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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!

cheater quilt

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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34 Comments

  1. 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!!! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!! 🙂

    1. A cheater quilt is made using fabric that looks like patchwork, but is really just one piece of fabric. You can sew along the lines of the fabric and it looks like you pieced it together.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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)!

  11. Love this,

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

    Claire

  12. Love this,

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

    Claire

  13. Love this,

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

    Claire

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