Sep 14, 2010

Kindergarten Hand Print Quilt

Brag alert! I was organizing my room and came across a long-lost photo of a quilt I made with my son’s kinder class. (He just entered high school, to put a time reference on this.)

For this project, each kinder got their own white panel of cotton fabric, which was taped to a piece of cardboard. They had help in tracing their hand with a fabric marker and writing their name on it below. To add a bit more color, each student was allowed to spray their fabric with some push-pump fabric dye that I found at Jo-Ann’s.


When the fabric was dry, I washed and ironed each panel to set the colors. I worked out a sewing plan as I went along, coordinating a colored edge around each panel, creating rows and then a border around the entire quilt. A bit of the edge is missing from this photo as the corners each had a yellow square in the center of a dark green square.

I recall that machine-quilting the front to a cotton back was not easy on my home machine, but it worked out in the end. I loved the finished quilt, and believe that it sold for about $350 at our school’s silent auction.
Not bad for ten years ago!

5 comments:

Elizabeth Akins, RDH, BS said...

What a great idea!

Laura Ludwig Hamor said...

Fabulous!!Love it!

Auguste HIll said...

This quilt brings back fond memories of making my first quilt with my Grandmother out of old scraps she had lying around. I was 10 at the time and will always remember the time she took to show me how to sew that quilt!

Thanks,

auguste hill

WildHair said...

Oh man I love it! about 6 years ago I started babysitting for another mom while she went to work as a nurse. Her children are a lot older than mine, the older ones anyway, our younger ones we had together, well one day I was trying to do something with her boys at her house, their favorite activity involved hammers and walls and I was trying to help them find something new. Well, I sat down and traced each one of their hands and labeled their names and ages in my notebook. I was trying to think of a way to make a family quilt for them with it as there were8 children to begin with, so thats 16 hands. Part of my problem is now there are younger children, she stopped at 10 and I don't know how to deal with them being left out. Do I give it to the oldest or youngest at the time, or what? I guess I could give it to the mom but her things are locked in her room and not enjoyed by the family like a quilt like this should be.
Anyhow, thanks for the inspiration!

pastelliste said...

Thank you for this beautiful painting