Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A special quilt for a special teacher...

Well..... Elsie (and I) have been so incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful teacher for her first year of school, and since Mrs East is a quiltmaker herself, I wanted to make sure that I made something special for her.
With the help of the wonderful teacher aide, Mrs Wagstaff, all the children drew a picture of Mrs East.  They were just gorgeous!  They all had the big smile and glasses, and most the lovely blonde hair (one cute3 little man even put in a couple of stray grey hairs... how cute!)  I smiled everytime I looked at them and  I loved the way they were so different.  So many of the girls included butterflies, handbags, bracelets, even buttons and rings. 
I then printed these pictures on to special photo fabric, and made them into a quilt alternating with pinwheel blocks.  I held a sewing afternoon at my house and had the help of some lovely Mums matching, snipping and ironing.  It was a huge help as it got a lot of the initial work out of the way. 
We presented the quilt to Mrs East this morning, and well.... she was just slightly pleased to say the least!  The tears were still flowing when we left..  The children had so much fun pointing out their pictures to her and were all so excited.  It was such a joy to make, and to give.  To give a quilt to someone special whom you know will treasure it is just makes it all the sweeter.
Here is a closer up image.  Hopefully I will have some more tomorrow as a lovely Mum took some photos (the couple I took at school were blurry... probably because I was shaking..)

Have a great week,
Michelle xx

p,s,   cant tell how excited I have been to share this!!  I couldn't share this earlier because this special lady does pop over here every now and again!

7 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, another lucky Brisbane teacher! I'm a teacher n Melbourne and very jealous of such a beautiful and thoughtful gift! She will certainly always treasure it!

carol fun said...

What a wonderful quilt! You have made an heirloom memory piece! She must be a wonderful teacher and you are a wonderful parent to do this. Simply beautiful!

Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous! It came up so lovely, good on you!
Jenni

circle retreat quilter said...

Michelle, you and the other Mumma's have just made this teachers year. With the kids involved, imagine in a few years time they will be all grown up and those lovely drawings remain. Fabulous.

twin fibers said...

Oh, what a wonderful gift! That's such a special reminder of all her students! Congratulations!

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I have been absolutely itching to see this quilt, Michelle - and it's so much sweeter than I could have imagined! You've done the most beautiful job - well done on a heartfelt idea that's had lots of love and gratitude sewn in. You're awesome! x

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

What a special gift! The children's drawing of their teacher are wonderful, and sweet. Great idea!