Sunday, May 7, 2017

2 & a Half Weeks to Go!

 The end of the school year is a very hectic and stressful time for teachers. We are counting down to summer more than the kids! There are gobs of field trips, end of the year parties, and retirements. One of my schools has four people retiring and they traditionally make quilts for all retirees. I offered to make one of them. There are the two blocks I embroidered for it.
I had 28 blocks, so I just spent the day sewing them together. Right now, it measures 31.5 x 53.5 inches. John loves green, so I am going to pick up a darker green for an outer border.
I have this amazing Amy Butler fabric that I want to use for the backing. I plan on just quilting around the blocks as this will just be a memory/display quilt.  John's fiancee, Patrick, is a quilter, so I know they appreciate designer fabrics. It is my May OMG Goal to have this quilt done for the retirement celebration on 5/17. Here are everyone's goals:
I am helping out my friend and fabric store owner with some binding becauseI love o bind while watching TV. She had another customer quilt several quilts with her new longarm and needed some help with binding. I did this one for her.
Here is its back--the quilting is very nice. I think the longarm is all computerized. 
 Here is the other quilt I finished the binding on.
This one was quilted with different sized swirls. It is gorgeous! I may need to get her to quilt one of my UFOs for me soon. I have two more quilts to bind, so that will be my Slow Sunday Stitching this evening. Check out everyone else's stitching here:

Have a great week!



  1. What a fun quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  2. I love binding too! Fantastic job on the retirement quilt!

  3. This is definitely a busy time for teachers snd I can't believe you continue to finsh things up. I'm sure your list for summer sewing is long with wonderful new projects.

  4. I love to hand sew binding on, too. I find it very relaxing. I'm sure you have a ton of projects ready for summer vacation. Is your daughter coming home from college soon?

  5. The end of year quilts are a fantastic idea for those retiring. And the quilts you finished are fantastic. How nice it is of you to help with the binding. These are some lovely quilts.

  6. What a sweet gift to give to retiring teachers! I'm sure John will love what you all have done for him. My hubby and I are vacationing in S. Carolina, and took the ferry out to Fort Sumter from Charleston this afternoon, along with about 100 3rd graders all in their school t-shirts. It just cracked me up that we are all the way across the country, and May is still the same! Have a great end of the yesr, Tanya!

  7. I agree, the end of the school year is always a crazy time. Good luck finishing the gift quilt. The greens look good.
    And lovely work with all the extra binding. It is a good way to check out the skills of the quilter.

  8. Maybe not for you but seems like this past school year has flown by. You will soon have some great sewing time.

  9. Great progress. I enjoy binding also. Thanks for linking up with Moving it Forward.


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