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Simple Class Quilt

When you are the village quilter you become the go-to person when it comes to a quilting need.  Last week was no exception.  I have a friend who is a teacher and she won an opportunity to travel to Alaska to learn about the Iditarod.  As part of the deal, she needs to bring the musher a gift.  I couldn’t deny her when she asked.

I’ve made many classroom quilts before so this one was a snap.  Because it had to be finished quickly and we were working with kindergartners, we decided to have them draw on plain squares of fabric with these:Sharpie Permanent Markers.  To keep the fabric from moving while the kids drew on them, I ironed each piece onto Reynolds Freezer Paper .  Within days, I had twenty squares to work with!  The rest was easy peasy!  What I love about making this type of classroom quilt is each block is unique!  The kids all have such different styles and some of these blocks really caught my eye.  To quilt is I used Quilter’s Dream Batting and doubled the thickness.  I use this batting often because I love how the quilt crinkles up when washed.  It also breathes easy; doesn’t trap heat in.  This time I doubled the thickness to give it more weight.  It was still very easy to manage under my walking foot on my favorite home sewing machine, the Janome Memory Craft 6500P .  Needless to say she loved the quilt and is excited for her trip!  If you use this technique to make a classroom quilt, I’d love to see what you come up with!  Happy Quilting!

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