(If you find my post through an internet search for "Auction Projects" would you please see the note at the bottom of this post? Thank you!)
One of the conflicting parts of auction projects is that the final product can only go home with one family. This year our project yielded three wall hangings, so perhaps three families will take home a part of our collaborative project, but this still leaves 27 families empty handed.
So, this year, in addition to making wall quilts, we also made a book using photos of the fabric art as illustrations. (I talk a bit more about the process here.) This way every family has a chance to take home part of the project. The books will be sold (for $10 each) to as many families as would like them. The money raised (after paying off materials) will be added to our auction donation.
The story begins:
"Last night I dreamt that I went for a walk, and on that walk I saw..."
These were the words I used to prompt the students when we brainstormed ideas for each letter of the alphabet. I used details the students had shared with me about their drawings to fill in the details of the book.
Here's a sample of our book:
(Click on the images to make them larger.)
Yesterday, when I went to school to show the teacher the first draft of the book, she had me read the story to the class instead. It felt a bit like a trial by fire, but the students loved the book. They were attentive throughout (which is amazing at the end of a long school day!). There were gasps and squeals and giggles as I read the story. At the end, the class gave the project a thumbs up and a silent cheer. What a thrill!
(A brief note... I know a lot of people find my auction projects through internet searches. I love this sharing of information, but could I ask a small favor? If you find me in this way, would you please leave a comment? I'd like to know if my posts are helpful and what sort of a project you end up making. Heck, I'd be thrilled with just a "Hiya! I'm from a school in...." Thank you!)