This time every year, I spend a day and piece together squares that the local Kindergarten children draw on with fabric markers. I baste the quilt sandwich with very large stitches and bind the quilt. When it’s all done, I take it and my quilting frame to the local school and the kindies tie the quilt together using coloured yarn.
This year, there are two Kindergarten classes so I made two quilts. This project is pure bliss for me! Seeing the adorable drawings these little ones create puts a smile on my face the entire time I stitch them together. I think I’ve been doing this with the school for nearly 6 years now. The first quilt years ago was very much a learn-as-you-go type of project. I didn’t know how to bind a quilt back then so I “cheated” by doing a back-over binding method. Of course, I didn’t know it was called that at the time.
When the quilt is tied and washed, each child then takes a turn spending the night with the quilt and writing (with assistance from family) about their experiences. Their photos snuggling with the quilt and their stories are then put into a scrapbook for posterity. Once each child has enjoyed time with the quilt, it is then donated to a worthy cause. I believe past quilts hang in the Children’s Hospital in Toronto, our local hospital (Grand River/Freeport) on the palliative care floor. TheMuseum (our local children’s museum) as well as being shipped to Haiti after the earthquake and Africa for an AIDS baby. These are just some of the places these quilts have gone. I usually make two but some years I have made three. I love spreading comfort in this small way. And the look on the little ones’ faces when they see their squares in the finished quilt is priceless!
I found this great polka dot fabric in blue and yellow and decided to use both for these quilts. I backed both of them and bound them with the same fabric. I always keep my eye open for fabric bargains with these quilts in mind. I try to find a heavier weight quilting cotton or flannel and I always buy it on sale. I usually only use 2.5 yards for each quilt but I get extra (for me to add to my stash). This year I scored big! I got both of these polka dot fabrics, listed on sale for $5.99/yard but then there was an additional 50% off my total purchase! Crazy, right? I ended up getting 4 yards of each so I could have lots to play with for other projects. To me, that is a win-win any way you look at it.
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Till next time… Rita