After being inspired by the other participants in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, I decided to join! Here are pictures of the Walnut Dye Quilt completed early this year.
Precut squares were hand-dyed in walnut dye by the third grade. I helped each child align the squares and sew them together. Every child in the class participated. Sometimes they had to go back over seams with smaller stitches. It was great fine motor practice!
The backing was a plain sheet tied up and tossed in the walnut bath.
I was learning to free-motion quilt at the time. I actually became more comfortable with free-motion than using my walking foot! I decided to echo-quilt around the dye patterns, saving a "bubble-free" square in the center for a special message:
Because of the drab colors, I made a scrappy, cheery binding and blind-stitched it on.
The quilt measured about 60x60 when complete and was donated to our school's charity silent auction. A third-grade parent bought the quilt for over $700! It's lovely to know my work paid off in such a powerful way!
I loved working with this quilt, not only in teaching young sewers to piece but also in allowing the fabric to dictate the quilting. When I finished the quilt, it was really the second piece I'd done on machine. I'm still a relatively new quilter, so this one was a milestone for me!
Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check out the other inspiring quilts in the Festival!