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Story Submitted by: Quilter79

This wall quilt was made for my niece Nicci's 5th grade class. Each child made a seat cushion out of fabric of their choice. The class tradition, and MY CHALLENGE as the volunteer, was to make a quilt that used each child's fabric scrap. What a challenge! I received fake fur, a piece of velvet and lots of fleece! When I saw this bookcase pattern in my EQ6 software, I knew this setting would be perfect. I put lightweight fusible interfacing on the back of the fleece and velvet, which stabilized the fabric for cutting. I fuse appliqued the letters, then stitched them with monofilament thread. Finally I heavily quilted the quilt so that the letters and books Popped out. I took it a step further. Though I live in PA, I am a native Minnesotan. Therefore, I had great fun printing off pictures of famous Minnesotans and placed them in each book. I used the special deskjet treated fabrics (some are sold at EQ6) and printed the photos onto each sheet. I then cut them out and appliqued the photos onto the quilt, sprinkling some around the letters. Such Minnesota notables are: Chief Justice Warren Burger, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Vice President Walter Mondale, Charles Schulz, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, the Pillsbury Company Dough Boy and more! I've heard that the teacher just loved this quilt. My neice Nicci thought it was super as well! That made my day! The quilt resides at a Woodbury, Minnesota elementary school.