Last week was Little Man's last day of preschool for the year. He has one more year of preschool before kindergarten. He only went two days a week for 2 hours at at time, but it was a great year and he had a fantastic teacher.
I made Miss J a quilt to thank her for a wonderful year. This was also Miss J's last year at preschool (she's planning on teaching elementary school next year) so I wanted to give a nice send-off. We will definitely miss her next year!
During our parent-teacher conference last month I not-so-subtley asked her what her favorite color was. Turquiose/aqua was the answer. While perusing my fabric stash my cuts of Lizzy House's 1001 Peeps line spoke to me. It's not exactly turquoise/aqua, but it has that feel. I've had the fabric in my stash for a while and haven't found the right application. I opted for a lap-sized I-Spy-like quilt. Miss J has 3 young kids so I thought the fabric would be fun for them.
It was cut and pieced exactly like the pink and gray quilt I made a couple months ago. I threw in some non-character prints to add more color (green and purple). So its not completely an I-spy quilt.
For the back I used a large piece of Robert Kauffman's Metro Living. I LOOOVE Metro Living fabrics and was happy to finally use a big chunk of it. I pieced a yardage cut in the upper left and some remaining blocks on the bottom. I really love how the back turned out.
I think it looks good enough to be a double-sided quilt. I did have some issues piecing the back together. I planned out the back in my head and didn't write anything down. A lot of the pieces were either too short or too long so I had to either add or subtract fabric as I went along. Moral of the story....write the dimensions down, don't try to remember everything.
While I was making this I kept singing songs from Disney's Aladdin. I quilted with simple, straight lines on the diagonal. (Surprise!!)
I also had a hard time photographing this quilt. The colors never looked correct. Every adjustment to my camera affected more than one color. I promise the green isn't that yellowish and the purple isn't that brownish.
Little Man had a lot of fun playing with the quilt after it was finished. He posed for some pictures for Miss J, and then we played I-spy and finally made a fort.
Thanks for a great year, Miss J!