Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This week: Fish Beanbags

This week our classroom stitching continues as we begin to create fish beanbags.
First they have to trace, then cut their patterns. One girl has set out to create a "zebra fish".
Their stitching was taking over my desk...so now that many of them have grasped a few basic stitches, we've designated a table that they can sit together and stitch at once their work is done. 

 I'm most impressed with their individuality. I've relished in the fact that their creativity is untarnished and without boundaries of "right or wrong". They have each set out to create their very own little fish, like the little zebra fish above and I've noticed them to be terribly encouraging of one another.
 (I'll have to take some individual pictures tomorrow to show you our growing school of fish.)

You can see below, my little expert with the green fish, continues his love of stitching as he advances on to use the chain stitch to create flowers on his "Flower Fish". I chuckle as I hear him announce to the others: "Look at me! I'm such a professional." And of course, they all agree with him as they stop to inspect in awe his stitched flowers. ( I bought him his very own variegated thread and he is over the moon as he stitches and the thread changes colors.) 

Oh and that poor guy in the red shirt. He soooooo badly wants to learn how to sew...but for the life of him, can't thread a needle nor complete a basic running stitch. I finally packed him an"at home" kit in hopes someone at home can help get him started. 
I've seen no tongue in cheek concentration but they beg to stay in at recess to stitch and I've noticed their conversations are light and happy as they each focus intently on their own little project.
There's still many elephants in the works and I'll have to take a better "inventory" of everyone's progress tomorrow....as with thirty students, I'm sure I've missed someone or something. LOL!
Until then...happy stitching everyone! Thanks for stopping by and cheering us on.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Archives #158: Twin Size Quilts

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This week's theme is: TWIN SIZE Quilts

They measure about 68x88 and ya need about five yards of backing to finish a twin size quilt.
I knew exactly who I wanted to highlight for this week's post: Jasmine who blogs at Quilt Kisses.
As along with being a busy young mother of her adorable boys, she creates a home full of quilty love.


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happily Binding this Week

I have not one, but two quilt finishes ahead: 
The quilt on the left was donated to my classroom from Sharon. I got it quilted during spring break and the brown polka dot binding on today. I also quilted my H2H Pirate quilt and don't ya just love the little skull/cross bone binding I found to finish it?! Today was one of those days I just got going in the studio. Hubby used the afternoon to go pick up our outdoor fire place and I decided to stay home and spend the afternoon sewing. It felt soooo good!
I'm definitely looking forward to this slow stitching during evening TV this upcoming week and I'm looking forward to sharing these two finishes with you very soon. Until then....happy stitching! 
This week's theme: TWIN Size quilts.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

I've Created a Stitching Monster!

The stitching continues in Second Grade.
First the blanket stitch, then the chain stitch, followed by the running stitch.
This little guy loves stitching so much when I couldn't find my Creative stitching book 
and asked if anyone had seen it...he exclaimed, "I'm using it for silent reading!!"
(So of course I had to take a picture of it tucked in his desk!)
He is now "my assistant" and helps me teach the other students. 

It's rewarding to see the elephant parade continue.
 .I especially love how these noses actually roll up!
Creative Stitching has certainly become a relaxing transition between subjects.
If you could be a fly on the wall, what are you curious about as the children learn to stitch?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Archives #157: T-Shirt Quilts

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This week's theme is: T-Shirt Quilts

One from my own archives:
This one ended up being auctioned off as a school fundraiser and brought in almost $350.00.
That be said, this is the only T-shirt quilt I've made.I wish I had a picture of my son-in-laws, as it's beautiful and was made from him by his grandmother for his high school graduation. 
T-shirts certainly make for a wonderful graduation gift.

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