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Friday, May 11, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Picnic Quilt

As a teacher appreciation gift for my son's 1st grade teacher,  I decided to make a quick picnic quilt using her favorite colors.  I originally planned on making it out of fat quarters the same way I made my 1st picnic quilt, but I spotted this fabric at Hancock Fabrics and thought it would be an even better choice. (Especially since she loves purple, I love that this print had so many shades of pink and purple, but didn't seem to childish.)

It is a "cheater's quilt".  Possibly not the best choice for a teacher, but hey-  what's life without a little irony?


cheater quilt




It's so pretty, by the time I was done, I wanted to keep it for myself!

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It's awfully hard to get good pictures at 6:45 on a cloudy morning. (I am loving my new camera lens, it lets in so much light!)  I had intended on finishing this up early, and getting some good pictures outside, but between my procrastination and then having to go to a friends house to watch her kids, of course I was late finishing the quilt.  I put it in to the dryer a little past midnight and was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow...

I think it turned out great!  I hope his teacher thinks so too and will actually use it.  You wouldn't even know it wasn't a real pieced quilt unless you looked really hard.  The fabric is from the M'liss collection sold at Hancock fabrics.  The border and binding fabric is just some stuff I had in my stash, but it probably came from Hancock's too.  They are my closest fabric store, only 30 minutes away.

cheater quilt

I wish I had gotten a picture of the back, oh well...

cheater quilt

cheater quilt

Now, I am tired...  So, I have something MUCH simpler planned for my Daughter's MDO teacher and the bus driver.  I will be working on these soon.


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33 comments:

  1. What a generous gift...she'll love it!

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  2. That is an awesome gift!
    Rose
    http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  3. It isn't really a big cheat because, at least for me, the quilting is the hard part!

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  4. Love this,

    Would love you to link up to my craft, create and inspire linky party, live now !

    Claire

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  5. Love this,

    Would love you to link up to my craft, create and inspire linky party, live now !

    Claire

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  6. Love this,

    Would love you to link up to my craft, create and inspire linky party, live now !

    Claire

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  7. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-23.html

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  8. That is the most amazing teacher gift ever! What a lucky teacher!!! Thanks for sharing at Once Upon a Weekend!!! (and how do you live, having to drive 30 minutes to the fabric store? haha. jk, i'm from SD so i actually totally understand)!

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  9. That is amazing, I would have LOVED to get this as a teacher- beautiful!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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  10. A beautiful gift! The colours here are AMAZING! :)

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  11. As a former teacher let me just say this is a great gift! I love the vibrant colors too. I'd love to have you link this up to my linky party tomorrow.

    http://cornerstoneconfessions.com

    Hopping over from a Pinch of Joy.

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  12. What a great teachers gift. It's beautiful and I bet the teacher just loved it. I would love if you linked this up at my link party "Show Off Mondays".

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/05/show-off-monday-6.html

    ~Taylor-Ann

    PS- Your newest follower. combed through your blog- love it.

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  13. What a beautiful gift! I'm sure she was delighted.

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  14. You are so talented! I love all of your posts. :) We would love for you to come share this at our weekly link party and enter to win a $50 gift card to Mikarose Clothing!

    http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/05/strut-your-stuff-saturday-link-party_11.html

    Love,
    The Sisters

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  15. What a sweet gift. I used to teach 1st grade and got some pretty great gifts but this about tops them all

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  16. That is really pretty, I'm sure she'll be thrilled that you took the time to make her a special gift, even if you cheated!

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  17. What a wonderful idea! You are so generous to give a gift like that! Happy crafting!

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  18. I just bought the Classic Pooh cheater panel for a baby quilt. Gives us a little more time for all the other things going on in life and still hand made. Love it.

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  19. That's super cute! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays! I love the colors!

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  20. Ok...this might be a "newbie" question...but what is a "cheater quilt?" I have never quilted before but its on my summer bucket list and your quilt came out SO cute :)

    stopping by from A Bowl Full of Lemons!

    http://theoxfordplacediaries.blogspot.com/

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  21. What a great quilt! I have been wanting to try and make a quilt and I think this would be a great first quilt. I am going to pin this to work on this summer. I am having my first linky party on my blog, www.firehousecrafts.com, and I would really love it if you would link up your apron. The party is at http://www.firehousecrafts.com/whats-hot-in-the-firehouse-linky-party-1/. Hope to see you there!

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  22. Shared this on my FB page. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

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  23. As a teacher, I can say that I love handmade gifts, and this would blow me away if I got such a nice gift! I'm sure she loved it!!! :)

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  24. beautiful job - the colours are AMAZING - found you via linky - would love for you to come visit me too... off to have a good look around your blog - best wishes. x

    http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  25. What a wonderful teacher gift -- handmade and useful, unique and memorable! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

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  26. How fun! I love the colors, and I think the whole "cheater" thing is hilarious! :) I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins. http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-wore-sunday-week-16.html

    ~Natalie

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  27. I WANT IT!!!!! OMG!!! What an amazing teacher gift!! This will probably be the teacher's BEST teacher appreciation gift of her whole career!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  28. That is so cute!! Love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  29. That is an awesome teacher gift. You don't mess around. How thoughtful! It turned out great. Cracked me up with the cheater comment. Thanks for dropping off your laundry again! :)

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  30. That is such a pretty quilt. I actually saw some red/blue/white cheater's quilt fabric today at Spotlight - I was so tempted to buy it!!! I'm sure the teacher won't mind a bit that it is a cheater's quilt top... she will be so wrapped up in how good it looks!!! :)

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  31. His teacher will LOVE it and treasure it forever! As a teacher, I never received a gift that amazing from any of my students. I have a huge desire to make a quilt, but I'm waiting until I find just the right fabric.

    I'd love for you to share it at my link party, Off the Hook:
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-3.html

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