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Teacher Appreciation Gift: Picnic Quilt

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cheater 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?

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 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.

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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  1. 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.

  2. Jenni Swenson says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. Recipes We Love says:

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

  5. bohemiannie! art says:

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

  6. Cornerstone Confessions says:

    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.


    Hopping over from a Pinch of Joy.

  7. rebekah @ justfordaisy says:

    A beautiful gift! The colours here are AMAZING! 🙂

  8. What a lucky teacher!

  9. Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter says:

    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)!

  10. Polkadot-pretties says:

    Love this,

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


  11. Polkadot-pretties says:

    Love this,

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


  12. Polkadot-pretties says:

    Love this,

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


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

  14. Marilyn Clark says:

    What a generous gift…she'll love it!