I made a baby quilt for a second cousin’s baby a few years ago. It was a lot of work and I found the quilting part especially challenging. I didn’t think I’d be attempting another one for a while – if ever again.
This year I received a plea for sewing volunteers to help out with some school quilts at my daughter’s elementary school. Each quilt represents one of the pillars of character and has squares drawn and colored by students. I put my name in to volunteer. I was called in to quilt and bind a finished top. But the quilting wasn’t the kind I had done before (meandering) but rather it was stitch in the ditch (straight lines through seams). It took a little practice, but I found it wasn’t nearly as hard as the first quilt I made.
This gave me an idea (I’m always coming up with
So the invites went out.
And all the children came.
Along with some of the parents.
They worked hard.
They played hard.
Then the easy part started…
I happily sewed row by row.
When you make something for someone you love, the process is so full of joy!
I was thrilled. But I had to figure out just how to present it to the teacher.
So… I volunteered to come in to talk about “sewing” and to give a “presentation”.
I found a great kids book about how meaningful a quilt can be and read it to the class. I brought in some quilts my grandma made from scraps left over from clothes she made for herself, for me and for my dolly. I brought in a quilt that my mom made me from my old T-shirts. I explained how much each quilt meant. I really think the kids got it.
Then I had the kids stand up and brought out this quilt for the teacher.
She was sort of speechless.
I think she likes it.
We will never forget her, we will always love her! I hope she will always stay a part of our lives.
(Mom’s Night at Children’s Corner Montessori – 2011)
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