Monday, October 5, 2009

The Gallery Grows

You probably already know the story about Jill and how she has turned my kids' childhood art into keepsake quilted pictures. If you don't, here's a brief recap.

When my daughter was in second grade, she had a teacher named Jill. That year was structured, interesting, and happy, and seven years later, my daughter still has great affection for that teacher. The next year, third grade, wasn't so happy. Actually, it was miserable for my daughter. In the spring of that unhappy school year, Jill gave my daughter a beautiful birthday gift. She took a picture my daughter had drawn as her 2nd grade self-portrait and turned it into a quilted wall hanging.

When our first son drew his 2nd grade self-portrait we hired Jill, and another quilted picture soon joined our entryway gallery. Aside from our teasing about his disembodied head, we really do cherish this memento of his childhood.
Last Friday, we added to our collection with our third child's 2nd grade self-portrait in quilted form. (He looks pretty happy despite his 103 fever.)

We have one more to go and are looking for our fourth child's 2nd grade self-portrait to come home soon so we can send it off to Jill. At that point, our collection should be complete.

As always, if you're interested in purchasing a quilted picture of your own, let me know.


Decadent Housewife said...

That is so cool! Even the one with the "Apple Head"!

T said...

That is so cool! What a treasure you and your kids now have.

I've framed quite a few of my girls pieces - but there are a few that would make beautiful quilted pieces (not to mention Grandma gifts!). Do you mind sending me info (you can fb if you want).

I Am Woody said...

That is the coolest thing EVER!!

claudia said...

I love these quilts! I wish I had that talent. (I am forever relegated to squares and triangles in my quilts!)
You are so blessed to have "The Princess of School" in your life!

Checkered said...

I love what one person said of our home, "It's a museum of our children and their lives."

betty said...

that was a wonderful thing for Jill to do for your daughter and a wonderful tradition to carry on for your other kids! this is something that they can take with them when they "leave the nest" and hopefully carry the tradition on with their own kids too :)


Mental P Mama said...

Those are just wonderful! I may need to order one. Or two.

Gombojav Tribe said...

That is so fun!!!! What a GREAT idea!

Lucy and Ethel said...

That really is one of the neatest ideas I've ever seen! Some day - should I ever finish the book revision - I will have to clean house and retrieve all the pictures I've saved :)

Well, I'll probably have to break down and clean house, period.


Evansmom said...

That is one of the coolest things I have ever heard about. How lucky you are to have Jill!

Betty W said...

That is really cool! Love it! Such a special memory!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Such wonderful keepsakes!!!
103? Smiling?
Hope he is feeling better by now.

big hair envy said...

PLEASE send me Jill's info....via email OR FB. THANKS!!!

What a beautiful way to display the artwork of your children:) LOVE it! I'd like to have one done of Snow White's little preschool hand and footprints.