So ... I'm disappointed with the quilting. I know we are often our own worst critics but I think my rushing combined with fatigue and a dull needle in my machine resulted in something for which I'm not wildly excited about.
Originally, I had a double helix sort of shape going through the black sashing but I had drawn on free-hand and quilted over and it looked terrible. I ripped it out and free-motioned the leaf pattern. I free-handed words around the borders - "Stargazing", "hiking", etc., and "Thank You" to show appreciation for the special things my daughter's teacher did with the class. I wanted it to subtle, and therefore wasn't able to get a good shot of the writing.
This is really a case of try to make a quilt with the recipients tastes in mind. Mr. Rich is a former hippie type, is very interested in nature, Native Americans, and astronomy. I tried to incorporate these interests into the quilt.
Finished size is 18" square
Pattern: Bear Paw
Binding: brought backing fabric over to front - folded twice and stitched by machine
Whipped this up last night. I had a sudden inspiration to make Mr. Rich, my daughter's 4th grade teacher a little end of year gift. Last day of class is Friday. Yep, Friday. As per my usual mode of operation, a very last minute project is underway! Mr Rich has a very personal/spiritual connection to bears, hence the choice of the traditional Bear Paw block pattern.
My husband wanted to visit the music store in the Haight which was a great excuse for me to go fabric shopping at Mendel's .
A standby of the "old Haight", Mendel's is a family run arts & crafts store with an old collection of junk but also an amazing selection of Alexander Henry fabrics. I have to cringe though, when the cut yardage, they snip the ends and tear the fabric. I hate to see high quality quilting cottons handled like that.