Behind the Quilt: Andrea Dinkel

High School band director, Andrea Dinkel, has been making headlines with her beautiful quilts! With Andrea’s combined passions of quilting and teaching, she is making a wonderful impact on the lives of her students at Galena High School in Kansas.

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Picture above: Andrea with the Half Square Triangle Quilt she made using a pack of Waterfront Park 10″ Squares from MSQC.

But what does quilting have to do with teaching band? Andrea is raising funds to get new instruments for her students by making and selling quilts and purses. At a time when school funding is low, Andrea is using her talents to raise money so that her students can have a better educational experience. We think this is AWESOME! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, quilters truly do have the kindest hearts. 🙂

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Pictured above: Andrea’s Chopped Block Quilt following Jenny’s tutorial  using a True Colors Charm Pack. It’s so cute!

Andrea makes sure that she times the sales of her quilts with grant opportunities so that she always has a sponsor to match the funds. This is very helpful as band equipment costs thousands of dollars. So far, she has worked together with her students to raise funds for two additional timpani in the percussion section as well as concert chimes. It’s amazing to see what can be accomplished with a sewing machine, fabric, and a little ingenuity. Keep up the good work, Andrea!

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Pictured above: A few tote bags made from Kansas City sports team’s fabric (Andrea is originally a Kansas City girl!).

Read more and watch a short clip about Andrea Dinkel and the Glena High School band’s efforts HERE from!