Saturday, April 23, 2011

I Just Couldn't Wait!


 I just couldn't wait to share with you some non-Margaret's Hope Chest related stuff....
My month (or two) has been consumed with creating unique student generated artwork for our school's fundraising auction.  I have spent countless hours now making quilts, editing photos on the computer, spending $$$$ at the Staples copy center, attending meetings etc.
Yes, if you have kids that go to a school you know what I am talking about!
But I do love it so that is why I do it.
I will start with the eggs above which myself and four other mothers created this morning for the centerpieces at the dinner.  I found the tutorial HERE and instantly I knew I wanted to try it.  Ours aren't quite as beautiful as hers are but hey, I still think they are darn cute. Plus, it was a good break from quilting!

Speaking of quilts.....
here is the completed Kindergarten hand print quilt!
It turned out just as I imagined it and trust me that does not happen very often!

That's my daughter Clara's handprint--isn't it cute? :)


 And does anyone remember that I swore I wasn't going to quilt these myself?? Yeah, well guess what, I did! The longarm quilter I had lined up totally flaked on me and I was stuck doing them myself.
The handprint one turned out fantastic--really, I think that is the best stippling I have ever done. 


And here is the Dr. Seuss quilt! Each child in my son's class drew a self portrait--I copied them onto printable fabric and then added the hats.  It's wonky and bright and a little crazy--just like the characters in Dr. Seuss's books I think (personally, his books scare me a little).


This is my son's block--he gets his art skills from his father--hehe!!





I have several other projects that I will share when I am finished--I have to be done with everything before the end of this week! Yikes!


15 comments:

Toni in Oregon said...

You are just too clever! Good Job! Both of those quilts are darlin'! I "heart" them!

Brittany said...

You are so creative!

Katie said...

I love the handprint quilt! What pattern did you use (or did you make it up)?

SherryB said...

Oh, those are SO COOL! Yes, you did a great job on stippling, and I like the swirlies on the Dr. Seuss quilt. The faces are adorable, as is your idea of putting hats on them. The stencil names on the handprints quilt I adore...how did you do that? So cute, both of your quilts. You are crazy like me when my kids were still in school...trying to do everything -- "beat that deadline"! But that's what moms do! Hope you & your family have an enjoyable Easter.

Marsel said...

These are both really wonderful quilts!

Renae said...

So AWESOME!!! Both of them. Love the wonkiness of both.

Amy said...

Love the quilts! All your hard work has paid off and hopefully these will raise a lot of money for the school!

Gayle and Rob said...

Carin, I make a lot of quilts with students and I love the handprints - what I 'd like to know is how you got the names on the blocks. I usually use the computer for things like that - did you put the names on first and then have the kids add the handprint? Love the colors!

hoekstra family said...

great job - they are both beautiful. If I was a member of your school I would definately bid!

Sandra said...

Your quilts are adorable!I especially like the coordinating fabrics you used to frame the blocks. Very nice!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I keep forgeting to tell you how completely awesome BOTH of these quilts are!!!

Amy said...

I was looking for inspiration for a handprint quilt and yours is stunning! So beautiful. My daughter's 3rd grade teacher is retiring and I thought it would be the perfect gift. Thanks you for sharing!

TwynMawrMom said...

OMG the quilting is beautiful - and I love the little way you put their names on! I'm trying for the same thing - an auction quilt - what paint & fabric did you use? How did you do the names? details, details! :) Gorgeous work.

Katie Cohagen said...

Your handprint quilt is beautiful! How did you do the handprints? Did you use paint and then stamp the handprint on the fabric? I am looking to make one for someone and want to ensure the handprints won't fade over time.

Anonymous said...

I'd love pattern and fabric/ name info too- would love to do this for my son's teacher who is having a baby.