I meant to post a few more Market blogs last week, but I was a little busy trying to finish up a very special quilt. For the past few years, I have been volunteering in our elementary school library and have had the opportunity to get to know a very special lady – Mrs Luccaro, the school librarian. She is a most amazing person! Obviously as an elementary school librarian, it is her job to know the books. But Mrs. Luccaro knows more than just every single book in the library, she also knows every single child like a book! Casting off all stereotypes of a dull librarian, her fancy high heeled shoes and sparkly jewelry reflect a dynamic personality which casts its spell over her domain.
It is my fourth grader’s last year at the school, so when I spotted a pattern from www.BlockPartyStudios.com a few months back to make the perfect library quilt, I grabbed it. Although it’s the first quilt I’ve made from a pattern in a long time, I managed to put my signature spin on it.
The pattern came with a pre-printed panel meant for coloring and a bit of fusible applique. My son did the coloring and my good friend Cathy used the occasion as a perfect opportunity to practice using the embroidery function on her new Baby Lock machine. Cathy also supplied the most perfect dolphin fabric that I fussy-cut and appliqued to represent the school’s mascot. The books are paper-pieced (on the left) and pieced (on the right) with scraps from both mine and Cathy’s collection. The lamp was supposed to be just paper-pieced, but with a little help from a scrap of Timtex, I managed to make it 3-D. (Light chain included!) A piece of re-known children’s author Eric Carle’s licenced print made a perfect backing.
Despite some end of school year craziness, I finally managed to corner Mrs. Luccaro in the library and present her with the quilt. A gift from me on behalf of my son and the other fourth graders.
Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Luccaro! We love you!
It turned out FANTASTIC! I’ll be she just loved it! What a great end-of-the-year gift for her. The dolphins absolutely make it!