A Quilt that Tells a Story

    “A Quilt that Tells a Story,” Friend, July 2010, 24–25

    A Quilt that Tells a Story

    Did you know that you can “read” a quilt? Pioneer quilters used patterns instead of words to tell stories. Some of these patterns had names, such as “Rising Sun” or “Jacob’s Ladder.”

    In this quilt, each square or block tells about something we learn in Primary. See if you can guess what some of the patterns stand for. Then draw your own block to show something you have learned in Primary.

    Log Cabin—four cornerstones of the gospel: Jesus Christ, the restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and the priesthood

    Four Winds—the scriptures, which show us which way to go to return to Heavenly Father

    Sunbeam—the glorious love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

    Beautiful Star—becoming beautiful in mind and spirit by living the gospel and developing talents

    Eight-Pointed Star—the covenants we make at baptism

    Friendship Star—our love for others, which grows as we live the gospel

    Joseph’s Coat—preparing for the priesthood, which was restored through Joseph Smith, a descendant of Joseph in the Old Testament

    Love Ring—preparing to receive temple covenants someday

    Country Hearts—Primary teachers, who love and teach children to choose the right

    Rising Sun—praising the Lord by singing Primary songs from morning till night.

    Jack in the Pulpit—giving talks and sharing testimonies in Primary

    Jacob’s Ladder—learning the gospel one step at a time

    Hands All around the Block—learning to serve others

    Tree of Life—our faith in Heavenly Father, which grows as we keep the commandments

    Steps to the Altar—being worthy for temple blessings

    King’s Crown—being worthy to be ordained to the priesthood

    Hands with Hearts—building God’s kingdom with willing hearts and helping hands

    Primary quilt, top
    Primary quilt, bottom

    Photograph by Craig Dimond