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Sarah's Student's Charity Auction Quilt

Do you know what I love? I love that people jump in to quilting with their whole heart! Sarah did just that when she decided to create a quilt for her school's charity auction, did I mention this was her first quilt ever!

Here is the finished front of the quilt, I love each of the mandalas designed by the children and the beautiful colors.

Sarah works at St.Cecilia School in Ames, Iowa. The school is solely supported by donations and the upcoming Gala event is their greatest fundraiser. Sarah explained to me that each class creates an art project to be auctioned at the gala. Since this year's Gala has a world theme the class projects were designed to reflect that. Sarah chose an Indonesian/Indian inspired textile design and the students each created a Nepalese style mandala on the computer to be translated using a glue resist Batik onto a Moda quilt block. Sarah's class used a glue resist and Dyn-a-flow paint/dye to create beautiful individual quilt blocks. 

A glimpse at Sarah's student's charity gala auction quilt.

Originally, she had planned to quilt and bind the quilt herself, but as time dwindled and the quilt grew larger she realized she needed to call in a little help. Thanks to a few connections in the modern quilting community she was directed to me and I was able to fit her in over spring break. Since the quilt is for an auction, Sarah asked that we work at a reasonable price range with an edge to edge quilting design. She let me choose a quilting design suggesting only that swirls would be nice to echo the movement of the children's mandalas. So I selected a design and got to work!

A final step in the quilting process is the binding. I offer various binding options to help our customers along, binding preparation, partial binding and full binding. Sarah chose to save herself a little time and sanity by having me prepare and fully bind the quilt for her. She sent some remaining white Moda strips from the quilt trellis to be used for binding.

Before you go, I have to show you the back of this quilt. I love how Sarah chose to finish it with ombres created from the same fabric dyes. It is seriously beautiful.

If you would like more information about the Charity Gala and auction which will be held on April 16th, please visit 

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