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Back To School--Teacher Gift Idea

Back to school. I love that time of year. New backpacks. And books. And school supplies. Shoes. New clothes. It's all just so much fun...for the kids at least. This post includes a giveaway and links to other stops on today's back to school tour--so don't forget to read to the end for all that good stuff!

It's also a good time for sewing up new clothes for the kids. Last year I wrote about my favorite patterns for back to school. And this year I released my very first sewing pattern--a lunch bag (also a market tote). Now is the perfect time to sew a new tote as well! This month I'm offering a 50% discount on my pattern with the code BACK2SCHOOL2016 in my Etsy shop. Coupon is valid until the end of August 2016.

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Even though I homeschool my kids, I decided to participate in the back to school blog tour anyway. I mean we are always learning and growing, and we do officially start our new school year in August. BUT instead of making something for the kids, I made this apple core mini quilt, which I picked up from UpCraft Club. It's a perfect seasonal quilt or one that's perfect for anytime. 

I haven't quilted too much in my sewing career. I have made a couple rag quilts, also some quilts out of some amazing ModKid knit fabric. Last year I made a diamond quilt from an issue of One Thimble. I really love that one--the colors are amazing!
So mini quilts are really fun for me because they can be started and finished in one day (or several short sewing sessions). I happened to have an afternoon without any distractions, so I was able to finish it right away. And this pattern has instructions for making a larger quilt if you would prefer.
The instructions for this quilt are simple and straightforward. I have not sewn this type of block before with curves. Naturally I was a bit hesitant to use any of my really nice fabric, but I just went ahead and used this lovely print that I really love. The instructions guided me to first cut strips of a certain width, cut them into squares, and then use the curved shapes to cut accurately. The quilt is a variation of the drunkards path. Once I had made one block, the others were really easy to churn out. The leaf shape and seeds are appliqued onto the quilt front after it is assembled.

I used solid white fabric for the background and the backing as well. The binding is the same print used in part of the apple. I also inserted pockets into the binding so I could hang it. I decided to quilt this mini quilt with a continuous spiral. It really wasn't as easy as I though it would be. And now I wish I had quilted with straight lines to be a contrast to the circular shape of the apple. But really, I'm quite pleased with the finished result.
I think I'm going to hang this in my kitchen area. I'm auditioning hanging spots, and I think I really like this one. (I received this pattern for free. I wasn't required to write a blog post about it, nor was I required to share about the pattern on social media. I only share with my readers those products and services that I love.)

What back to school sewing are you doing this year? Don't forget to check out UpCraft Club for all your sewing pattern needs!

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