You know how when you get an ideal and it warfs into something much grander and turns into a "Brain Baby".... well this would be one of those projects, as I was making it it kept getting bigger and bigger, finishing gloriously. This quilt is one of my favorite quilts I have made. I found the pattern for the letters on Kelbysews Etsy shop. The lucky recipient of this bad boy is my children's Kindergarten teacher who is retiring. I knew that she was going to retire with in the next couple of years, I even tried to convince her to come and be my children's personal home school teacher. But since we don't live in Hawaii she declined. Anyway the letters for this quilt are made by paper piecing, which I have never done but learnt pretty quick. I then decided I should get some of the students she's had to help me... most of my kids friends where also in her kindergarten class, soooo they came over and each sewed a letter. I think that my boys sewed more than one because they had so much fun sewing one and because they live with me. The kids/students did a fantastic job most of them never having sewn before, I just showed them where to sew and they did, easy peesy right??
I couldn't decide which of these two pictures I liked best so here they both are.....
Here is the back... you know I love zig zags, well I had to throw one in for good measure and really what teacher doesn't need a little scissor fabric in their life.
This little square was the last touch.. I wrote the message on a white piece of fabric, backed it and then embroidered the words which read "Teaching us our ABC's from 1978-2013". After having it all quilted and bound I slip stitched on the message on to the big blue square, it's the cherry on top.
I was thinking I had a year or two to make this quilt, but when I found out about a month ago that she was retiring at the end of this school year.... I had to get down to work. I know it's kind of a lot of work but really it's nothing compared to the service Kerri has given my kids and hundreds of kids over the past 35 years of teaching. I know not all teacher are as fantastic, teaching is a hard profession that I could never do, so when you come across a teacher who is worth their weight in gold, then this is just a small token of appreciation!!!
Thank You Kerri Webber, for starting my kids off right and helping instill a love for learning that my boys now have.. We will miss you!!!!
(unless you consent to home school my kids... maybe in 4 or 5 years when man child and womb child are ready.... we will move to Hawaii...)