It's Throwback Thursday here at Quiltin' Jenny, and I hope you'll link up and share your own creative adventures from your pre-blogging days.
Today's project is another one of the quilts I made for my kids' school to auction off. This one was made in 2005, right after Inauguration Day, with the second graders. I was inspired by this gorgeous toile fabric that I used for the border. I wish the photos were better...and I wish the bottom didn't look so wavy.
By this point, I had my act together enough to have given the teachers the worksheets far enough in advance that they could work it into the many other lesson plans about the presidential election.
I asked the kids to finish the sentence "If I were president..." and, as always, was amazed by the responses. Things like:
- "I would make sure Americans were safe. I would make scientists work harder so they could warn us of storms." [Oh, those lazy scientists!]
- "I would make laws so that five-year-olds can't watch PG-13 movies."
- "I would tell the farmers to grow healthier food."
Because the responses were so long, I typed them out and printed them onto my favorite white cotton fabric sheets. This was the easiest to match up with plain white muslin. I made a simple Sawtooth Star block, alternating the red and blue prints. You can't really see it, but the red has tiny little cherries on it. Get it?
I believe this is the quilt that sold for the most of any I donated at $2500. I love how it turned out, and how it provided a snapshot of that moment in history.