Mountain Heritage Center’s “Reading a Quilt” project available to schools

CULLOWHEE — Fourth-grade students across Western North Carolina will have an opportunity to learn the historic tradition of quilting this fall through a program created by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

The “Reading a Quilt” project consists of a traveling trunk that contains a full-size quilt, sampler blocks, storybooks, computer software and other quilt-related activities. Designed for fourth-grade classes studying North Carolina culture and history, the trunk is available to any public or private school for two- to four-week loans free of charge.

The project is funded for the next school year by the Asheville Quilt Guild, a group that promotes quilt history. The Mountain Heritage Center is already receiving requests from teachers across the U.S. due to a June article in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, a national publication.

To reserve the traveling trunk, or for more information, call Peter Koch at the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129.