QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern

Students create monoprints using four small crayon resist designs they have made and use the 8 pieces of paper to make a paper quilt which they use to cover a book. 

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 6


Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


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Crayola Fine Line Markers - Black Crayola Watercolour Paints Crayola Crayons - Regular Not Washable Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm - 1 piece per student Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") Crayola Scissors Crayola Paint Brushes Crayola Washable Glue Sticks Water Containers Paper Towels

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QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern - Step One

Step One

  1. Use crayons to draw a design on one of your small squares of paper.
  2. Leave some of the paper white.
  3. Press hard with the crayon.
  4. Paint watercolour over the design.
QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Before the paint dries, place the square face down on a larger piece of paper.
  2. Rub it gently with the palm of your hand.
  3. Remove the small square to see your monoprint.
QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Repeat with each of the remaining small squares.
  2. Make 8 squares of decorated paper.
QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Decide which papers you would like to use for your quilt.
  2. Design a quilt block using geometric shapes. 
  3. Arrange the shapes on a piece of construction paper or directly on the cardboard cover of your book.
  4. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement start gluing the shapes to the surface.
  5. Use a fine tip black marker to make small stitch marks around the edges of each shape.
QUILT BOOK –  Printmaking, Colour, Shape, Pattern - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Apply lots of glue to the back of the construction paper.
  2. Place it on top of the front of the book.
  3. Line up the edges carefully.
  4. Place a spare paper on top of the quilt.
  5. Gently rub over the spare paper with the palm of your hand.
  6. Make sure the quilt paper is nice and flat.
  7. Remove the spare paper.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create monoprints using crayon resist technique;
  • create a quilt pattern using geometric shapes;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; 
  • support their ideas with evidence found in the works.


Have students:​

  • research who in their community makes quilts;
  • develop a set of interview questions;
  • interview and write a story about their quilter;
  • arrange to have students work with their quilter to create a book combining the paper technique and a fabric technique;
  • organize a special gathering of quilters and kids to share their books and stories.


  1. Prior to this lesson you may want to have students use the Making a Sketchbook lesson plan available on this website to create their own sketchbook/journal.
  2. Gather and make available books about quilts, for example, Mooshka: A Quilt Story, by Julie Paschkis; Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria, by Kyra E. Hicks, and Lee Edward Fodi; The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California, by Susan Lowell, and Stacey Dressen-McQueen; The Keeping Quilt, by Patricia Polacco; and The Quilting Bee, by Gail Gibbons.
  3. Experiment with the technique and make a sample.
  4. Download some quilt images from the Internet, for example,
  5. Download and display the Colour poster available on this website.
  6. Teach or review colour theory.
    - analogous, triadic, complementary colour schemes
    - warm and cool colours
    - contrasting colours
  7. Cut painting paper into 10 cm (4") squares - enough for 4 per student.
  8. Place students into small groups so they can share materials and ideas.





  1. Conduct a read-aloud with the book The Quilting Bee, by Gail Gibbons focussing on quilt terminology and the inspiration for and variety of quilting block designs.
  2. View and discuss the images of quilts,
    ​- difference between these artworks and other kinds of art they are familiar with;
    - different patterns used in each work;
    - use of colour, repetition, space;
    - how these quilts compare to any the students may have.
  3. Encourage students to think about how they might design a quilt block.
  4. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create monoprints using crayon resist technique.
  2. Create a quilt pattern using geometric shapes.
  3. Use your paper quilt to decorate the cover of your book.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the work.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - made 8 pieces of decorated paper
    - used contrasting colours
    - cut out geometric shapes
    - created a design with shapes that fill the page
    - drawn stitch marks carefully 
    - glued the cover down smooth and flat
    - kept everything in good condition
  3. Demonstrate how to make the crayon resist and monoprint.
    - Show students that the prints may not be perfect, but that won’t matter.
    - They will be able to use some parts of the decorated paper.
    - The colours and design with go nicely with the original resist.
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  5. Encourage students to trade some of their papers just as quilters trade fabrics.
  6. Encourage students to play with the arrangement of their shapes before gluing them down.
  7. Observe students as they work.
  8. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Have students place their books on their desks.
  2. Provide sticky notes at each group.
  3. Ask students to:
    - walk around the room and view all the books:
    - choose 3 books to write a comment about;
    - write what you like or find interesting about the book and explain why; 
    - sign your name on the sticky note;
    - if a book already has 3 sticky notes choose another book to comment on until all books have at least 3 comments.
  4. Ask students how they felt about doing this activity.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their artworks – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the artwork, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - QuiltBook_tracking.sheet.pdf)
  5. Have students read the comments their peers wrote about their books and then use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - QuiltBook_Self-sssessment.pdf)