So my daughters decide that I have to make their teachers a quilt. Oh DEAR!!!!! I compromised with them by saying I would make a baby-sized quilt as a wall hanging. Cause the last day of school is June 18th!!! Luckily, they agreed.
I emailed the teachers to play off each other asking what they liked. Did they like cats, dogs, coffee, beaches, gardening.....anything that I could use as a theme or color pattern for the quilts. I got answers back and scoured the Internet looking for fat quarters that matched the themes.
Both teachers like coffee. Go figure. It is Rhode Island and we have a Dunkin Donuts on every corner. We created coffee syrup flavoring. We eat coffee ice cream. But finding coffee fat quarters was driving me batty. There is an AWESOME fabric collection coming out in August. But that does me jack-diddly right now.
So last night, we jumped over to Joann's to see what fat quarter bundles they had. Not much. Sigh.
But Amanda grabbed a bundle of fat quarters and INSISTED that Mrs Elizabeth, her one-to-one aide, NEEDED this fabric. It was bright. It was metallic birds in jewel colors. I needed 6 and it only had 5, so Amanda picked a random yellow to go with it. I wheedled. I showed other suggestions. One other pretty one she said would be for Mrs Murphy, but Mrs Elizabeth NEEDED this. So it came home with us.
Amanda has Autism. She gets fixated on certain things. One of the things she is insistent on is STYLE. She has a very defined sense of style for a 6 yr old. Mrs Elizabeth has helped make the last half of Amanda's school year so successful. We were so worried that she would not be able to make the year in an integrated setting and Mrs Elizabeth certainly helped make it happen. Without the support and effort of Mrs Murphy and Mrs Elizabeth, Amanda would have had a much worse year. And we want to show our gratitude.
I posted on Facebook asking for opinions:
So after the girls got on the bus, I sewed the squares into rows and sewed the rows together.
|In all its glory|
|Put on your sunglasses!|
Would your child's teacher or aide have appreciated this? Would you?