|School Raffle Quilt On the Design Wall|
|Peeling Away the Cellophane Backing After Printing|
After peeling off the backing, the fabric sheets had to be soaked in distilled water for 10 minutes to rinse away any excess printer ink. To speed this process along, I grouped my fabric sheets according to their predominate color and soaked several sheets at a time.
|Soaking in Distilled Water to Remove Excess Printer Ink|
|Batiks from the Stash for Framing|
|Framing Artwork Blocks with 1 1/2" CW Batik Strips|
|14 Down, 8 Remaining!|
Regardless, I'm looking forward to the machine quilting phase. I'll stitch in the ditch with monofilament between blocks and in the frame seams, but then I'm planning to do some free motion quilting fills within the blocks themselves if time permits. Finally, I'll bring the quilt to school once it's quilted so the students can sign their blocks with Pigma Micron acid-free permanent archival fabric pens. Maybe they can even do a little surface embellishment with beading or embroidery. I know for a fact that they all learned to do some basic embroidery stitches in a different project from last year's art class. Gotta love a school art teacher who teaches my sons embroidery! :-)
I'm linking up with Lee's WIP (Works In Progress) Wednesday linky party over at Freshly Pieced as well as Esther's WOW (WIPs on Wednesday), and then I'm getting back to work!
What a fun quilt! The fifth graders should be very proud of themselves, as should you!
I love this project. I was a "homeroom" mom for many years and a few of those years the kids were in private school where each class had to come up with and art project to auction at the major fundraiser every year. I would be copying you right now if I were still in that part of my life...love it! I would be a great piece of are for a hospital pediatric wing!
Wow! Best looking student quilt I've ever seen, and I'm a retired teacher! I love your idea of staggering--I know just what you mean about the "harsh grid effect". It's stunning with the children's art and the batiks. I predict you'll have parents buying raffle tickets by the dozen. Ka-ching!
It is looking fabulous!
This is looking fantastic! It really showcases the kids' artwork...I'm sure they will be thrilled when you show them what you've done.
This is going to be a great quilt! I can't wait to see what quilting motifs you use to enhance the students' work!!
WOW! that is so awesome. The kids will love it when they see it all put together.I bet it makes a lot of money.
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