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Handprint Teacher Appreciation Quilt: Layout and Cut List

 I am going to try to get this quilt finished in time for the
 UFO Challenge:
For details about the challenge, see this post

I volunteered to make E's kindergarten teacher a quilt as an end of the year appreciation gift. I have made quilts before using the kids' handprints and I knew that is what I wanted to do again, but since I had so few kids (24) I knew I needed more than just handprints. 

Enter Pinterest.


I love the way the snowball blocks (which would perfectly fit handprints) make a secondary star pattern.  But I didn't want to do it 100% scrappy.  I wanted it to reflect the teacher's love of patriotism and do it in red, white and blue.  So I sat down and sketched it out, taking into account the 24 handprint blocks:
I knew I wanted to keep the blocks at a size which was easy to divide into 3 so I settled on 9 inch blocks: 
I then made up packets for each student to sign.  I included one white fabric square, a fabric marker and the instruction sheet on how to trace their hand:

I put it all in a ziplock bag and secretly handed them out (and then collected them) at school:

Since I decided on a secondary pattern I then had to calculate how many types of blocks I needed, as well as how many squares to cut:

In case you are interested in the cut list, here is what you need to make this quilt:

(12) 9 x9 inch blocks (for signatures/handprints)
(26) 3x9 border strips
(2) 3x3 corner blocks
(2) 3x13 long border strips

(12) 9x9 inch blocks
(78) 3x3 inch blocks (64 for snowballs, 14 for border)

(12) 9x9 inch blocks
(44) 3x3 inch blocks (30 for snowballs, 14 for border)

Here is a little teaser of what it looked like laid out on the floor:
 See my next post for assembly instructions.  And hopefully I can get it finished in time for the UFO party!  Make sure you check back!

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