Preschool Tree Quilt

Here it is, Addy's classroom auction project! Every class is expected to create an art project for the school auction, so this year I volunteered to lead Addy's class project.
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The class involvement included tracing either child's hand onto green fabric (backed with fusible web) and helping them to write their name on the hand print. Once we had the hand prints, we (parent volunteers) cut them out. I then worked on drawing the tree based on the number of hand prints.
Not wanting the tree to look too sparse, I laid the hands over a green treetop. I free motion quilted around each hand.
The hands:
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The treetop:
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On the front of the tree I included a "carved" heart with the class details:
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The quilting details! I quilted the sky in a meadering, the tree trunk in a long, thin meandering variation, and the grass in a random zigzag pattern:
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Another shot of the quilted grass and the piecing:
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I found a great alphabet print for the backing, and I also included a sleeve to hang the quilt:
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And the label:
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The finished size of the quilt is approximately 45" x 58".
And now for the auction details! The quilt ultimately went for $225. It's a bit lower than I would have expected, but ever bit makes an impact!

quilts, market bags, and auctions, oh my!

While we were living in Seattle, Addy went to Catholic school. Like most private schools, Addy's school had a yearly auction to help raise money. I think I mentioned *the* auction quilt in another post, but that will have to wait. Right now I want to show what our family contributed to the auction.
I knew I wanted to make a quilt for the auction, but with a cross-country move looming in the near future, I needed something simple. I stumbled on this idea, and decided to give it a shot with a jelly roll of Hideaway. The top was quick to piece (although I didn't come close to the record of 35 minutes), and I thought it made for a nice unisex baby quilt. I may try this technique again in the future, if I need a quick gift.
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I quilted this in an all over meander and used 5 of the jelly roll strips for the binding. All of the different colored gingham prints worked great for that!
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I really love this fabric line, each print is so fun! And the bright reds and greens paired with the pale yellows and blues work really well together.
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I adore the print featuring the houses. And that red print with the birds, that's one of my favorites.
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But possibly the cutest print in the line is the deer print:
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For the backing I used some leftover strips (I cut my top down to make a baby quilt rather than the lap quilt that 40 jelly roll strips yields) and the pearl bracelet from Lizzy House. That print is such a great shade of yellow! It seems to go with just about anything.
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I finished the quilt by machine-stitching the binding and adding a label to the back.
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For the second item that our family donated, I made some market bags. Everyone in Seattle seems to already have reusable market bags, but who wouldn't want a coordinating set?!
I followed the Reusable Grocery Bag pattern by Keyka Lou/Michelle Patterns. I made three regular size market bags plus a mini market bag that also stores the larger three bags when not in use.
Here is the mini bag:
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The mini with the 3 larger bags:
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Details of the 3 larger bags:
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I used Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow collection for these. I wanted something dark, to hide dirt and stains, and not too girly. I did have to use a few of the flower prints, so I tried to use them mostly for lining.
I can't wait to hear how the auction goes this weekend. Hopefully by early next week I will have *the* auction quilt to share, along with details on how well it did!