Friday, May 10, 2013

Teacher Appreciation

If you read my last post, you know I had in mind to make this for teacher appreciation:

My friend Mandy accuses me of making everything harder than it has to be, and I'm beginning to suspect she's right. I decided I wanted them in a circle, like a dresden wedge. Perfectly cute pattern as it is, and it's not like I just had a ton of time for this project, so I should have left well enough alone, but I didn't. I made 20 pencils, put strips of white down each edge & proceeded to try to make a dresden out of them. It wasn't pretty. There's a reason there is no picture of them included in this post.

But in explaining my project to Mandy, she had a much better idea & even sketched it out for me:

I wish I'd had a bit more time on this project, because there are parts I'm not quite happy with, but overall I think the design is absolutely adorable.

I stitched in the ditch and around the "pencils" with gray to make stand out more:

And then I did some organic outlining in white thread.

And finally, in honor of its designer, I bound it in pink polka dots.

 If you knew Mandy, you'd know nothing else would do. And if you knew me, you'd know that despite spending hours on this, I never once considered what I'd wrap it in. And in fact, forgot completely about it until after I had my daughter buckled in her booster seat.

So, a minimalist ribbon it is...

I hope she likes it. And I hope I get to do another one, more slowly and carefully next time.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for her Finish it Friday series.


  1. It's so freakin' cute! And the pink polka dot binding... couldn't be more perfect. I love the minimalist ribbon, but had to laugh as I pictured your last minute scramble to wrap it - so typical of you!

  2. Wow! This is so cute! And why is it that we spend all this time on mini quilts, then totally neglect the wrapping? I do this all the time! :)

  3. Has turned out beautifully I am sure the teacher will be thrilled with it!

  4. So cute! I want to try the original design!

  5. Mega lovely stuff going on here. I love your pencils!

  6. Can i be your kid's teacher please? :-)
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