May 04

Orange Peel Quilt in Red, Green, and Kona Snow (138)

I know, it has been a long time, but I have good reasons why I haven’t been posting finished quilts lately.

1)  I moved.

2) I’ve been frantically making Teacher Quilts in time for Teacher Appreciation Week (which is next week at my kids’ school).

Without further ado, here is teacher appreciation quilt #1:





I made this quilt using the same “Orange Peel” style that I used in this quilt:

orange peel quilt top


Here is a closer look of the teacher quilt.



These eclipse-like shapes were machine appliqued onto the background squares.  As you can see, I used a variety of reds and greens for this quilt.  When I asked the teacher how she liked to decorate her house, she said, “My house has a lot of dark red, greens, tans and creams in it.”  I hope she likes it!

The reason why I make these teacher quilts, though, is not for the colors or the quilt top, but for something that I put on the other side of the quilt.  I have all the kids trace their hands (or I trace them) and then they sign their names in their hand print.  The teachers love this part, as it gives them a forever reminder of the kids, their size, and their love.



I know it is a small image, but you get the idea.  This teacher teaches two classes, so even though my kid is only in one of her classes, I felt obligated to get both classes to sign it.  🙂  Thus, the large number of hand prints on the quilt.

I had a hard time deciding which color thread to do the quilting, so I ended up doing a cream color.  I think it worked out in the end.  I did not quilt this one as densely as my last orange peel quilts.  I echoed the block stitch lines, and then added a line vertically and horizontally crossing the midpoint of each block.




I think this gave the quilt the uniformity I was looking for, without having the thread break up the solid colors too much.



We’ll give the quilt this week during the last 10 minutes of class.  I can’t wait to see the look on her face, and the look on the student’s faces as they search for their hand prints.

This quilt measures 57 x 80 inches after washing.

Thanks for stopping by!

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