Time: Winter Quarter, 1958-1959
Place: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
Scenario: During this time in history, Biology majors, like myself (female), found little opportunity to teach what we loved, High School Biology. For the most part, the teachers hired to teach these classes were also coaches. Therefore, my adviser and head of the Zoology Department, Dr. Scruggs, suggested as many different science courses for my electives that could fit into my schedule so I would be qualified to teach a wide variety of High School science classes. This decision proved invaluable over my 36-year teaching career.
During my Freshmen Winter Quarter, I found myself in Geology 104. Although there was no term paper, a rock collection was required. The one you see on this quilt could well have been mine because we had to turn the collections into Dr. Chang in a partitioned box, each sample correctly labeled.
For this Material Mavens post, I found photos of rock samples on line and printed them onto fabric using the ink jet printer. The box was modeled after a “look through the window quilt pattern” for the depth dimension. The rock sample photos were then cut out and placed in the “box”. All the fabrics are fused onto the light background and then the quilting was done by stitching around and along the edge of all pieces.
The identification key: 1. Basalt 2. Anthracite Coal 3. Granite 4. Pumice 5. Diorite
6. Limestone 7. Conglomerate 8. Schist 9. Shale 10. Marble 11. Breccia 12. Flint 13. Halite (rock salt) 14. Quartzite 15. Sandstone 16. Chert 17. Gneiss 18. Hematite 19. Obsidian
Side note: This was the time frame when I met this handsome young man, Randy, that worked in Owl Drug Store with my roommate, Barbara.
Side note 2: Dr. Chang’s first language was Chinese so he spoke with a very heavy accent. It gave many of us guilty pleasure when Dr. Chang was describing the unique characteristics of the mineral, Schist (sample #8).