I don't usually do big teacher gifts. Heck, by the last day of school, I'm lucky if I can manage a candy bar and a thank you card. But, this year I made an exception. All three of my kids have had the same remarkable Kindergarten teacher. She's taught them not just to read, but to love reading. She's taught them to love school and learning. She's helped them become the awesome little people that they are. She's amazing. So I made her a quilt.
I pulled all the blue fabrics first and thought it looked a little flat. So, I added in grey, then yellow and finally green. As I started sewing, I realized it was like a perfect summer day- green grass, blue skies, sunshine, and maybe a few clouds in the afternoon so things don't get too boring.
I started out following CluckCluckSew's Scrappy Strips Quilt Tutorial. As I started putting blocks up on my design wall, I started to worry that it was busier than what I was going for. She's a kindergarten teacher, for heaven's sake- she needs all the calm she can get. So, I changed up the layout and went with stacked coins and white sashing instead. Plus side of the change was adding the sashing meant I had leftover blocks. They've already been sewn together into a cute little baby quilt top. Score- two quilts in one!
Now I'm going to go and try not to think about the fact that my littlest baby had his last day of kindergarten today. Because if I think about it too much, I'm going to get a little weepy. I mean, look at these kids. When exactly did they get so big?
Also, the quilt was gifted this morning and she seemed to really like it. Mission accomplished.