Look, I made my first quilt - awesome!!
It was my kindergartener's teacher's first year teaching. I thought we needed to get her an extra-special end-of-the-year teacher gift. Then I read this great post on Kristen Duke Photography - her daughter's kindergarten teacher was a first year teacher as well, and Kristen gave a great tutorial on making a quilt (follow the link for the tutorial). I knew that's what I wanted to do!
I didn't mind the task of sewing, but collecting the handprints, money, etc, sounded like a big task. Luckily several other of the moms were on board and were SuperStars in getting the handprints. We asked each family to chip in a few dollars, and the collection covered all the cost.
I absolutely LOVE this fabric - - very fun and kindergarteny, yet it's apples, so that sticks with the whole "teacher" theme. The green fabric coordinates with the apple fabric. I made my own blanket binding (large bias tape) using the tutorial at MADE.
I sewed on a square to the back that I had embroidered with a note, the school (whited out in the pictures - but it's there in real life), and the year:
The kids seemed really excited to present it to their teacher - it was picnic lunch day and parents were invited to come, so it was a perfect time:
And since I was there, I snapped a quick picture of my daughter with her teacher - - it was a great year!