Troop 62019 welcomes you to follow along on our GIRLtopia journey. The girls have identified 16 themes that are important to them as women and are researching the themes with respect to the past, present, and future. Our plan is to make a 16-block quilt that will be on display in the Killingworth library and then ultimately at the Parmelee Farm House once the Killingworth Historical Society makes that their permanent location. Each girl is assigned two themes and each adult leader has one theme. Each of us is designing our blocks with a personal interpretation of the theme. We plan to use the colors of beige, green, and a bit of red in each block along with whatever other color(s) each girl chooses. We hope that the beige background and green sashing will bring all of our blocks together. Some of the blocks will be pieced while others will be assembled via applique. Each girl will embellish with embroidery as desired. Doesn’t this sound exciting?
The leaders struggling to walk on the rocks.
The Squid by the fire.
Is that a Mrs. Walsh I see? If it is, she must be exhausted from a full day and night with us girls.
In all seriousness.
Adrienne in the river
We had a beautiful couple of days camping in the Riverton area. The girls did all the planning, packing, setting up, building/tending the fire, cooking, and cleaning up. Us three moms had our own site across from the girls. We went on a hike, had a campfire, a somewhat decent night’s sleep and then the next day took a short walk along the Farmington River, then explored the historic Lighthouse village, and finally spent some time in the nature center before heading back home. Alice took the following pictures which I am hoping the girls will add to when they get a chance.
Diane took some phone shots . . . not very photographic but it does the job of documenting our trip.
Girl Scout Troop 62019 may have left our sewing machines unplugged and our quilting supplies stashed away, but we are still have all seven girls in our troop! Better yet, all seven girls have decided to pursue Gold. Each and every girl has completed the Initial Idea paperwork and been assigned a mentor. Here is a quick snapshot of what the girls are planning:
- Squid: a video and/or book to help HK middle school students transition to HK high school. She will leave the materials for the guidance department to use/update from year to year.
- Lindz: helping students develop self-esteem through an art program where the girls create self portraits.
- Kamam: a garden at St. Lawrence Church to encourage families to use the church properties. She would include plaques with the children’s virtues.
- As1898: a STEM day at the middle school to help younger children see the joy in activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Youkilis: promoting the planting of honey-bee friendly plants and educating people about the need to help the honeybee. She is hoping to connect her project to Parmelee Farm.
- fscsoccer girl: working with the parks and recreation department to build a frisbee golf course at KRP to encourage families to use the park.
- Penny525: creating a nature guide and other activities such as Fall/Spring BINGO to encourage families to use the Winkel Pond trail.
We are interested to hear from the public. Please take a minute to complete our GIRLtopia Survey. The survey is only 7 questions, two of which are your gender and your age bracket. You may answer as few or as many questions as you are willing. Thank you in advance from Troop 62019.
Tonight marked the first all-service unit Court of Awards I am aware of in the past decade and it was fantastic. Seeing the excited Daisy Scouts on the way in made us wonder if our girls could possibly have been so small. All of the troops from Daisy on up to us Seniors did a fantastic job presenting . . . no fear of microphones in this service unit. The girls in Troop 62019 earned a whimsical Sewing patch, the Global Action award, and most importantly, the GIRLtopia Senior Visionary Leadership award. Here are just a few photos from the evening.
Here are photos of our awards:
The following paragraphs summarize the project and a description of each block’s meaning.
~ GIRLtopia Journey ~
Girl Scout Troop 62019
August 2012-June 2013
This quilt was designed and sewn by the seven Senior Girl Scout members of Troop 62019: Sydney, Lindsay N, Adrienne, Katherine, Megan, Annelise, and Lindsay W. The multi-step project, which took 10 months to complete, was part of the troop’s Senior GIRLtopia Journey. The Girl Scouts of America define this Journey as, “a chance to imagine a perfect world for girls…by creating their vision as an art project… (and) making their vision a reality.”
The members of our troop worked together to create a Journey project which focused on the following: identifying and addressing significant issues which affect the quality of life for girls and women around the world; educating others about these issues; promoting a greater awareness of the core themes identified; and demonstrating each troop member’s unique vision of a better world for girls and women.
