Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quilting with clay and paper

Yesterday I attended a high school graduation party for my neighbor.  On a table filled with pictures of the beautiful graduate, there was also this:

Isn't it wonderful?  She made it out of clay in 5th grade, and won first prize in an art contest with it.  If I were the judge, I guarantee I'd have voted for it, and I haven't even seen the other 5th graders' work!  I love it!

But that wasn't all the quilty goodness to be had at that party!  For her graduation present, her mom made a signature quilt for her. 

I've never seen this paper-pieced block before, but isn't it neat?  Does anyone else see little spread-eagle people standing head to head and foot to foot when they see this? (granted, the people SHARE a head...) 

And her piecing is so PRECISE!  I know that is the whole point of paper piecing, but when I do it, my seams still never really line up.  The top left corner features her kindergarten (or is it first grade?) photo, and the bottom right hand corner features her senior picture.  It is signed by all her classmates (there were only 14 of them) AND by every teacher she's ever had.  What a keepsake!

What talented neighbors I have!


Taryn said...

Wow, you live in a good neighborhood! What a fabulous gift that mother gave her daughter. I suspect that it is appreciated since the little girl had such an eye for quilts in the fifth grade. Thanks for sharing the idea. I am hanging my head since I did nothing of the kind for my own dear daughter. I did work on a quilt for one of my sons yesterday even though our air conditioning is broken...does that give me any "mom" points?

Becky said...

Wow! I love both quilts. I like the idea of a clay one! Maybe I'll put it on my never-ending list of things to do!

Julie Fukuda said...

I just saw another graduation quilt made by one of my friends for her daughter. My poor daughters didn't get anything but at least they didn't get a kick in the butt and be told to get a job and get out of the house either.

ColorSlut said...

Wow that clay quilt is amazing. Your neighbors are so talented!!!