So I made them all a name tag:
Then I created little "quilts" where the names were the blocks and I used sashing strips that I cut 2.5" wide:
|All 25 ready to be layered and quilted|
Quilting was simply straight lines with my Bernina Q20 sit down machine and a ruler--free motion and fast, with variegated thread. One start and one stop, traveling at the outer edges which I knew would be cut away:
Then they were cut apart with a wavy blade rotary cutter--that was all the finishing to do. I could have added binding or finished with decorative stitches but keeping this simple was the idea. I added a safety pin to the back of each and they were done.
I made one a little bit special. This person found us the meeting space, she arrives early to help me be sure we are ready, and stays late to help me clean up. She is the designated "Teacher's Pet" and she didn't know that until she got her official Name Tag:
It took a few hours to do this but I think it is a fun way for them to learn each other's names. I told them there would be a test in December, without name tags!