You Can Find Quilters in Unusual Places

A group of students at Virginia Commonwealth University are having an unique learning experience in one of their engineering classes.


A recent article on the VCU website shares the assignment that some engineering students were given.  To read the entire article, Click Here.


The students were divided into teams of two and were to explore the quilt-making industry and to try to design a kit that would allow a beginner to create a quilt 30” x 42” in less than eight hours without any sewing experience or access to a sewing machine.


Local Richmond, VA, quilt shops, including Sew Refreshing in Mechanicsville, VA, & quilters were involved in sharing the quilting experience with the students.  One student observed that “We realized that we don’t think like [quilters] do.”  The team with the best quilt will be sent to visit and share their experience with the Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

The finished quilts will be used in a fundraising event for a pediatric cancer patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, and then will be donated to the hospital.

I wonder how many of these students will continue quilting?

Happy Stitching!


Quilt Mouse


About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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2 Responses to You Can Find Quilters in Unusual Places

  1. KerryCan says:

    This is a very neat, real-world assignment! I’m impressed that engineering faculty came up with it!

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    • Quiltmouse says:

      Yes, I was very interested in this article and the fact that the student’s projects will be donated to the hospital. But I was somewhat disappointed in the instructor’s comment about quilting being an “old fashion” craft. Not sure he’s as aware of current quilting trends as he thinks.


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