Last week, I shared the sad news about my friend’s husband’s sudden death. At a time like this, everyone pulls together to do what they can to ease the pain, and what I do is quilt. My friend has 2 young children; one is a Kindergartener, the other is in 3rd grade. I made them quilts.
On Thursday, I brought fabric and paints to school. I visited the class rooms of my friend’s children, and painted their hands to make handprint quilts. For the little girl, I used pink paint, and had the children print hearts:
Here is a close up of one of the blocks, so you can see the individual hand prints better:
Here is the quilt I made for the 3rd grade boy. I had been in that classroom the prior week, talking about quilts, so the class was quite pleased to be making a comfort quilt for their friend:
Here’s a close up of one of the butterflies:
Again, the children signed their names with a fabric pen. I embellished the hand prints further by adding antennae and a butterfly face with black paint Both quilts were quilted freehand on my longarm quilting machine.
While we’re on the subject of hand print quilts, here’s one I made with a 2nd grade class to celebrate their teacher’s new baby:
I loved the elephants and giraffes the best, but there are also zebras and lions. Again, it was freehand quilted on my longarm quilting machine. It’s been loved (and washed!) a lot over the past 3 years, but I think it’s held up pretty well!
Edited to add: I referred to Marcia L. Layton’s “Handprint Quilts” book for my inspiration. I used fabric paints, acrylic paints, and fabric markers on 100% cotton fabric.
Thank you all so very much for your caring comments and emails to me over the past week. I haven’t always replied since I’ve been busy in my studio with these quilts, but your reaching out to me has meant the world!