I designed the quilt myself (if you want to call it that) with 8" blocks, alternating handprints with prints from the Old McDonald collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics. I chose the Old McDonald collection for two reasons. 1. It's adorable and I love the color scheme. 2. I teach in a rural area, if my students don't live on a farm, their grandparents do.
We made the students' handprints with fabric paint and I crudely embroidered their names on their squares. There was also a square with the class name and year. Piecing was a breeze and so was creating the sandwich.
Now comes the best part. I needed to quilt it. I had studied tutorial after tutorial about free motion quilting and I was confident I could do it. The only question was could my cheap, old, beat up machine handle it. The answer was no. It was the weekend before the auction and I needed to get the quilt done. I didn't know what I was going to do. I honestly felt like crying.
Right now you're wondering, how is this the best part? Here it comes! My husband tells me to go buy a new machine. Not a cheap one from Wal-Mart, but a really nice machine. Of course, living in rural Iowa quilt shops are few and far between, but I knew there was a good one that sold Bernina's about 30 minutes from home.
I researched Bernina's that Sunday and Monday afternoon when I was done with preschool, I went and bought a machine. I started quilting that night. I never wanted it to end. Anyway, the quilt turned out great and even better it made $500 at the auction. I would like to say it was my great quilting ability but I know the truth, those handprints are priceless.