I used a soft apple green minky fabric for the back. I took every precaution in prewashing and testing the permanent pens (note Sharpie markers are not 100% waterproof—thank goodness I found out before I tried to use them on the blocks). I sprinkled the blocks with water and ironed them before I put the quilt together to make sure it wouldn’t bleed. I was disappointed to find that a few of the pens still bled into the fabric a bit during the final washing. Here are some pictures of the quilt
Some close up pictures of the messages before it was quilted. I was so glad I had gathered quotes from the internet as several people used them. All of the messages were very inspiring!
My co-worker made a beautiful tote bag, with lots of pockets, to put the quilt in. We filled the tote with small books of crossword puzzles, email jokes, candy, gum, hand lotion, lip balm, tissue, a water bottle, and a card signed by everyone.
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