Thursday, April 20, 2017

I've Created a Stitching Monster!

The stitching continues in Second Grade.
First the blanket stitch, then the chain stitch, followed by the running stitch.
This little guy loves stitching so much when I couldn't find my Creative stitching book 
and asked if anyone had seen it...he exclaimed, "I'm using it for silent reading!!"
(So of course I had to take a picture of it tucked in his desk!)
He is now "my assistant" and helps me teach the other students. 

It's rewarding to see the elephant parade continue.
 .I especially love how these noses actually roll up!
Creative Stitching has certainly become a relaxing transition between subjects.
If you could be a fly on the wall, what are you curious about as the children learn to stitch?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Archives #157: T-Shirt Quilts

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This week's theme is: T-Shirt Quilts

One from my own archives:
This one ended up being auctioned off as a school fundraiser and brought in almost $350.00.
That be said, this is the only T-shirt quilt I've made.I wish I had a picture of my son-in-laws, as it's beautiful and was made from him by his grandmother for his high school graduation. 
T-shirts certainly make for a wonderful graduation gift.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Grow Laughter...

Hoping you had a wonderful Easter weekend. 
Our grand guy is getting so big and is developing the funniest personality.
He makes us laugh. Like that tears in our eyes laughter. 
I love that!!
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And besides....
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When is the last time your had a good belly laugh?
Join us tomorrow. Our theme is: T-Shirt Quilts
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Friday, April 14, 2017

My Class Fell in Love with Stitching!

Oh it was so fun to watch my second graders tackle their stitching project this week.

They each had to carefully measure18" of embroidery thread...
This little guy was soooo excited he brought his project home each night and 
ended up stitching two of these elephant pouches pictured below and is now "my helper".

I had this little felt elephant pattern from when I was young, and thought it was the perfect project for my students especially as I had a ton of felt and thread, so super cost effective for me. 

Most of them easily caught on to the blanket stitch of which they used to stitch the edges of their elephant. If not, I taught them the running stitch. Once the edges were done, they then had to fold the flap up and stitch it down to create the pocket.

This was the hardest part as the kids were using a crewel needle and had to stitch through two layers.
But they did it!
Once they were done stitching, I cut two straight holes above the pockets and sewed two buttons to each of their pockets to create the closure and elephant eyes! Oh your guys, the kids LOVED this little project so much that next week I'm going to teach them the chain stitch as they want to continue to sew and add stitches to their little felt elephant. 
I'll share more next week...as there are many more elephants in the works...
and I think you'll be as amazed as me by their progress. 
PS: If you would like a copy of the elephant pattern please feel welcome to email me with your snail mail address and I'd be glad to mail an elephant template your way.
Happy, happy stitching for sure!!
Next week's theme is: T-Shirt Quilts
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Archives #156:Tools

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This week's theme is: TOOLS

My favorite tool is....

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My Beam N Read!
It's little strap goes right around your neck. It's ran by four AA batteries and has two light settings.       (I think it even came with a magnifying glass??) Love it!


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