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School Quilt

June 22, 2011

A while back I wrote about the squares that each of the children in Grace’s school were sewing as part of their royal wedding celebrations. They all worked really hard and produced some really beautifully sewn squares. As I I came home with a box full of them a few weeks back, I was slightly daunted by the prospect that I now had to do something with them! After discussing the options with Grace’s headteacher, we decided that I would make 2 quilts – one for the school to keep and one to be sent off to the royal couple.

finished school quilt

After about 50 hours work of tidying up the squares, sewing scarecrow heads on, sewing the squares together, adding borders, wadding and backing the first quilt is finally finished! I only have a regular domestic sewing machine and limited skills so I decided not to try and machine quilt it, instead I added a button every so often to keep the layers together. As the quilt is purely decorative and isn’t going to be used on a bed or anything I thought this would probably be adequate.

Having invested so much time and effort into this quilt, I became quite attached to it and was a little sad to see it go! I’m sentimental like that. A very kind parent from school has offered to sew the squares together for the second quilt, which is very welcome. Once she’s done that, I will be back to sewing one more borders, adding wadding and backing it. Watch this space…

15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 3:12 pm

    It is so lovely, what a brilliant job, well done!! Hmmm, you could say ‘your dog ate it’ and keep it for yourself?!

    • amylane permalink*
      June 22, 2011 3:53 pm

      Thank you! If only I’d thought of that earlier – I’ve already handed it over! 🙂

  2. Bernice permalink
    June 23, 2011 11:33 am

    what a wonderful keepsake and very kind of you to dedicate so much time to this project – I’m sure the children and the school will treasure it in years to come.

    • amylane permalink*
      June 28, 2011 11:34 am

      I really enjoyed doing it and I’m sure the school will love the one they get to keep.

  3. June 23, 2011 8:53 pm

    well done you!

  4. Michelle permalink
    June 27, 2011 11:31 am

    It looks fantastic Amy well done. I am not surprised you wanted to keep it!!

    • amylane permalink*
      June 28, 2011 11:33 am

      Thank you! I shall have to make one for myself 🙂

  5. July 5, 2011 10:14 am

    Wow, that is amazing. I remember seeing the first ideas you had for the squares. I can’t believe it has come together so quickly. A real heirloom for the school hall.

    • amylane permalink*
      July 5, 2011 5:35 pm

      It feels like it took forever! All the children were very pleased with it – just one more to finish now! 🙂

  6. July 9, 2011 11:25 pm

    Stunning x

    • amylane permalink*
      July 11, 2011 4:17 pm

      Thank you. All the hard work paid off 🙂

  7. July 14, 2011 9:43 pm

    This is fantastic! Lovely to see it all together! Beautiful!x

  8. August 23, 2011 9:19 pm

    Such a lovely idea. I think I’ll need to steal your idea and suggest it to my son’s school. ;0)

    Madison xxx

    • amylane permalink*
      August 29, 2011 8:00 pm

      Good idea – the children loved doing it 🙂

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