Wednesday, April 9, 2008

They really are a handful!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's school, so a couple months ago I had the idea of making a quilt for his teacher for the occasion. His teacher is a quilter, which made me think that she would really appreciate it, but also intimidated me b/c I'm sure her abilities are far above my novice level skills. I discussed the idea with the room mother, and she was totally on board! I wanted to do something with handprints and using the term "handful" b/c they are a challenging class, but didn't want to do painted handprints, so I had the idea of making appliques of their hands and even embroidered their names in their own handwriting.

Here is the final product:

I took it in on Monday and she really loved it! The kids were also very excited to find their names and handprints on it! It was really a lot of fun to make and I learned a lot in the process, including that I am addicted to quilting (not a word, Sara!) now I have many, many more in the planning stages as well as two child size ones in progress for the Relay for Life in May!


Sara said...

SOOOO cute ... it turned out really great, suz. great job!!!

Kathy said...

I saw this and couldn't believe it! I had this idea for the woman who watches my kids and your picture just firmed up that I need to do it. Thank you very much for sharing.

I was thinking that I would have each child trace their hand on a piece of paper and use that as the outline. As she watches kids in ages from 1 through 11, I can't do the name ebroidery that you did for all the kids. Would you mind sharing the size blocks that you used for the hands? Thanks so much!