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squares and sashing
InstructionsI learned that flannel shrinks at twice the rate as cotton, so I prewashed the flannel, but not the rest. In retrospect, I would ask the art teacher to monitor the amount of fabric paint used, as some squares were too stiff, or off kilter to use. I would make the muslin squares one inch around bigger than I planned, to account for squaring everything up equally. I used both the split quilt method ...
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Type of item: Functional
This project grew out of a collaboration between me and a friend who is principal of an elementary school in East Harlem, NYC. A former school employee was affected by Hurricane Sandy. She has two children, a boy and girl, ages 9 and 12. I prepared muslin squares for the students at the school and the art teacher provide guidance and fabric paint. The students had interviewed the recipients to learn of their hobbies, favorite things. After the squared were colored in, I pieced them with a one inch sashing and put two borders on. I quilted them with a flannel backing so they would be soft.
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The squares looked much better pieced and quilted than they did individually.