It’s Q Week in Graham’s preschool class. And that can only mean one thing: it’s time to take our ABC quilt to school!
As I pulled it out of the cabinet today, I realized that I’ve not blogged about this quilt. It’s a fun story that is worth sharing, I think.
These blocks were made waaaaay back in May 2010 in one of the bees I belonged to at the time. Each of the 11 other members made two letter blocks from the two fabrics I sent them. For example, one person made the F&S blocks, alternating which fabric was the letter and which was the background. I gave them a few resources online and in print form, but at the time there were not nearly the number of letter patterns out there as there are today. I’ve listed a few at the end of the post for anyone interested in doing something similar.
I got the blocks back right around the time we were packing up and moving from Kansas City to San Diego for our year long adventure there. I took them with me and finished the quilt top in January 2011 and gave it to my friend Angela Walters, along with a long list of words to quilt into each block.
Then I started my pattern business and kept bumping up other quilts of mine in line ahead of this one, so it wasn’t until January 2013 that we got around to the ABCs. Eleanor’s preschool class’ Q Week was looming! I think I actually texted a photo of the preschool class calendar to Angela as my official request to quilt it! Ha!
Angela did a fantastic job working in all of those words. There are names of family members (cousins, aunts, uncle, grandparent nicknames, etc), cities we lived in at the time (Kansas City and San Diego) and things the kids were into (trucks, swimming). It’s sort of like an I Spy.
I realize some letter teaching purists might call out the fact that the letters are wonky and many of the words are in cursive- not the type that they see or learn in preschool. But I don’t care. It’s such a fun quilt to share with others. In fact, Graham’s teachers approached me about bringing it before I could even offer! Eleanor’s teachers from the year before had told them about it!
Like all quilts I make, it’s meant to be USED! I left it with Graham’s teachers this morning with instructions to keep it all week, let them sit, stand, roll and jump around on it (minus shoes!) and I’ll just wash it up at the end of the week. The teachers always come up with great games to use with it.
The backing fabric from an old Cosmo Cricket line (called Girl Friday) was the actual inspiration for the quilt. I used a coordinating stripe from the line as the binding. The Kona solids are: jade, primrose, melon, tangerine, buttercup, olive, papaya, peony, canary and aqua.
If you’re looking for letter making resources, you are in luck! Here are a few you could use:
Elizabeth Hartman’s Refrigerator Magnets
Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci
Moda’s Spell it with Fabric blog hop (happening now!)
If you have another letter making resource, please share in the comments!