Friday, December 9, 2011

Self Portraits Quilt

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.                                                                                                

 linking up to Fabric Tuesday


  1. It looks really, really good, Renae! What a wonderful gift for a teacher. She'll love it!

  2. Which square is Bridgette's? It is a really cute quilt. Mom

  3. You didn't tell about the starfish backing...

  4. this is an awesome quilt! Lots of great memories. I made one for my son's 3rd grade teacher a couple of years back and everyone loved it.

  5. Fantastic quilt Renae! It looks awesome, I'm always impressed with what you can do.

  6. I've always loved that story. Super special quilt. Josh's 6th grade class quilt project is still hanging up in the school. These thoughtful projects mean the world.



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