Monday, May 26, 2014

Studio 125 Filmstrip Quilt

This quilt is a year-end gift for my 2nd grade daughter's teacher.  Their classroom theme is a movie studio (Studio 125, their classroom number) so that's how I named the quilt.

I was inspired by this quilt which I found online, but I could not find a pattern so I pretty much made it all up as I went along.  It was nerve wracking to say the least but I really truly love how it turned out.

Back in February, I made up little "kits" and secretly stuck them in each girls' backpack while I was in the classroom helping with a project.  The kits included the fabric, paint, brush and instructions for making a handprint block.  I asked the girls (all girls class, there are 19 of them) to also sign their name in pencil.  Once they were returned to me, I stitched over each signature with 2 strands of DMC floss.

The white blocks were cut down to 7.5" x 9.25".  All the black and white strips were cut at 1.5" each, so they finish at 1" --- lots of little pieces in this quilt!  (Thank goodness for strip piecing!)

The finished quilt measures approx. 60" x 44" after washing. There were 20 frames but only 19 girls, so I used my embroidery machine to write a special message to their teacher.  This is her first year teaching and she is SUCH a doll, I just know she will treasure this gift from all her little girls forever.

"We love you, Ms. DeRosa"
"Studio 125 ~~ 2013-2014"

I wanted a "busy" fabric on the back because I knew I would be quilting in 2 colors (black and pink) and didn't really want the lines to show.  My daughter picked out this print but sadly, there was not enough for the full back.  In hindsight, I wish I had pieced it differently, but I also don't think Ms. DeRosa will spend too much time looking at the back.

There is no quilting on the white handprint blocks, but I did quilt 2 lines inside each black strip (shown below) as well as through the pink sections.

We will present this to my daughter's teacher during their year-end party on June 12.  I'm betting on some tears :-).

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~


  1. Oh Kat this quilt is just wonderful.Lovely idea one I may pinch in the future.Love the colours and the quilting.The teacher is going to love it for sure.
    Well done you ,clever old thing.Cant wait to see and hear what she says when given this fantastic gift.xx

  2. What a perfect idea and a memorable gift for your daughter's teacher. My you're creative, XOXO

  3. Kat, your quilt is wonderful. I'm sure your daughter's teacher will treasure it forever! And future teachers will recruit your daughter for their class in hopes of getting a quilt!

  4. Oh my goodness...look at that! Sometimes I think our own ideas really turn out better than when we follow patterns......absolutely adorable........Ms. DeRosa will love it!

  5. Absolutely beautiful, I am sure your daughters teacher will love it

  6. Would love to get a pattern from you. My son is graduating High School and going to study film.


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