Again, this teacher, the English Teacher in my daughter’s Dual Immersion Duo, is just a fantastically chic lady, and I had to find an equally chic quilt design for the quilt I would make her.
I made this quilt about 3 columns wider than the original, and also about 15 inches longer, so that it would be approximately the same size as the fire drill quilt.
I never did get a clear answer of the colors that this teacher likes, except that she told her students that she liked blue and green. So, I took the liberty to design this quilt around colors that I thought were pretty cool.
While I love the look of this quilt, I will be honest in saying that it was a beast to make, and I won’t be making it again any time soon. It ate up a lot of fabric, and a lot of the scraps that came from it were just too small to be used. But, I am glad I made it. It was worth the experience.
I used a fabric designed by Vanessa Christensen for the back. The quilting utilizes the same design that Elizabeth used in the original, a free motion zigzag type pattern.
There are also about 60 hand prints on the back of this quilt.
This quilt is also approximately 60 or so inches by 75 or so inches. Thank you for stopping by!
I received Elizabeth Hartman’s “Modern Patchwork” as a gift, and immediately fell in love with her Fire Drill Quilt. I knew that I needed to make this quilt for one of my kid’s teachers.
One of my children started a Dual Language Immersion program, and so had two teachers this year. Both teachers are first year teachers, and are therefore younger than me, and more “hip” than I could wish to be. So, it only makes sense that I make a quilt using a youthful hip design(er) to help me.
The English teacher told us that the Language teacher’s favorite color combination is yellow and gray. Thus the inspiration for this quilt’s colors.
I liked Elizabeth’s quilting that she used for her quilt, I believe somewhere out there it is called “dogwood” but I forget who exactly came up with the name. Only, I wanted to make mine have just the “petals” only, without the interconnecting “stems” of the quilting design. So, I drew a grid on my quilt using washable fabric marker (Mark-B-Gone)…
Then, I began to sew curves from corner to corner. The picture I show here is not the perfect example, but you can get the main idea.
I even had to draw the grid off of the quilt top onto the surrounding batting to make sure the scallop curves were as uniform as possible as the quilting came off the edge.
The grid I drew made 3 inch by 3 inch squares. Honestly, if I were to do it again, I would make the squares smaller, maybe 2.5 inches. But, I like the effect. This is how I did the free motion quilting. I first free motion quilted a scalloped line, using the grid as my guide:
Then, I quilt another scalloped line, creating petal shapes with Line 1:
Another scallop shape is added below:
And finally the last line is added to complete these two rows of petal shaped quilting:
Repeat this a lot, and your quilt will be quilted with a wonderfully uniform scalloped petal look.
I have briefly drawn other alternatives to the quilting using this free motion scallop method:
The end result of the quilting on this Yellow and Gray Fire Drill quilt can be seen here:
Teacher Appreciate day is coming up in May, so I am excited to give this to the teacher. This quilt ended up being about 60 inches by 78 inches. I added a few more rows to my quilt than was in the quilt pattern, making mine a little longer than the one in the book. Here is the back:
Since the teacher had two classes, I had to fit approximately 60 hand prints onto the back of this quilt. Thank goodness I had other room moms to help me!!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are able to experiment with some scallop quilting of your own!
I have been rather quiet on the blog, but the sewing machine has been humming as usual. I wanted to get the most recent quilts finished before I took time to blog.
I have been working on Teacher Quilts. I have thought a lot about why I do teacher quilts lately, and I have figured out what it is. I like giving quilts away. Also, I like trying out ideas that I see either in a book or online. As long as I can find a design that I think the teacher will appreciate and I have wanted to try out, then it is a win-win. I get to make the quilt I have always wanted to make, and she gets a quilt to remember her students.
Some people might wonder why I do a double sided quilt, with the kid signatures on one side and a quilt pattern on the other. My mother in law is a 6th grade teacher, and she actually has received a few quilts from students and their moms in the past. She uses them, when family comes over and extra blankets are needed. But I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to have a teacher quilt that didn’t LOOK like a teacher quilt. One where they kids were still a big part of it, but not the only part. So, I hope people don’t get offended when only one side celebrates the children, but that is how I make my teacher quilts.
The teacher who will receives this quit is an adorable single lady with kids and grandchildren. She loves history, and all things pioneer. I knew I wanted to do a more traditional quilt for her. I was debating whether or not to do a churn dash–I think either way would have been fine–but I opted to do the hour glass block for this quilt.
I heard that she likes forest green and dark natural colors. She liked navy blue, but only because it is the color of her favorite college, not because she decorates with it. This is not the color palette I normally work with, so I decided to be safe and go with a monochromatic quilt using brown and beige.
I wanted the students to be a part of this quilt, so I used the back to showcase their hand prints with their names written inside.
The students traced their hands and wrote their names inside.
This quilt is a full size quilt, 72 by 86. I hope this wonderful little lady with feel through this quilt our love and gratitude for her.
*Reminder: Shorten your stitch length on your machine to allow more stitches per inch. This makes it much easier to rip the paper from the fabric when the seams are more perforated.
Patch 1, 4, and 5 use the background fabric.
Patch 2 and 3 use the focus fabric.
Cut out the paper piecing block.
First, glue (using lapel stick or glue stick) patch 1 fabric to the back of the paper, making sure to have enough fabric for 1/4 inch seam on all sides.
Place the fabric for patch 2 over the area to make sure you have 1/4 inch of fabric overlay on all sides. Now, align fabric 2 over fabric 1, right sides together. Sew fabric for patch 2 to back of the paper using the line in the front as your guide. You can now cut of any excess fabric at this seam (anything more than 1/4 inch). Press with hot iron, making sure again that the fabric hangs over 1/4 inch on all sides of the patch.
Sew patches 3, then 4, then 5, always making sure to allow enough fabric for 1/4 inch seam on all sides, and cut off any excess. Press.
The dotted lines show the final size of the quilt block.
The block should measure 9 inches by 6 inches when complete, but before sewn to other blocks. Each block ends up a final 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
If you do use this block in a quilt, I would love to see it. Please also refer to this post so that others can know where to find the paper piecing pattern you used.
A year ago, I made a baby dresden wedge quilt for the EZ Dresden Quilt Challenge. The part of the challenge I chose to do was to try using the wedge in a new way. I even made a tutorial. I have always loved scrappy quilts, and I have admired scrap quilts that utilize value to create patterns in the quilt. So, when I had enough random scraps around, I decided to start a scrappy version of that quilt. Two-hundred and fifty-two blocks later, this is the final product!
I tried to use the values of the fabrics to create the overall design. The center wedges were of darker value fabrics, and the outer pieces that form the diamonds were of lighter values.
This was the perfect way to use up a bunch of odd scraps.
I used a free motion quilting design that Elizabeth Hartman has used a lot on her quilt. It is kind of a free motion zig zag. I used a variegated purple thread on the front, and a white thread in the back.
I loved using this color for the back of the quilt. I don’t go to local quilt shops very often, but when I do, I pretty much just pick from their clearance section. This was a clearance section find. It is called “Modern Monet.”
I had a lot of extra dark valued wedges left over so I made a dresden plate for the back, just like on my original Dresden Wedge Quilt. I love that it adds a little something fun to an otherwise boring back.