The themes for the 16 quilt squares were identified through a survey which was aimed at exploring the issues and realities which have affected women in the past and present world. Additionally, troop members were encouraged to envision how these issues may change for women in the future. Each troop member chose two themes which meant the most to them and then designed quilt blocks to represent their subject. The troop members worked together along with troop co-leaders, Diane and Alice, parent volunteer Cherie, and in consultation with local artist and nationally recognized quilter, Sandra Smith.
Our hope is that this quilt project will serve to educate and inspire others to envision and promote a bright future for all girls and women. For more information, please read the other posts in our blog at, http://gs62019.wordpress.com.
Independence and Individuality
14 million girls under the age of 18 marry each year:
- 1,166,666 a month
- 269,230 a week
- 38,461 a day
- 27 every minute
- One every two seconds
My quilt block shows the silhouette of a woman with a sunset behind her. This image represents a woman’s independence and individuality. A woman can be anything she wants to be. A woman can be on top of the world if she sets her mind to it. In the United States, a woman is no longer expected to marry; she can support herself and live on her own. Every woman is unique and strong and all women worldwide should have the right to independence. Sadly, in some countries, young children are forced into marriage.
by Lindsay N
- Two thirds of the 774 million adult illiterates worldwide are women.
- 72 million children of primary school age are not attending school, out of which over 39 million (or 54%) are girls.
Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics produced by the United Nations
I chose to represent education with a traditional schoolhouse. In early America, children of all ages were taught in a single room. The majority of students were boys as only the wealthier girls could attend school. Boys typically went to school until age 12, after which they either learned a trade or helped on the family farm. A girl practiced cooking and sewing at home in preparation for marriage. Nowadays, American males and females have equal educational rights.
Unity and Togetherness
The United Nations has four main goals:
- to keep peace throughout the world;
- to develop friendly relations among nations;
- to help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
- To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
I chose to create a ring of people holding hands to show unity. Each person is a different color fabric to show that everybody is different but we can still come together as a group to accomplish anything we set our minds to. I used purple thread around all of the people to further unite them. I decided to place this ring of people around the earth to show if people try hard enough, we can unite men and women around the world.
Different forms of physical violence against women is a universal phenomenon—physical, sexual, psychological and economic—both within and outside their homes. Rates of women experiencing physical violence at least once in their lifetime vary from several per cent to over 59 per cent depending on where they live.
Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics produced by the United Nations
In my research, I discovered how many women and children in the world are not respected or safe. Over 25% of women will be abused in their lifetime. Some women in different areas of the world live in garbage dumps, abandoned, in a disease-filled environment. This quilt block represents how women deserve to be safe and sheltered. My concept shows a girl sitting happily on a swing under a big tree, protected from the storm.
Kindness, Forgiveness, and Honesty
Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912. Our GIRLtopia survey results indicate that girls of today embrace the same values as the Girl Scout Law: I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
The grandfather clock represents “Time waits for no one,” I truly think this saying means don’t wait too long to forgive someone. If you are honest, kind, and forgiving, you will get further than being selfish. To be able to forgive you need to know the difference between making a mistake and actually intending to hurt someone. In the heat of the moment, something may seem really huge but in actuality, it’s not that big. I added two significant dates for girls: Girl Scouts was founded in 1912; Title IX was passed in 1972.
by Sydney and Lindsay W
Religion is one of the most multifaceted elements of human life. It inspires billions and holds the potential to bring people together.
We modeled this block after the COEXIST movement. The word “coexist” is important to show respect for all humans, no matter their religion, race or sex. This block not only represents respect for all humans but it can be taken further to mean respect for our world as a whole.
On average, there are 6,200 happy couples that get married each day in the United States. This shows the commitment women have to their relationships.
Love is always perceived as something tremendously grand. It always seems to have a flashy showcase, something that is complicated and confusing. For this block, however, I wanted to show love in a simpler way. The two hearts in the background suggest the eternal love the two figures have for each other. This block shows what kind of love a woman of today holds and dreams of having. A woman loves her family and surrounds herself with people she cares about.
