We summed up our year of Iditarod fun the same way we started it… with the Quilt. If you remember, our class hosted one of the Iditarod Travelling Quits. You can read that original post here: LINK
To summarize our experiences, we decided to create our own quilt square to be added to a new Iditarod Travelling Quilt. First, each boy designed his own square. They included symbols, words, and pictures that showed what they thought the “message” behind the race is. We also talked about the idea that our final quilt square would need to give information about where the square came from.
After we assembled our quilt, we spent some time looking at it and looking for similarities between the squares. We figured if something appeared on many squares that must mean it’s important to us and should probably appear on our final square.
We came up with a game plan of what we wanted our final square to be. We decided to divide it into two sections – one for Alaska and one for Maryland. Each side features a map of the state colored like the state’s flag and is surrounded by symbols of things that the state is known. For Maryland there is afootball to represent the Ravens, a baseball for the Orioles, a lacrosse stick to show our state team sport, and a steamed crab. The Alaska side shows a gold pan, mail for the mail trail, a dog, and cross country skies. Then there is a dog sled running the Iditarod across the bottom and horses running the Preakness across the top. The center features the quote that the boy think best represents the race: “Dream. Try. Win.” ~ John Baker.
The boys are excited to see their final design featured in a new quilt next year. To get your class involved in the Travelling Iditarod Quilt Project, check out this site: LINK and contact Diane Johnson at djohnson@ iditarod.com