Thursday, May 29, 2014

Teachers Touch Hearts

Well, this is that quilt that, as one commenter put it, I was "volun-told" to do :)  It is a gift for a retiring school teacher, one of my mom's co-workers.  See, I agreed to bind a quilt.  Turns out that certain non-quilters may not actually know what binding means and may in fact assume it's the same as make a quilt.


This quilt contains the hand prints of (59) 5th graders.  The 60th block got a quote and thank-you message. 

(ETA: several people have asked what the paint used was. I didn't buy it, but was told it came from WalMart and is called "shiny acrylic".  I heat set it thoroughly with a hot iron.)


I quilted the quilt with a wide stipple, avoiding running over the paint hand prints.  (I'm not including too many closeups because blurring out 59 names was not how I wanted to spend my evening.)


Although I wasn't initially excited about doing this quilt, I am proud of how it came out and happy that it's going to a worthy cause.  I was surprised by how soft the paint hand prints are after a good wash and impressed that none of them ran or bled.


The backing is a pretty blue paisley and the binding is striped.  The quilt finished at 60"x72", a generous couch size.  So, at the end of the day, a pretty quilt goes to a good home and everyone's happy. 


Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

9 comments:

  1. I love it! What kind of paint did you use? Acrylics?

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  3. You went along with it and have made something very cute and very special for the lucky recipient. Great job! I also would like to know what kind of paint you used.

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  4. After doing a handprint quilt last year, I know the trials associated and I only had about 20 handprints. You did have older children doing their handprints, but making interest is tough. You did a great job making the quilt have interest and beauty beyond the obvious sentimental value of the handprints,

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  5. I've been voluntold about a few things over the years, too, so I have to compliment you on doing such a wonderful job on this. The handprints really are a cute idea, and you know the teacher is going to treasure this forever!

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  6. This quilt is fabulous. I work in a small charter high school, and our students are precious. I know this quilt will be cherished forever! !!

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  7. Very creative. I know a lot of love went into it and the quilt will make fond memories for the teacher.

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  8. What a sweet,thoughtful quilt!! I am sure it will mean a lot to the teacher as it is full of love!

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