Whether it’s wearing a wispy cloud shawl or a jaunty funnel-shaped cloud cap, the sight of Mt. Rainier never ceases to impress its admirers.
Equally impressive is the quilt project underway at Pioneer Middle School at DuPont that features the mountain. The project is the latest addition to the ever-expanding collection of mountain-inspired artwork.
Although the imposing mountain vista has been captured in a variety of mediums over the years: from coins to photographs, none compares with the work in progress in one classroom inside the new building.
Students in Linda Petersen’s class are creating a quilt‚Äîa work of art destined to become part of the school’s history. The quilt depicts both the original Pioneer Middle School (once known as Steilacoom Grade School) and the new Pioneer Middle School.
Past and present school buildings are shown against a colorful landscape of wildlife, flowers and mountain. A path, peopled by figures representing students from pioneer days to the 21st century, links the design.
Progress on the quilt is unhurried since students are only able to focus on the project once they’ve completed their class work, Petersen explains. Each day, though, the fabric masterpiece advances toward completion. No needles are required for this quilt. By using “wonda-under” a sewing material that enables quilt sections to be assembled on an ironing board, the puzzle-like sections are ironed onto the quilt cover. Petersen, an accomplished quilter, won the Grand Prize for her quilt at the 2002 Western Washington Fair.
“Stop by to see tour work in progress,” invites Mrs. Petersen.
“Visitors are welcome to add pieces to the quilt, too,” she adds.
The Pioneer Quilt is the latest addition to a community quilt collection that includes: the 1976 bicentennial quilt that hangs in Steilacoom Town Hall, the 150th history quilt created in by Saltar’s Point Elementary students , Cherrydale’s 2nd grade “Mrs. Orr’s Pear Tree quilt” that’s displayed at the historic Orr Home.