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« on: March 21, 2013 03:37:41 PM »

Besides from dabbling or making a mug rug, I have never made a quilt before. With that said, I was sitting around the other day looking for ideas for my daughter and step sons teachers for end of the school year gifts. I don't like doing gift cards because I want them to see that I took the time and effort into their gift, like they do their students (im not against gift cards, I know not all people are crafty nor do all have the time Smiley I came across a similar project (http://www.thatgirlthatquilt.com/2010/05/teacher-quilt.html where they incorporated the kids into helping with a quilt by drawing. At that moment I knew what I was doing for my daughters teacher! I help out in the classroom twice a month and with parties and her teacher is an amazing lady. Very helpful and caring.

I bought the material for a quilt and cut 20 squares. One for each kid in the class. I emailed the teacher and said I would be taking the kids in small groups out of the class for a project and that she couldn't ask questions lol. I had each kid draw on a square with permanent fabric markers and have them sign their names. My daughter was my helper which she loved. Once that was done, I took the squares home to sew them up. Its a simple quilt and ended up being 4 feet by 5 feet. My daughter who is 8 has never used a sewing machine before, and since it was for her teacher i figured now was a great time to teach her. She sewed half of it. So not everything was perfect. She has a lead foot when it came down to it lol.

I didn't take may photos of the process unfortunately, but here are some of them....

My daughters and her BFF's square with the border.

the quilt after I put the backing on

The final after getting the binding on. My daughter loved learning to make her own binding!

and the final pic after it was hung up in the class.

Her teacher loved the gift. She had no idea we were doing this. She said she has never gotten a gift like this. There were some tears of joy shed. The kids in the class loved being able to see the work they did and loved being able to help. I gave them all blow pop suckers for being fantastic and staying quiet about it. She showed it off to everyone that would walk by the room. My daughter said that lot of teachers came in to see it today during school.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013 04:11:30 PM »

What a great project!!!

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013 11:24:04 PM »

Such a truly nice idea and it turned out looking very good despite the "lead foot".  I can't see anything wrong with it at all.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013 12:55:47 AM »

Your story and the resulting quilt brought tears to MY eyes!  What a wonderful, thoughtful, so so personal gift for a teacher -- and for the students, who will likely always remember having been a part of this.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013 10:00:56 AM »

You've been pinned to Craftster's Gifts for Terrific Teachers board!
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2013 02:04:13 PM »

WOW!!! What a fantastic gift! She must be a very special teacher
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2013 07:33:13 AM »

This is just a terrific gift.  I'm sure the teacher will treasure it forever.

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2013 04:38:48 AM »

I love these kinds of quilts - very cute!

I am collecting cotton Hawaiian fabric scraps for a quilt if you wanted to send any my way!
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