Story Submitted by: quiltnmama

Each year I have worked with my children's classmates to create a quilt that they present to their teacher at the end of the school year. In the past, I have worked with water color pastels, fabric marbling, and applique. I wanted to think of a new, unique quilt to do with the students this year. This year, our art docent program included a module which studied the quilts of Faith Ringgold. After this lesson, I decided to work with my son's kindergarten class on quilt block design. The children worked with squares and half-square triangles to create their own nine-patch block. They then picked two batik fabrics to be used in their blocks. Their teacher is currently expecting her first child this summer. At the time of the work, we did not know if she was expecting a boy or girl. I felt the batiks offered bright vibrant colors that any child would love. Many of the fabrics contain animals in the designs. We have since learned that she is due to have a girl. This is the finished product. Each child's name is embroidered on their block. The quilt was presented at a surprise baby shower that the parents and children in the class held.