I enjoy teaching others how to make things, and over the past few years I have been teaching local elementary students how to quilt.
The rail fence quilt was the first quilt we made as a fundraising effort. All of the fabric was donated by families of students at the school, and I had each student sew the blocks in a quilt-as-you-go fashion. It was a fantastic experience, and over $350 was added to the school's account to replace a failing sound system in the gym.
The first year of quilting with this school, we made a quilt for each class which has been on display in the long hallway leading to the gym. Each student and staff member drew onto a square of fabric which was then treated with hydrogen peroxide to run the colours in a tie-dyed effect. With the help of another parent, I assembled the quilts over the spring break. I returned to the school for round 2 of the quilt project where each student had the opportunity to stitch the layers together or to tie with embroidery floss.
This year the school was gifted some wolf themed fabric, including 2 panels. I wasn't sure which panel to use first (and I procrastinated the planning stage), so I decided to have each student make a half-square triangle block then I could determine a layout. I always had flying geese in mind, but I wasn't sure how it would fit around the central panel.
There was lots of great reasons to use HSTs, and some rather poor ones too...firstly the seam was about 5 inches which is big enough fabric pieces for everyone to hold, yet not so big that the sewing takes too long. Most students could stay close to the pre-drawn stitching line with coaching. The difficulties included starting the seam with those pesky points that like to be eaten by the feed dogs, and how to deal with not-so-straight seams that made rather wonky triangle squares.
I was trying to baste this quilt at my local quilting group last week, the keyword trying! I thought since it was a smallish quilt and that I had a single piece of fabric for the backing that I could just lay it on the tables and start basting. Needless to say I was chit-chatting while basting as well...and while I managed to get the top to lay flat without any major wrinkles, the back was a different story! Lesson to self: if I need to concentrate, I should probably not be hanging out with my friends :)
I love harmony between the wolves and the flying geese! I also love that the first names of everyone who worked on this quilt are so prominent in the overall design.
I chose this project as my OMG finish goal for March. Linking up today with all sorts of great parties! Why don't you join us? Let's Bee Social, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Fibre Tuesday
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!