On Monday we're delivering this quilt to my daughter's 3rd grade teacher.
She knows it is coming--it was somewhat of a commissioned project.
She plans to hang it, as art, in her classroom near her "peace table".
I think she will be more than happy with it.
I know I am pleased with how it turned out. (These pics don't do it justice, but the lighting in my house stinks and it was all of 7 degrees outside when we took these.)
A big thanks to all the families who contributed so that I could have Emily's quilter quilt it for us. She did a fantastic job and included some stars into the stitching (to match the starfish backing). Much better quilting than I could've done.
Finished dimensions 63" square
Cut 3" sashing/border pieces
Cut 10" blocks for the portraits
Thrifted striped sheet for the binding
This shows the colors much better.
I can't wait 'til Monday. B. asked me if she could use the quilt until then. Hmmm.....maybe one time while watching T.V.
You can go here to get a little bit more info on the quilt and how it all came about.
I'm also including this quote/poem from Loren Eiseley
While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.