and they would draw what had happened and what they had done that day. They showed what they did and recorded happenings and ceremonies.
I chose this because I want to do this like the Indians did but with real buffalo skin. It's important to me because I like studying the Plains Indians.

My explorer, (Pedro Cabral), went to South America because that was the mission that King Emanuel of Portugal gave him.
On his mission he saw parrots. I made a parrot on South America because that was where my explorer went. He explored Brazil.

Boston Tea Party
This is the boat that came with tea from England to North America.
 The people in North America would have to buy it because the king had put a stamp act on paper and a tax on tea so the Americans would have to buy it.
The Americans dressed themselves like Indians and started dumping the tea in the harbor where all the boats settled. One of the men was Paul Revere, the patriotic horse rider.
 I chose to do this picture as a quilt because it shows how angry the Americans were with England, and how they didn't want any taxes. It's important to me because it shows how the United States was born.

Liberty Flag
This is the Liberty Flag that the Liberty Boys made, and it has two blue stripes that are on the top and bottom of the flag and has The Liberty Tree in the middle of the flag.
I chose it because the Liberty Boys made it. They were Americans that were fighting for their freedom, and not like the British (Lobster backs) that weren't fighting for freedom they were fighting because they were getting paid by the king. There is a big difference between fighting for what you love and fighting
because you are paid for it. It's interesting for me because it shows that they really wanted freedom and liberty.

The Old North Church - "One if by land, two if by sea"
This is the church that Paul Revere will see one light if the British were coming by land or two if by sea, but they came by land. The church has eight windows and it was called Old North Church.
I choose this because it shows how they defended themselves and it's important to me because I wanted to see the inside of it when I went to Boston, but there were too many people at that time.

The Louisiana Purchase
This is how big and how much land President Thomas Jefferson bought for 4 cents an acre, but he paid $15,000,000 because that was the deal that he made with France.
It's important to me, because it made the United States wider and more powerful. And, its interesting to me because it shows how cheap the land was at that time.