It Takes a Village by Terryt1955

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Top Assembled
Started:
2014-05-21T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

One of my daughters will be teaching for her first time this fall and she asked if I could help decorate her classroom. She wants to set up a Reading Corner and I though immediately of making a wall hanging. When I saw this Suburbs pattern I knew I had found the perfect thing. I'm entitling it "It Takes a Village" because as we all know it definitely does when it comes to teaching small children. She will be teaching 3rd grade so it's not as if it's puppy training when she was student teaching for the 2nd graders!

06.20.14 Top is done! Now I' stuck on how to quilt all this negative space. For a strictly straight line quilter this is a challenge for me. Initially I thought I was going to put  inspiring words in the empty blocks but I'm no longer leaning that way. I might embroider trees? IF I knew how to embroider! So does one embroider before making the quilting sandwich or do the embroidery after the top is quilted??????? Anyone have suggestions?

Pictures

Top is finished.
Love the Michael Miller sky fabric!

Loves

Caribousmom
janepez
threadovmetal
Emmajb
Readerowl
Skynme

Comments

Skynme

This is going to be super cute for her classroom.

Skynme

I wanted to make and donate this book quilt for the children's section of the library, but haven't had the time yet. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/03/read-with-me-quilt.html

You could always make her two quilts and then she could rotate them out...and wash all those little germs off LOL

Terryt1955

Yes yes yes!! Erica you are on a roll today! I will definitely make her a "book" wall hanging. Thanks so much for the link. I've even probably Pinned it before but it didn't dawn on me. Duh!

Readerowl

They will love it (the 3rd graders) - your daughter will love it. I love it.

Terryt1955

Readerowl Thanks, I hope so!

Sizzlewaggle

What a great gift for your daughter. This is a very cute quilt idea. And good for your daughter! Mine is a teacher too, just completed her 3rd year teaching high school math.

True

Oh I love this quilt and love your fabrics. This will be so special for her first classroom!

Terryt1955

True Thanks and now that Skynme linked me to the adorable book quilt I will be making one of those as well.Her classroom is going to be so cute. Makes me wish I was going to be teaching with her....

Terryt1955

Sizzlewaggle Wow, I can't imagine what it would be like to teach high school math. Now that is brave!!

Joke

I've always liked this pattern but I'm torn on making it vs making a Dwell!

Terryt1955

Joke I know, I think Dwell is super cute too! Suburbs won because the night I bought it they didn't have Dwell....Either one is super cute so you can't lose!

Skynme

I'm glad I could contribute to your sewing addiction lol. Here room is going to be the envy of everyone.

Terryt1955

Carolmarie Thanks! I've never made applique letters before so that will be y biggest challenge.

HawkFan

Such a cute idea and the kids will love it. Your daughter better hope her fellow teachers aren't as bad as the ladies here on ThreadBias always threatening to walk off with beautiful quilts like this LOL

Terryt1955

HawkFan smile. Maybe I'll have to make another one to be auctioned off!

Terryt1955

Carolmarie Thanks and no I am completely stumped on the quilting part. I don't do FMQ so it really limits me :(

HawkFan

You asked about embroidery - I would do it before the sandwich. As for quilting, I'm in the same boat as you Terry - what about a spiral? That seems to look good with lots of tops. Love the top, by the way!

True

Oh I love this quilt! And yes of you embroider do as Audrey says and do it before to hide knots. You could also make trees with you machine...it is possible without having to do FMQ. And how about organic straights lines going one way only at varying widths?

Terryt1955

Carolmarie True HawkFan Thansk for the embroidery before-hand tip. I have this picture in my mind of trees and clouds (yes Carol) and to do it in a bright aqua color since that color is prevailing. Now that I know to do it first I'll have to figure out how to embroider!
True , I'm curious how would you do trees with the machine? I can see doing the organic lines for the tree trunk but how would you handle the canopy part?

True

Terryt1955 now I am making this up as I go but you could draw a top of a tree...and then quilt on the line...you would have to take it slow but bet it could be done. Now with FMQ you could do a sketchy stitch like I did on my bird mug rugs and it would work as well.

True

Like this but all with stitches... http://weefolkart.com/?q=node/316

Skynme

Terryt1955 this is so pretty, and its coming together quickly...just love it! True Love the tree and flowers from your link

Terryt1955

Thanks +skyme! I'm at a standstill right now deciding how to quilt it. Been practicing drawing some trees to embroider in the plain blocks an getting up the nerve to transfer it to fabric.

Caribousmom

How did I miss this!??!? Love, love, love! And regarding quilting...I remember in the shop they quilted duplicate houses in the negative space - the outline of them. You could do that or the trees like you were thinking. Either would be so great!

Terryt1955

Caribousmom Yes I remember that house quilting to thinking it was a great idea. I might alternate between trees and houses... I'll have to practice first and see which looks better. But I'm glad I'm not going to have to tackle FMQ!!!! I am such a chicken!

Terryt1955

Caribousmom Oh and thanks for loving it!

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