Thursday, April 26, 2012

Little Hands...Finished!!!

I'm happy to say that this little cutie is finished!

Hand print Quilt for preschool teacher gift

I have to say that it turned out so adorable!

Hand Print Quilt

I had to take a picture under my favorite Rose Tree of China bush.  I like the way the flower petals dusted over the top of the quilt.

Bumblebee on Rose Tree of China Bush

While we were there, we had some little visitors--the cutest little fat bumblebees were collecting pollen on it.    Probably 5 or 6 of them.  Yes, this picture is doctored up, but I love how the brighter colors accentuate the little bee.  The colors on the bee are more true to life now, though.  I love that little bright orange stripe on his back!

Hand print quilt

Anyway, that little yellow hand on the right hand side of the quilt is so light that it's hard to see in the pictures.  It's the smallest handprint on the quilt and so cute.  It's sad that it's not quite as bright as the others.  Something to remember for next time!

Hand Print on Quilt

I've never made wonky blocks before, and so I didn't think about the fact that when I cut the blocks, it would be exposing the bias of the grey.  Even though I was being careful with them, I couldn't figure out why some blocks were starting to get slightly stretched (as I was unpicking seams), until I realized that they were on the bias.  Luckily, all went together well.

hand print quilt backing and binding

The binding and backing fabric are from Masquerade by Henry Glass.  The grey is Kona Coal.

hand print quilt

I LOVE the binding and how it pops against the grey.  I used it also around the red handprint.

hand print quilt, loopy quilting

I quilted in the ditch around the white block and then around the colored border of each block.  I quilted the grey in my looping quilting pattern.

This little quilt measures about 36" X 43."  Perfect for a little wall at the preschool, I think!

hand print quilt, little hands, loopy quilting detail

A bigger view of the quilting. 

hand print quilt, wonky blocks

I left the handprint blocks alone, and let them speak for themselves!

I have to add a note here and say that this quilt was NOT my idea.  My friend Rachelle wanted to make a quilt as a gift for her daughter's preschool teacher with all the kids' handprints on it.  

I happened upon her at our LQS and she told me what she was thinking about.  I offered to help her make it, since Rachelle doesn't sew.

We designed it and chose fabric together and then I pieced and quilted it.  I'm honored that she trusted me to work on this special quilt that she is giving to someone that means a lot to her.

I so enjoyed creating and finishing this little quilt.  I know that there's a lucky preschool teacher out there that's going to be so surprised and happy with such a special, meaningful gift!

And, on a final note,

I'm going to be adding a tab on my blog soon called 'Commissioned Quilts' or something to that affect.  I've done a few commissioned quilts and would like to start doing more, now that my little kids are starting to get older, and my second-to-youngest will be starting kindergarten in the fall.  

I'll be including this quilt as an example, although this quilt isn't a 'commission.'  But I thought it could maybe count as one because I made it for someone else with specifications requested by them.  (Does that make any sense?!)  

{If anyone would be interested in that sort of thing, feel free to email me:}

Linking To:

April Finishes

Crazy Mom Quilts



  1. I have hands and feet for most of my grandchildren and plan to do something similar...Nice layout!

  2. What a great quilt!! I love the grey with the bright colors. Just wonderful!

  3. Very Sweet! You did a great job!

  4. This can even involve the kids! Thank you for the inspiration. I love it!

  5. this is really got me thinking about adding some blocks like this with my kids handprints on it to a quilt i want to make for my husband who is deploying for a year this summer...what kind of paints did you use for the hands?

  6. That really is cute, and such a good gift idea for a grandma too!

  7. I love this! Great job! I love the cute layout, the bright colors, and how well the grey background sets it all off. Awesome quilting, too!

  8. This is a great idea! And wonderfully executed. This would make a great Mother's Day or Grandparents' Day gift too. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  9. Great Idea! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  10. What a neat idea and a wonderful memory to have!

  11. Just a wonderful memory quilt! Love the Kona so nice to work with and stitch on.

  12. Love your handprints quilt! I've just voted for you wallhanging. Good luck :-) Avis x

  13. What a wonderful gift! Well done to both of you.
    (I came in from TGIFF)

  14. That is a beautiful little quilt, and believe me, that preschool teacher will love it! You did a fabulous job! Whoop whoop!!

  15. Wow! What a clever and thoughtful gift! I love the bright colors and your quilting is beautiful! What did you use for the hand prints?

    Congratulations on a great finish and thank you for linking up!

    xo -E


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