The Books Quilt – Teacher Gifts

Teacher quilt gifts

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I made teacher quilts this year. At this point I had two different teachers who each taught 3 of my children. That alone merited something special. We had one teacher in particular this year worthy of sainthood. Since I can’t officially bestow that status, I decided that a quilt was my next best option.

Library Books quilt

This teacher, Miss K, has been a blessing to our family as she has taught my three oldest children. My oldest is 17 now and she still goes back to visit this teacher 5 years later. Miss K has a huge classroom library – she loves to read and loves helping her students love to read, helping them find books that interest them. Over the past 5 years, we have borrowed more books than I can count, so when I saw this book-inspired-quilt made by Cristina, I knew I needed to make something similar for Miss K!

Orange navy brown fabric

Miss K’s favorite color is orange so I decided to start with that color. I added some blue because those are the school colors and threw in a little brown to give the quilt some contrast and because I liked how it looked. 🙂

Books Quilt Paperclip fabric border

This is a really fun quilt to make.

A) It was fun to just pull from my stash. I grabbed most of my oranges and started cutting them up. The entire quilt (backing included) was all from my stash. Nice. I even had this awesome orange paper-clip yardage that I’d picked up last year. It turned out to be a perfect border for an orange teacher quilt!

Books Quilt strip piecing

B) It’s a  deceptively quick project because of strip-piecing. After sewing long strips together, you cut the individual “books” in different widths and then line them up and sew them together. Cristina’s tutorial on the Missouri Star Quilt Co blog is so helpful and got me started.  I modified it a little as I went, but definitely took all my inspiration from that post.

Bookshelf quilt-001

I had just a tiny bit of that castle fabric from sewing samples for Quilt Market with Sarah Jane’s new Magic collection coming out this summer. Since half the books we borrow are some kind of fantasy genre, the castles felt perfect for book spines.

Books quiltA huge thanks to my friend Monica for doing the quilting for me so that I could finish it before the last day of school. I finished binding it that morning, threw the quilt on my fence for some pictures, and ran out the door.

Quilt Label

I’m most proud that I remembered to add a label. I used the custom labels from Modern Yardage and it turned out perfect!

Books QuiltIt was so fun to deliver this quilt. I’m so thankful for all Miss K. has done for each of my kids, but this year was particularly meaningful.  My 12-year-old was diagnosed with ADD last year. He has struggled in school for the past few years. In spite of having an extra-large class already, Miss K. made a huge difference to my son – his progress this year was amazing. The last week of school he found out his teacher had chosen him as Student of the Month for his class – this was the first time he’d been chosen since the 2nd grade. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t cry.IMG_4913

Three of my kids had another wonderful teacher over the years, Mrs. M, and we gave her this quilt (since it also went well with school colors!) Both of these women have blessed our family immensely. It was gratifying to give them something I made as a representation of my gratitude, but honestly, it was such a drop in the bucket compared to what I really owe them. Three cheers for good teachers!

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    June 5, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Beautiful quilts 🙂 yes, there is nothing like a good teacher. We have the best teacher at the moment for my twin girls! Our school year doesn’t finish till the end of the year though, so I may still have time to make her something special

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    June 5, 2016 at 6:22 am

    What a thoughtful and beautiful gift! I LOVE the orange paper-clip border … very appropriate! 🙂

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    Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
    June 5, 2016 at 6:35 am

    This quilt is all sorts of fabulous! I especially appreciate that it’s an all-stash quilt and incorporates brown fabric, which always gets a short shrift. Yay for your just-in-time finish!

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    June 5, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Absolutely beautiful gifts for beautiful people!

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    June 5, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Love hearing stories behind a quilt, why you used certain fabric, who it is for. I’d be lying if I said this one didn’t make me tear up too! What a way to honor a great teacher.

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    Brenda Irwin
    June 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Wow! My daughter is a teacher and I know how much this reognition means. What a great gift.

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    June 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    What a blessing. So thoughtful of you.

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    Karen Seitz
    June 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Great story (ha – pun intended!), great quilts, and great teachers. Thanks for sharing them all with us!

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    June 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for such a lovely post! The quilt is so lovely and thoughtful! And I appreciate the links to the tutorial and the quilt labels!

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    June 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I bet they loved them , how thoughtful :). I made my sons teachers all kisslock coin purses, I hope it’s a little something to remind them how much we all appreciate them !

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    June 6, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Love it! The two “me” things in my life, books (I work in the children’s department at a local library) and quilting, shared in the same thing, I’m adding this to my “really-want-to-make” list! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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    June 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

    You continue to amaze me with your creativity. I’m sure the teacher was thrilled … Super nice gift!

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    June 6, 2016 at 8:45 am

    What a sweet tribute to two special teachers!

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    June 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    So sweet, Amy. I know she is so proud to have it. There are some very very good teachers out there. It is great to have them.

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    June 7, 2016 at 12:16 am

    These are fabulous presents, but it sounds like they are well deserved too. Some teachers are extra special and I still look back fondly at some of the ones that taught my children, the ones that made a huge difference will never be forgotten. x

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    June 7, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Thank you for this great inspiration – I think I’ve just got enough time to make a wall hanging mini version before my son finishes his exams and says goodbye to his lovely German teacher ☺

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    Katy M
    June 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Oh this is just perfect! As a library assistant I’ll have to make myself one!

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