Usually in these early years of school, the children have a mascot or class teddy bear to share. They all get to take a turn bringing him home. Last year, in Kindy, we got to keep the bear for the whole weekend. The bear travels around with you for the weekend for zoo visits, a ride on a train/ferry/bus etc and you take a few pics with the bear and pop them in a scrapbook. The scrapbook makes for an interesting read! I love reading kids accounts of things :)
Anyway ... this year when my daughter realised there was a bear to bring home we had a little dialogue that went like this:
Daughter: Mum! Can we make a special quilt for Benji (the teddy bear) so he will be comfy in my bed?
Me: Sure! (thinking we'll have him all weekend and it would be a nice mother/daughter thing to do).
Daughter: Great Mum! You're the best!
Me: I know
Husband: Rolls his eyes
Is this story sounding familiar to any of my regular visitors?
So .... it's our turn to have Benji.
Daughter: Mum! It's my turn with Benji!!!!!!! (she was super excited)
Me: That's awesome sweetheart! (thinking ... hang on it's Thursday? Last year we got the bear on a Friday and brought him back on Monday - alarm bells ringing)
Me asking the Teacher: So we document in the scrapbook and bring Benji back on Monday?
Teacher: No, bring him back tomorrow.
Me: Sorry, did you say tomorrow?
Teacher: Yup, just take a picture of him having dinner with you or something, you don't have to do anything fancy.
Daughter: I can't wait to make him his quilt!
Here we go again ...
|Bringing Benji Home from School|
After scrummaging through my meagre excuse for a scraps bin, it was decided that Benji shall have a blue quilt "because he's a boy mum" ... alrighty then.
I, luckily, had recently purchased some alphabet fabric called Potluck by American Jane Patterns for Moda from @cotton_factory_destash (Instagram account) so we used the letters to spell out his name ... see? Quilting is educational for kids!
The letters are 3" square so I chopped up the blue scraps into 3" squares to match. Then left it to my daughter to lay out in a grid of 7x7 (maths education - tick!).
I didn't worry about fabric placement or layout ... this was supposed to be her "thing" after-all.
I did all the sewing, quilting, binding, yawning and swearing myself though.
My daughter hasn't had a turn on my sewing machine yet and well, by the time she sorted all the squares it was time for DBBB (dinner, bath, book, bed).
So we popped some pics in the scrapbook of her laying out the squares and I told her that I would tuck Benji in with his new quilt after she went to sleep.
True to my word ....
Guess what happened when she woke up the next morning?
Daughter: Mum I feel sick, my ear is sore and my throat is burning ...
Me: Oh ... no school for you today bub. Looks like Benji is staying with us for the whole weekend after-all ...
|Backing fabric is "A is For ..." purchased for Textile Traders Australia|
Next time, before pulling an all-nighter sewing a teddy's quilt, I'll remember to check my crystal ball.
... and yes, my husband did laugh at me again ...
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