Portrait Quilt

I did a portrait quilt project with my son's class. It will hang in the auditorium with the past years' wall hangings. Each child, 50 in all, used fabric markers to draw on the piece of 8"x8" white cotton fabric that I gave them. They came up with the descriptive words that border the portraits and I wrote them with the fabric markers and then colored in the background black. Sewing the squares together and ironing down the seams took many hours longer than I had predicted. I used basting spray and then safety pins to hold the three layers together while I quilted up and down the seams. I saved a bunch of time by buying the binding at Joannes. Lastly I sewed on the loops to hold the dowels at the top and bottom, the top for hanging from, and the bottom to weight it down. It will be hung up for class night in June. Here's a sneak peak...

 

Detail.

Detail.

I've used the blanket stitch on my machine before, but this is my first time trying it by hand. Can you tell?

I've used the blanket stitch on my machine before, but this is my first time trying it by hand. Can you tell?

I like the back, pure color. Too bad it will never be seen once it's hanging on the wall!

I like the back, pure color. Too bad it will never be seen once it's hanging on the wall!