In November 2019 I visited the Olpe, KS school to give a presentation and show the students samples of my work.  I worked with the Volunteer Art Teacher, Heather Bailey.  We used one art class session in each grade of the school to let the students and the teacher (as well as their teacher’s assistant if they had one) color on fabric using colored pencils. These pieces were ready-made so we could concentrate on the coloring during their short school period.

The finished fabric butterflies were signed by the artist and Rhonda set the pigments.  Volunteers (Deane Hay, Emporia, KS; Sherry Moore, Hartford KS; and Rhonda) from the Flint Hills Regional Quilt Guild (FHRQC) in Emporia, KS, took the butterfly panels and sewed them into banners representing each class group. Then, Rogene Margritz, Exit Now Quilting Studio, Emporia, KS, quilted the sandwiched wall banners and the group sewed binding on each wall banner.

A total of 8 banners (Kindergarten, 1st through 6th grade, as well as Jr High) were created.  The finished banners were given to the Olpe School.  The coloring sessions were done in November 2019.  The assembly, sewing & quilting were done in early 2020, just before the COVID Pandemic hit the area and the schools were moved to remote teaching sessions.  Hopefully the school will be able to display the finished banners when the time is right.


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