Meet "Stripey," a quilt made by a community for a special girl in our midst.
You can read here about how I gathered blocks from students all over our school district (and sewed them up with them). It was a whirlwind day but it was so rewarding! Sewing them together on my own time was also very therapeutic (mindless sewing and pressing), and with just the stipulation that the blocks would alternate directions, the quilt pretty much laid itself out on its own.
The kids (grades K-8) came up with some awesome color combinations!
Armed with all of the love from this giving community, I went home and stitched all-over with my free motion foot in a woodgrain motif. This quilt is pretty large (around 60" x 70") so it took some effort on the part of my arms! At least I didn't have to lift at the gym that week :D (is it only me who uses that as an excuse sometimes? Okay, probably).
Pretty purple Aurifil thread (50 weight, #2582). I bought it for another project but I HAD to use it for this!
This would be a GREAT project for a class or group of kids who are interested in making a quilt for someone, with the help of an experienced sewist. :) If you'd like to try it, read my first post and let me know if you have any questions!
I've been told that this quilt is bringing cheer as intended. Nothing makes me happier than to see kids get excited about sewing/quilting, and to bring some extra happiness to someone's life. All in all, it was seriously humbling to work with the kids on this project... it brought a little extra joy to my life, too. :) Tearing up over here just thinking about it. Thank goodness for sewing.
This project and my time were generously sponsored by the Lopatcong Township PTA and the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission (thank you for your trust in me!).