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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Time to Get Inspired- It's Needle and Thread Thursday!

Or, maybe I should say inspire me, because that's what you do each and every week!  I'm sure this week will be just as fabulous.

Personally, I've been spending my time elsewhere for the most part.  Yep, you guessed it- in my classroom.  It's almost finished.  I just have a few finishing touches to add when I get my list of students.

After finishing my French Quarter Charm quilt earlier this week, I did accomplish a little bit of sewing, though some of it is still school related.  My principal decided that our school's front lobby needed a makeover and enlisted the help of several teachers with various creative skills.  I sewed these cute panels to dress up the gray cubicle around the front desk.  I can't take credit for the burlap hanger though!

Because the whole front area is in a bit of disarray with the facelift in progress, I couldn't really photograph the panels in their entirety, but there are 5 of them surrounding the desk area.  They're made of duck cloth, which I've never sewed before, so that was a new experience.  I was glad to do my part for my fantastic school!

Just today, I've been super busy making four patches and turning them into disappearing four patches.  I have to make a total of 80 of them for my next quilt, and I'm over halfway done.  More on that later!

Lastly, I know this is a quilting blog, so I won't wear you out with details, but I can't help sharing a few pictures of where I've been spending most of my time these last few days.

I will let you know that our school was built in the early 1970's (I think), so we aren't equipped with a sprinkler system.  As such, lots of the cute fabricy things I would like to do are a no-no according to our fire marshal.  We're also severely limited on the amount of wall space we can have covered with posters and stuff.  So, I just have to work to make it cute within the parameters I've been given.

Check it out-

I can't wait to get my list of students and finish it up!

Soooo...last week's party was filled with fabulousness.  Here are a few things that I especially loved-

Jan at Sew and Sow Farm shared this Civil War Sampler made with Pam Kitty Love fabrics.  I love the bright modern twist on this traditional design.

Diann at Little Penguin Quilts shared her finished Scrappy Trip top.  I'm such a sucker for a Scrappy Trip.  I think I'm going to have to make one soon!

And Sarah, from Sarah Quilts linked this really cool applique project.  I love the whimsical feeling of this!

So, on to this week's party!  Don't forget the guidelines-

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others.
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link. (the NTT button is on my sidebar)
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!


  1. Kelly, thank you for featuring my Scrappy Trip quilt in your post this week! I feel very honored! Love the pictures of your classroom, too. I was at my school today meeting our new principal. It won't be long and I'll be setting things up there, too. Here we go!

  2. Your classroom looks great, Kelly! I bet your students are going to love it!

  3. Your classroom looks so colorful and fun! Love your disappearing four patch. The colors are fantastic!

  4. Your classroom is so colorful. The children will learn with a lot more pleasure.

  5. Thanks for the shout out! :)

    Love the classroom! Brings back so many good memories from being a student myself. Those kids are lucky to have you!

  6. Some of us are still on summer break!!! LOL!! (Love your book section) And beautiful picks from last week.

    Val @

  7. What a cute classroom! I could totally learn stuff there. We're year round, so my daughter already several weeks into the school year. I think school in the summer is my favorite because the after school run around the world every afternoon stuff hasn't started yet.

  8. The classroom looks very inviting, the kids will love it! And that civil war sampler quilt is wonderful too, thanks for sharing :)

  9. Love your D4P's, can't wait to see more! I've got D9P's on the go right now, i haven't reached the chopity chopity stage yet but i'm getting close!
    Your classroom is wonderful! I hope when Sammy and Max start school they'll be lucky enough to be in a classroom as amazing as this!

  10. kelly! you're classroom is ADORABLE! I love setting up a classroom. That is the best feeling :)

  11. Thanks for the little peek inside your classroom. I agree, it's too bad about the fabric restrictions. If we covered the walls with quilts, they would be great sound baffles I think. One of my best friends was a grade 5 teacher and each year she had a fabulous mural painted in a corner of her room. She put a sofa and bookshelves there too and it was a nice little reading corner for the students.
    I might not be able to join the Thursday fun this week. I'm going to Victoria with friends to enjoy the Buskers Festival. We go every year, it's fantastic!
    But I'll enjoy having a look around at all the other Needle and Thread entries!! :)

  12. I love those fabrics you've used on the D4P's, very pretty! Can't wait to see more of that quilt! :o)

  13. Those soft, sweet fabrics are simply scrumptious! Can't wait to see your D4P quilt.... And knowing you, I won't have to! Your classroom looks fun! Makes me wish I was going back to school. Let me know if you ever want to scrappy trip... and I'll come along, Kelly!


  14. I don't know why I wasn't expecting you to be organized in every area! That is one neat classroom with lots of cool stuff. I bet you are a favorite. The office area looks super cute with those chevrons too! Thanks for the linky partay!

  15. Most be great to be a little student in your classroom!
    Didn´t I say so before too?
    Thanks for hosting the linky party!

  16. Your classroom looks great! You are one talented person!!

  17. Hi Kelly!
    Your classroom is so inspiring! Rooms like yours makes students want to go to school! Super super cute!
    And thank you for featuring my PKL Civil War quilt this week. And sorry I am late to the party - still having internet issues.It has taken all day to write my post and I started last night!
    xo jan

  18. Setting up a classroom is hard work; yours looks great! What grade do you teach? School officially starts (back to school day for teachers) on August 15. I work most of the week before then. Have a happy first day & week! I like your disappearing nine patch fabric: pretty, pretty.

    1. Thank you so much! It is hard work, but it's fun to do. I teach 3rd grade. Have a happy start to the school year too! Also, I'm so glad you like the disappearing four patches. They feel so spring/summery to me!

      :) Kelly
      ps- you're a no-reply blogger so I'm responding here!

  19. Your room is so organized! Lovely lovely!!


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