handprint quilt

While getting things organized here, I'll be bringing over a few posts from an old blog.
*UPDATE:  I think I want to do something similar to this for baby girl's first year... maybe her hand and feet prints every month for her first year... I think it would be super cute in all black and white!
While I was on vacation, I woke up one morning with an idea in my head. I grabbed the hotel notepad, sketched it out, and went back to sleep. Fast forward a few weeks, and you've got this cute little handprint quilt!

I LOVE the way it turned out. I simply cut twelve 10" x 10" white blocks, and had each of my kids put their handprints on one of them in acrylic craft paint. I suppose I could have used fabric paint, but acrylic won't wash out and I had it on hand. I let each child write their name under their handprints with a paint marker (also will NOT wash out... learned that the hard way!). For the in between (can't think of the real word off the top of my head, but you know what I'm talking about!), I chose something that was cute, but still gender neutral. I cut a ton of 5" x 3" pieces and stitched them together for a patchwork look. I love that each child had a part of making something lasting, that I can take with me from my sweet little class this year.

On the twelfth block, I added a title and a sweet little handprint apple.
I'm a little crazy about handprints... you can make anything out of them! For the apple, simply paint the palm red and press. Paint the pinky brown and press on top for the stem. For the leaf, paint the thumb green and angle next to the stem, and voila! handprint apple!

It's perfect for lying on your belly in the grass with a book, (by Dr. Seuss of course!)

eating a yummy, healthy snack picnic style,

or just looking at!

Such a sweet little quilt, made with the help of a sweet little class!

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