Sharing another beautiful way to display children’s art today. My friend Amy made a lovely quilt from drawings her children made for their school auction. I was so inspired by it and asked if she could share a bit about her process with us today…
1. Start with calico fabric. Inexpensive and similar to muslin, but not quite as fine.
2. Pre-wash and dry to get out any finishing agents, and to pre-shrink the fabric.
3. Cut into manageable squares for the kids to draw onto. Tape the fabric onto the table with masking tape.
4. Grab some fabric pastels (super cheap, only $2 for a set of 7 colors). Let the kids color however they wish
directly onto the fabric.
5. Read the instructions on your specific brand of pastels but Amy just needed to iron it to make the color permanant on the fabric.
6. At this point your squares are ready so you can arrange in into a quilt. You can do it yourself or have a seamstress friend help with the quilting part. Amy said “I’m terrible at sewing but it’s quite easy after watching a couple youtube tutorials”.
After going through the whole process Amy and her son couldn’t part with the quilt so they ended up buying it themselves at the auction. Ha! I think I’d probably do the same.
I’m so tempted to try something like this, although I’m intimidated by the actually quilting party. Would you try it?
Thanks Amy for inspiring us with your beautiful project. Photography by Lena Corwin