Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wall Quilt for Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, Hobart Tasmania

Last year my youngest daughter finished what has been a long chapter in out family's history at primary school. Over a period of 15 years hubby and I have been apart of a wonderful experience as our three children progressed their way through junior school. As all parents know being apart of a school community involves many activities, including fetes, fund raiser evenings, music events, excursions, school assemblies...the list goes on and on.We have enjoyed them all.

With this in mind, and sensing that an important chapter was coming to a close, I felt that I wanted to leave  Lansdowne Crescent Primary school with a parting gift of some sort. The opportunity presented itself when a brand new hall was built at the school, and the idea of a large wall quilt to decorate one of the walls was hatched.

The idea was eagerly adopted by my daughter's grade 6 teacher, a kindred soul at heart who also enjoys creative pursuits. So it was decided that the whole class would be involved from conception to completion. It was also decided that the wall quilt would depict the scene that the children see looking down from their school playground onto the city and harbour below.

After photographing the view, an initial design was sketched and then a team of children and myself painted the scene onto calico.Here it is pegged to the trampoline, the rough sketch is taped to the bottom for  our reference.



Our next task was to get the kids to sketch some of the buildings and boats that they could see from their playground. Their sketches were then reduced or increased to size and then attached to the scene using fusible webbing. A local curtain making and upholstering shop had kindly donated a collection of fabric sample books to the school, these were perfect for the project at hand. From these the children chose suitable fabric colours for the buildings and foreground vegetation.

Over the next few weeks teams of sewers sat and hand appliqued the houses, buildings, boats and leaves in place. Rows of quilting were added for the waves and smaller details like the town clock and flag were hand embroidered. Here are some close up sections of the wall quilt.




These grade 6 children did an amazing job. The project was a wonderful journey for all involved and now proudly hangs in the school hall.



Miss 12 and I were responsible for hanging the wall quilt. After a few times up and down the ladder we were both satisfied that it was straight and sturdy. As we proudly looked up at the wall quilt now in its final resting place, we reflected on the journey that had been taken. It had involved so many little hands, much laughter and lots of wonderful, creative energy.



As my daughter and I walked away from the school a tear slipped down my cheek as I closed that chapter and began contemplating the next.

Warmly Lenna




17 comments:

Mishka said...

Wow, it's fabulous. What a wonderful tribute you've left for the school and all the students that took part.

Diva Silva said...

Lenna, amazing history, thank's for share.

Pauline said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful gift to leave them.

sandi s said...

It's a beautiful quilt.

Muddling Through said...

What a wonderful, wonderful art work and how good it was of you to have the children do it themselves rather than just presenting them with your vision. They will cherish this memory for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Lovely

desertskyquilts said...

That is an absolutely wonderful project. A good job done by everyone involved.

Mary said...

NO wonder it made you cry. Great co-operative effort.

Frankie said...

What a beautiful quilt, it leaves future students with an amazing thoughtful gift

Rosalie said...

What a wonderful project - a legacy for the future!

Lida said...

What a wonderful way of saying goodbye and starting a new experience! Ir really has become a fantastic project!
Greetings
Lida

Kate said...

Oh my, such a legacy!

Marta said...

Lena - what an amazing outcome to a beautiful thought! The wonderful memories you were able to evoke will never be forgotten by those young people. I am truly impressed, once again by your creativity!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. You left your forever mark in a school that your daughter florished in. One day she will return with her children and tell them that wonderful story.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilt-so enjoy looking at your creations-they're wonderful.

QUILTER FROM ARKANSAS

Anonymous said...

Fabulous!!! Absolutly!!! Katia, from Italy.

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