Friday, November 8, 2013

36 Years - A Finished Quilt

  *Sewing With Certainty (SWC) Goal Linkup here!*

This summer, I designed a special quilt for a very special person who has touched many lives in our community. A teacher taught for 36 years  - in fact many faculty and staff members had her as a kindergarten teacher! I didn't, sadly, because I moved here in 3rd grade, but my husband did :)

Mrs. S. served as a huge inspiration in my first year out of college with a teaching certification. I often substituted as a paraprofessional in her class, and she instilled in me a passion for teaching the younger grades (my primary area is middle school). Mrs. S. just retired over the summer, and we miss her immensely!

I wanted to make her something unique, so I gathered up all my school fabrics (I bought them in a frenzy 3 years ago when I started quilting, but many were just sitting in my stash).

I asked the school staff to send me messages for the fabric, and I got 30 + messages! Woohoo!
I wrote most of them on fabric with one of my special pens (if you want to know the brand, I will get it out for you! :) ). Some people requested that they write it themselves, so we met up over the summer.

I didn't know how to quilt the white space so I quilted in words about teaching kindergarten :) (ABC, teach, read, write, laugh, learn, add, spell, and above - kindergarten).

The pencil was a big theme in the quilt - I thought Pearl Bracelets made the perfect eraser! Many people have said they love the eraser fabric... and I'm like, yup, me too, it's the best!

I used pencil binding, which turned out to be one of my favorite quilting decisions on all time! Also, quilting in apples turned out to be a whole lotta fun :)

The backing is School Bus Orange Kona (perfect, no?) and a cute piece of school panel.

I recently presented the quilt at a party for her and our new superintendent. This is the only picture I received from the party - as some of my teacher friends were holding up the quilt, one of them exclaimed, "she quilted MUSIC NOTES into it! Oh my gosh!" So there's Mrs. Scott trying to look :) (the music notes are to commemorate her amazing piano playing for countless kindergartners!).

I'm so happy to share this quilt with you now it's been gifted! And I'm so glad to see Mrs. S. looking so happy and rested :)

 Linking up to: TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. This is the most beautiful, loving tribute to someone that I think I've ever seen---she was surely in tears at the sight of it. :)

  2. This is such an awesome quilt and amazingly thoughtful and generous gift! You put a lot of time and thought into all those awesome details, I'm sure it is a well loved quilt :-)

  3. Great job! Things like this are just the absolute best!!

  4. What a beautiful quilt...and such a great idea! Lovely.

  5. Wow! What an amazing quilt for someone so special! I absolutely love that pencil! It's awesome! :)

  6. What a wonderful gift! The sentiment is so nice and the quilt is beautiful!

  7. This is so wonderful, Jess! I know she was touched to receive it!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Wonderful! I'm planning to put together similar squares from my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary party, but I hadn't thought about making the squares into a 50...

    What great fabrics you have there! I'm sure she'll love curling up in that and reading, or using it for a little nap on the couch (one of my favorite things).

    I get so many ideas from people's quilting blogs and Pinterest. I also have a custom quilt I need to make by springtime that's a little bit of this and a little bit of that (beach, lighthouse, Red Sox...) and I'm going to get ideas from everywhere and put them together! It's so great to have all these wonderful quilty images at the click of a keyboard!

  9. OH my!!! That is so fabulous. The small details really really make it. Fabulous... like bring a tear to my eye fabulous.

  10. Jess - it is awesome. I love that you touch peoples lives through your quilting :-)

  11. What a fabulous quilt and yay for you for quilting it yourself! I love how you can personalize it with the quilted words and designs. Simply awesome!

  12. What a great gift for a person who is so obviously loved and admired!


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