I have been teaching at my school for 10 years now! Can you believe that? It has gone quickly, and before I know it, I will have been teaching for another decade. It has not always been easy; there are definite ups and downs in teaching. But I know I am in the right place; I am an educator and always will be in some form or fashion.
Each year I have taught an Art Club for my oldest students. We meet before school, and it has been a great way for me to start my day! These students are motivated and excited to create, and because it's smaller than a class, more intimate but also more independent. We have a tradition of having an Art Club t-shirt, designed by a club member.
To celebrate my first decade of teaching, I asked my quilter mother-in-law to help me create a t-shirt quilt. She does not like t-shirt quilts, but agreed to help me. I called it a "daughter-in-law perk"!
Throughout the summer, I would drive an hour to her house for the day -- flexible scheduling, another perk! We could set our own schedule because I was on summer break and she is a small business owner who works from home. I saw my in-laws more than my husband, but I really enjoyed the time with them! It was really cool to see them both in their own creative elements. My mother-in-law quilts, and my father-in-law crafts leather. I enjoyed just observing their process, asking questions, and learning.
Here's our t-shirt quilt process in visuals :-)
Laying out the t-shirts & formulating a plan
Watching the leather work and listening to the rain
Cutting and Backing
Math is hard in the summertime!
Sewing the Top
Adding Border & Creating the Back
If you'd like to read more about our quilt, check out my mother-in-law's blog. She wrote more about the actual process. Quilts and Other Stuff
I'm looking forward to hanging this in my classroom! I just need to make time to go to the hardware store for a pipe/rod....
Thank you, Frances! I truly enjoyed the time together and the process of making a quilt. It's a wonderful way to celebrate my 10 years in teaching, and I will treasure the experience!