Today is Aidin's 100th day of school for the year. She had to come up with a project using 100 things. We thought and thought about what we could make that was more creative than sticking 100 stickers on a piece of poster board. Suddenly we realized we could use 100 pieces of fabric and make a mini-quilt. That got us both excited.
So she chose 20 different fabrics from my scrap bag. I cut 5 2in. squares of each fabric. She decided she wanted her fabrics arranged in diagonal lines, like a quilt of her daddy's that was made by his Aunt Cindy. She matched the fabrics up in pairs and laid out the lines on my cutting mat.
She then helped me stack up the rows and sat on my lap helping me sew them. She knows all about sewing with right sides together. She handed me each new piece in the row, lined it up, dropped the presser foot and held the thread tails out of the way. When each row was sewn, she helped me press the seams.
She picked the backing fabric (solid royal blue) and helped me pin the layers together. She selected the colors for the border and the ties. She helped to stitch a few of the ties in place and hand-stitched part of the binding.
And yes, I did most of the work, but she made all the choices - and it was fun to collaborate on her project. She was very proud and she learned a great deal - about math, about sewing, about planning things out. We have plans for this.... but you'll have to wait and see.
And if the 100th day of school isn't exciting enough, it is also Kansas Day - the 147th birthday of our fine free state. I've been singing "I'm a sunflower from the Sunflower State" all day. I was going to link you to a local radio commentary I heard this morning about famous Kansas songs, but it isn't up on the radio station web site. Drat.
I love Kansas Day. It is hokey as all get out, but I love being from Kansas. When I lived in India, I could always count on people knowing the Wizard of Oz, and when we visited Australia (just after the movie Twister came out) we got asked about tornadoes by nearly everyone we met. But no matter how far I have roamed in my life, Kansas will always be home.
And with that in mind, let me also inform you that this here post, that is rapidly reaching epic proportions, is my 300th post on typepad. (I've quit counting the posts I did on my first blogger blog. I reached an audience of about 12 over there.) And thanks to those 12 of you that are still reading and to those who have more recently stumbled this way. I do so appreciate your comments, your friendship, your inspiration and your support.
And to show my appreciation I have a little give-away - for not one, not two, but three winners. I'll draw three names from comments left by
2:00 CST on Wednesday afternoon 3:00 Friday afternoon (I'm buried at work! No time to blog this week.) The winners will receive a little Kansas embroidered piece* from me plus some extra goodies.
So please de-lurk, leave a comment and have a great (Kansas) day!
*and for you Mizzou fans, I promise it won't be an embroidered Jayhawk!