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Waldport High quilters display projects

Posted: Friday, Apr 19th, 2013

Waldport High School student Vincent Austin points out his quilting project to his mom, Christine Austin, during the class’s quilt show held earlier this month at the school. Vincent was one of 55 students to participate in the show. (Photo by Rockne Roll)

In a small classroom at Waldport High School, quilts hang from the ceiling as if they were sports championship banners, while students, parents and community members walk back and forth to admire them. It looks like an average quilt show, except it isn’t. Every quilt in the room was made by a high school student.

For six years now, Kim Burbee’s home economics classes at Waldport High School have been learning the art of quilt making. In a project that takes about two months to complete, each of about 55 students creates a square yard of quilt entirely of their own design and by their own hand.

“We started out sewing and just putting together big quilts out of pieces,” Burbee said. “Each kid would make one square. We started fairly small, because material is pretty expensive. We’ve had a lot of good donations.”

Those donations included lots of equipment and supplies, especially backing material. When the school got a significant donation of backing, students could start making their own creations instead of just pieces of a collective project.

For the complete article see the 04-19-2013 issue.

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