Friday, December 11, 2015

Farewell Quilt


"Best Wishes Lucy!"



Photo taken in front of  'Room 2' where Mrs A has spent most of her time.
 I put together this lap quilt for my darling colleague Lucy Anderson, retiring from teaching after a stellar career, with more than 30 years at our school, most famously working with the junior pupils for the majority of that time. 

The famous-in-Edendale Mrs A of Team Kiwi in Room 2.


I asked many past and current pupils, staff-members and Board of Trustees chairpersons to write messages for Lucy and sewed them altogether in this quilt.


People wrote their messages with pencil and I wrote over-top with permanent fabric pens before sewing the squares together last weekend.


It was so cool to collect up all the messages and read the different memories, 
comments or quotes that everyone came up with!


It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside this gorgeous lady and to learn from her about how to conduct oneself as a professional and a facilitator of learning. Lucy has been a fantastic role-model and supporter for all of us at the school.

The quilt measures approx 58" sq and is made with fabric range 'Singing the Blues' from Spotlight.
It is a square-in-square design, based on a pattern called 'Vanilla Romance' that was
printed in magazine 'Handmade' Vol 29 No 5 2011
This was one of my 4th Quarter Finish Along goals!
The backing was made from the leftovers of the different fabrics
plus yardage of the blue peacock-feather style fabric (seen at top of photo).
I used a large all over stipple in the body of the quilt, with wavy lines in the border.

We will miss having you here at school with us everyday Loocee!
Nice to be sharing with visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday (oops, twice!) and also those visiting via Crazy Mom Quilts' Friday Night Finish It!

26 comments:

  1. What an amazing gift!!! That was so nice of you and it's wonderful that everyone wrote things, especially getting sentiments from so many different people. The quilt is beautiful, love the blues. Great border print.

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    1. Thanks Judy! It was cool reading the different messages alright!

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  2. Well done Mrs. A. Well done everyone who had a hand in the quilt. She will treasure it I'm sure.

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    1. She was totally rapt with it and had a lot of fun reading the messages. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. What a lovely and meaningful gift!

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    1. Cheers Megan, I had a lot of fun 'plotting' it!

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  4. What a wonderful gift for her. The colors and fabrics are beautiful, and the messages make it priceless.

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    1. Thanks Angela! As soon as I saw the fabrics in the shop I knew they'd be ideal for a quilt for Lucy.

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  5. What a very special gift to give someone very special! Cool having all the personal messages.

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    1. Cheers, Leeanne! Have a good weekend.

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  6. What an amazing gift! I love all the messages. Very cool.

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    1. Thanks Izzy, it was certainly a thrill to see how pleased she was to receive it.

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  7. Doesn't Mrs A look delighted with her quilt! What a marvelous gift you have made for her.

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    1. Thanks for that, she certainly was happy, it is a nice memento for her to keep.

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  8. Hi Gemini! This quilt is gorgeus! I love the colours, pattern and beautiful prints! But mostly the written squares - this is unique quilt and I'm sure your friend loves this! Have a wonderful Christmas time! x Teje

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    1. Thanks Teje, I really loved putting it all together for her, it was quite a community effort.

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  9. What a sweet idea. And so pretty, too!

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  10. What an absolutely beautiful quilt and labor of love. I bet she loves the blues!

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    1. Hiya, yes, the blues apparently go perfectly with the decor in the bedroom that she is planning to put the quilt - as soon as I saw the fabrics I thought of Lucy, so I guess it means I've got to know her pretty well in the past 14 years!

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  11. How kind of you to make that quilt. It will bring back may happy memories for Lucy. I love the blues and she looks like the kind of lady that would love blue too. It's a beautiful gift.

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    1. Thank you! I knew the colours would be perfect as soon as I spotted them, and looking at the leftovers I am thinking another project needs to be done soon!

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  12. Such a beautiful quilt and full of so many memories!

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    1. Definitely! It must be hard for you working at Spotlight with so much to tempt you to spend your hard-earned wages...I couldn't work there, or at a book shop LOL!

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  13. It's beautiful and such a lovely present! I'm visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad.

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    1. Cheers Leanne, thanks for checking it out!

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