A Quilt Is Built at Middle School


Showcasing their growing planning and tool use skills as well as pride in their school, eight students in the middle school’s Family and Consumer Science Club – Mia Castillo, Juli Chillemi, Meagan Diaz, Evie Orlando, Emma Sasso, Miranda Stockton, Kasey Turtell and Kim Turtell – worked tirelessly to complete an “East Islip Pride” T-shirt quilt, now on display in the school’s main lobby.

With help from FACS teacher Dani Shehada and paraprofessional Diane Doyle, the students used East Islip Redmen shirts to create a unique continuous quilt pattern.  Once the colors were chosen, the students were taught how to properly trace the shirts into 12x12 fabric squares and to cut them out accurately using fabric shears.  Then the students assembled the quilt by pinning all of the T-shirts together in the pattern they created. Each student took a part in sewing the quilt permanently on the sewing machine. In a final creative decision, the FACS Club members chose to add a thick black border around the quilt to finalize its look. 

“I love how the quilt came out,” said Orlando, a sixth-grader. “I can’t believe how professional it looks.

“Our East Islip Pride T-shirt quilt was a labor of love which took over four months to complete,” said Shehada. “Quilt making is a fun, creative and practical way to create something that you can have forever.”