Since 1901, more than 90 Nobel Peace prizes have been given out in America. These prizes represent the people who have done the most/best work for fraternity between nations.
There are many symbols of peace that I could have chosen. In the church, in nonviolent marches, in designs, and on our hands, there are many symbols that show signs of peace. Any one of these suited my block. In the end, I chose the dove as the simplest way to portray peace. The dove originally represented peace of the soul but has transformed to represent civil peace. The dove in the block carries an olive branch, a symbol of peace derived from the customs of Ancient Greece.
Shelter and Home Life
There are an estimated 100 million children living in the streets in the world today. Children living on the streets are especially vulnerable to victimization, exploitation, and the abuse of their civil and economic rights.
I decided to create a storybook gingerbread house inside of a heart to represent the dream house of every girl. All children deserve shelter from the elements as well as a happy home. The heart symbolizes how a loving, positive home environment is necessary for every child’s well-being. Unfortunately, many children in our country and around the world are lacking both shelter and a proper environment.
All of us need other people in order to be well and thrive. We feel better just being around other people. And we need close relationships in order to be happy.
This block is based on Killingworth’s own historical artist and author Ruth Warner Robinson as a child. The Robinson family lived in what is known as the “Country Squire” and Ruth attended school at the one-room school house. She is best known for her colorful farm scene paintings, charming sculptures of farm animals, and short stories about the simple pleasures of country life.
Having friends helps you live longer. In one nine-year study, people who had a greater number of friends cut their risk of death by more than 60%.
Friendship is represented here by a flower with many different colored petals. There are ten petals, symbolizing each girl in the troop and the three moms who guided the quilt making. The fabrics are different, just as we are all different. If you look closely, you can find the blocks from which the fabrics were selected. The yellow in the middle unifies us, just as Girl Scouts unifies us. The flower is reminiscent of a Daisy, the rank from which the girls began their Girl Scout journey a decade ago!
by Lindsay N
600,000−800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.
Source: U.S. Department of State, 2004, Trafficking in Persons Report, Washington, D.C.
My block represents freedom and is a traditional pattern from the Underground Railroad when African-American slaves escaped Southern plantations. The quilt codes communicated messages and identified places of refuge. Slaves endured both physical and mental abuse yet were brave and unable to complain. They put their minds together and were courageous. We should never take anything for granted and always be thankful and happy for what we have. I envision a world where all people have freedom.
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
“Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s using the possibility of your demise and doing your work anyway.” This quote is attributed to many people, including Victor Hugo, in various forms. I chose the Chinese symbol for courage to represent the quote.
Careers and Hobbies
- Only 13 of the 500 largest corporations in the world have a female Chief Executive Officer.
- Women spend at least twice as much time as men on domestic work, and when all work—paid and unpaid—is considered, women work longer hours than men do.
Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, produced by the United Nations
This block shows the evolution of women’s careers and hobbies from knitting to aviation. In early Killingworth, women knit to create necessary clothing and blankets; women performed “male” chores only for survival. Harriet Quimby was the first female pilot licensed in the United States and the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel. Although women have been pilots for many decades, up until about 10 years ago, U.S. women were not permitted to fly military combat missions. My wish is for all women to have the right to choose a career/hobby.
by Lindsay W
Only four women have served as Supreme Court justices since Sandra Day O’Connor’s pathbreaking arrival on the bench three decades ago.
I made this block because all of us will face unfair and unjust events and decisions in our lives. One of the most representative objects of this idea is the justice scale, originally held by the hand of Lady Justice. Since our project revolves around the GIRLtopia theme, I included the symbol for male and female on each side of the scale. I think the scale should be balanced; after all, isn’t equality what is just?
Scientists estimate up to 20 percent of global carbon emissions come from deforestation—greater than emissions from every car, truck and plane on the planet combined.
The leaves on the tree start with green and darken to brown from left to right, growing sparser from green to brown. The grass of the hill follows the same pattern. The left side represents our ideal world while the right side predicts where our world will end up in the future unless we act now. Presently, I believe we are somewhere in the middle of the tree, and which side we will travel to depends solely on our decisions.
