Each summer, all new CSB students' families are sent a plain, muslin quilt block to design for their daughter. The instructions for this project are below.
This is not a mandatory project, but we ask that you please make a solid attempt to decorate the square and return it to us. This unique quilt project is an important part of how we welcome new students each school year. Once decorated, the squares are assembled into large panels and displayed throughout the school year in the Haehn Campus Center. This is a tradition the entire campus eagerly anticipates, and nearly all of our new student families participate, which means approximately 500 squares.
Why create these quilt panels? The Annual Quilt Project is symbolic of our new students, a community of young women who come to Saint Ben's from many different areas, many different backgrounds, with many different talents and interests. All the quilt squares will be different, just like these students. And like the pieces of a quilt, beauty and functionality are based on our connections with each other -- it is through our connections with each other that we learn, explore, and grow.
The quilt square that you decorate is a way for your family to recognize how important your daughter is to you. It is also a way for her to know that although she is away from home, she is still very much connected to you, her family, as well as to the new world she explores at Saint Ben's.
Attempt to make your square a surprise (as much as possible). For identification please write your daughter's full name and address on the back of the square. (You daughter's name may appear on the front of the square, if you wish. That is your choice, based upon how her name fits into your design and how she might recognize the square.) Your daughter's quilt square will be returned to her when she returns to campus as a sophomore.
Thank you for your help, be creative and have fun!
Sample Quilt Squares from previous years