This year, in addition to the normal duties of a Montessori teacher, I took on the role of Quilt-Maker. Every year, my school holds a spring fair and silent auction, and each class makes some sort of item to go up for auction. Traditionally, that item is a quilt.
Luckily, I had at least a little experience using a sewing machine before I took this on. I have sewed many fabric pouches to hold classroom materials like language cards and geography pictures. But a quilt is a whole other story. I enlisted the help of my artistic husband to help me draw patterns that the children would embroider (yes, embroider - remember, these are Montessori children we're talking about) on squares of fabric, then decorate with sequins and buttons. The children did a positively bang-up job on the embroidery
Embroidered squares, before sequin/button application and piecing it together.
After all of the squares were finished, it was up to me to put it all together. And for that job, I stumbled upon an unexpected helper