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.


Details:
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

6 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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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