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Teacher Appreciation Gift: Picnic Quilt

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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?

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 friend’s house to watch her kids, of course, I was late finishing the quilt.  

I put it into 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.

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

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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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  1. 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:

  2. Seaweed and Raine says:

    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!!! 🙂

  3. freckled laundry says:

    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! 🙂

  4. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor says:

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

  5. Christine says:

    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!!

  6. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    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!

  7. Partycraft Secrets says:

    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


  8. Megan Johnson says:

    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!!! 🙂

  9. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says:

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

  10. Simply Shelly says:

    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!


    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.

  11. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says:

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