The children were asked to draw whatever was important to them and to use the colors they liked. Once fabric square was complete, Suhda pressed them so it was sealed and ready for placement on the backing.

Because the sewing machine had a speed adjustment, each student learned how to use the sewing machine and the pedal, with assistance from Sherry.

 “Four year olds have enough coordination with their feet, eyes and hands to be able to do the sewing,” said Sherry. “It’s all in controlling the speed in how fast the machine sews.”

Sixteen children participated in the project.

Pictured are Sherry Quamme, the Columbus Elementary School 4K class that made the quilt, and LuAnne Reuter, PRH Emergency Department Manager accepting the quilt.