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(click to view larger) Primary quilt, bottom(click to view larger)

Photograph by Craig Dimond