Handprint Quilt – Teacher Gift

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:

She invited them all to come back and visit her year after year and compare their handprints to see how much they’ve gone – – so fun!!

And since I was there, I snapped a quick picture of my daughter with her teacher – – it was a great year!

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  1. says

    Best teacher gift ever! I was a teacher before staying home with my boys so I have to know where you found the apple fabric? It is amazing!!

  2. says

    What a fantastic idea! You did a great job. It seems like it will find a good home where it will be appreciated. Well done!

  3. says

    I would love to see this again at my link party. It will be a weekly link up Friday through Sunday. Hope to see you there. You can find the button for it on my blog now if you like.

  4. says

    Oh my gosh, that is the sweetest gift! I LOVE the fabric you chose too, the apples are perfect for teacher, but the colors are awesome! How sweet to have all of their handprints on it too! So sweet!


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