The girls quilted enough of the main body that it was safe to attach the binding. No girls in the photos today. Just the steps to document our binding process. Good news! All seven girls are participating in the Gold webinar on Tuesday which means they are considering going for the Gold! During our quilting bee on Sunday, the girls were kicking around some project ideas and they all sound like viable projects. I can’t spill the beans at this point . . . but perhaps this GIRLtopia journey will make way for documenting the Gold journey next year! Ok, here are the pix.
The girls decided to meet one more time as a group and try this quilting bee thing. They moved to a smaller table and worked along the outside edge. Although we had only agreed to meet for a final hour, four of the girls stayed for over two hours to finish off quilting their blocks. The girls are proud of their quilt and most commented that they enjoyed working on it. The future: next week is a Court of Awards; the week after is a pool party to celebrate their accomplishments. After that, the girls are on their way to Gold! As usual, great job girls!
If the Colonial women could have joined us today, they may have been a little shocked by the short shorts and the two girls in bikinis! (Well . . . it was a hot one today.) We told the girls about the history of the quilting bee, distributed thimbles, and taught them how to bury their knots and rock the needle. The girls are working on quilting around the outside of their blocks. Here is what a Girl Scout Troop 62019 Quilting Bee looks like:
I was quite relieved to leave the quilt top behind when I left the home of FSCsoccergirl and Mrs. Toe-mom! I have four cats, two dogs, a Russian tortoise, a bearded dragon, and a crested gecko. While the latter 3 are contained, anyone who owns dogs and cats understands that accidents and vomited hairballs are just a fact of life . . . not something I wanted for this beautiful creation!
Leaving it behind had the added bonus that FSCsoccergirl and Mrs. Toe-mom put the quilt together into a quilt sandwich: batting spray-mounted onto the backing and then the top spray-mounted onto the batting. They worked as a team using large basting stitches all around to hold it together temporarily until the girls can quilt it.
Tomorrow, the girls will bring their quilting needles presented to them by Sandy Smith (local quilter/artist) at one of our early meetings. We will bring the quilt, hand-quilting thread, extra quilting needles, scissors, thimbles, and PATIENCE as we teach the girls how to “rock the needle.” (We are a no-hoop troop!) Maybe I should bring band-aids?
Thank you FSCsoccer girl and Mrs. Toe-mom. I can’t wait to see the sandwich in person.
We had a small group gather to piece the top together, and we couldn’t be more proud of the girls. (I will probably express the exact sentiment after they quilt it next month . . . and I will mean it just as much.) We never dreamed the top would look this fabulous. Seven girls with minimal sewing experience, and different ideas, plus three moms, all came together to create something quite beautiful. Here’s what happened:
- Mrs. T programmed her fancy machine to add TheSquid’s desired quote: ”TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE” on the Forgiveness block.
- Live and learn! One or two of the blocks were a tad short of the 12.5×12.5 inches unfinished size. Therefore we trimmed the majority down to 12×12 inches. However, one block (the schoolhouse) was still a bit short horizontally, so we added a muslin strip on one side. We also added a blue button as the doorknob because we found it in our supplies. Why not?
- The rows were distributed and the green strips were added in-between each block and the seams pressed.
- The rows were then sewn together and of course the seams pressed.
- Next, we divvied up the work: one sewed green strips together with the red blocks, one pressed, and one sewed on the sashing between each row of blocks.
- We carried this method into adding the outside borders.
- Finally, we used the leftover green, to make binding strips for the outside.
- Finally, we chose a backing fabric. While there was not a unanimous love for the fabric, we agreed that it has several benefits: it is historical looking; it blends with the reds and greens in the quilt; it will hide the imperfections of our quilting stitches; and no one will see it anyway!
At our next meeting, each girl will hand-quilt at least one of her blocks. The plan is to quilt around the outside of the square block and around the outside of the major designs in the block. Each girl has access to one of her blocks on the outside of the quilt. As for the inside blocks? Well, let’s see how it goes!
My blocks are done!