Teaching my first college class this Spring semester had its ups and downs, but the students always had a sense of humor and made the experience really great. I wanted to have an exchange as the final project to teach them about one of the cruxes of the printmaking world. Instead of a typical exchange on paper that is housed in a box or envelope, the students wanted something they could actually use. So, they decided to make a quilt. Each student printed 9 of their own image and then everybody swapped around to end up with different prints to assemble into a quilt.
Some of the students had never sewn before so when it came down to actually assembling the quilts, they realized the pickle they had gotten themselves into. They traveled to Martins Ferry to use the sewing machines graciously donated to us.
Everyone arranged their own layout and then got to work pinning and stitching. We were a bit cramped, but worked together seamlessly (pun partially intended).
The upstairs was whirring with sewing machines and a sizzling iron.
After finishing the top layer, we pinned it to the batting and the backing (so many pins!) in order to start the quilting process.
Once the binding was attached, the quilts were finished! Now there’s one hanging in the art school hallway for all to admire.