Archive for the ‘Quilt: Back to School’ Category

Why so many Flip Flops?

Monday, August 10th, 2009
My brother asked why all the flip flops in the pictures. Well…………..I made the quilt to hang in my studio during Summer Camps. It hangs on the “Wall of Fame” (where the students stand to have their picture take of the projects they have made). (To the Beach and Beyond)
This quilt will hang on the “Wall of Fame” starting in September for the Back to School season.

Back to School Quilt completed

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
The Back to School quilt is completed and ready to hang in the quilt show this week-end.

When I sew the labels on I sew them on upside down so when you flip the corner up the label is right side up and easy to read.

Back to School
An original quilt design by
Mary Anne Ciccotelli
Pelham, NY

I like to have quilts hanging in my studio for the different times of the year. Last Fall I was surfing the web looking for an inspiration for a Back to School themed quilt. I saw this clipart at and loved it and decided to base a quilt on it.

Upon completing the first display section I felt it was too large – so it became the rod pocket. The second display unit was complete with my embroidery machine. I could not face cutting all those little back pieces again. When I finished the top (white borders without the crayons yet) a couple of my critics suggested putting numbers on the calculator keys. It was turning to Winter so this project was put away. Almost a year later I pulled it out to work on it again. I changed the borders to a brown fabric and added the crayons. I decided to take my critics’ advice and add numbers to the keys. I had most of the numbers embroidered on when I realized that the numbers on a calculator are not in the same position as the numbers on a telephone. I had used the telephone placement. I had to unpick the 1, 2, 3, and 7 and embroidery them in the correct place. Luckily the 4, 5 and 6 are in the same position on either device. I also did away with the “%” key and moved the “X” key to make room for the “0” key.

Back to School quilt and the Turkey quilt

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I am contining to get more aquainted with George and I am liking it more and more.I completed the quilting on the Back to School quilt and have attached the rod pocket (the story of the rod pocked will be disclosed when I complete the quilt and include the label on this blog (see above) and binding. Now for the hand work.

Last night I pin basted the Turkey quilt and have started quilting it. I am wondering if there is anyway I can get these two quilts done this month. I have a couple of more days, so maybe so. That would make for a productive month in completing some of my UFOs.

The QQQ (50 1/2 Birthday) party is getting closer and closer – so I have to continue to be productive on my UFO’s.

Reasons why I love George!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I have been quilting on my Back to School quilt the past few days and I love George. As I have been working on this quilt and really enjoying the process I have been trying to decide what the difference it.

1. I love the throat space – a big 20″ and the size of the table. I can quilt on part of the project without having to stuff and fluff as I work. Since my table is out in the open I do have to fold it up sometimes so it doesn’t fall off the table. If I start feeling the least bit of drag I know it is time to rearrange alittle.

2. I love the speed. Not that I go fast all the time, but that when I want to the machine will keep up with me. I don’t even have George set on the fast speed. I have it at the middle setting and I still don’t ever put the medal to the pedal.

3. I love the set-up (any my new studio workspace). I don’t have to move my machine back to it normal place before sewing classes – I just leave everything as it is (except taking quilt off from under the needle.

Here is a snapshot of some of the quilting on the Back to School quilt.

Can you guess why I like my job?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
I really do enjoy teaching children to sew. Here is one of my new students that started this Fall. She just completed her sewing bag.
Quilting continues on the Back to School quilt. I decided to quilt the calculator portion with a grid. I was trying to figure out some freeform quilting but none of it seems right. I am now going around the crayons on the border and then will quilt in a wood grain.

Anyone for a new project?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Saturday after we dropped Jason, Christy and Ty at the airport I had the feeling like I wanted to go home and just start a new project. But………….that is not sticking to my goal of working on and finishing some of my UFOs. Emily called and we talked for awhile and I told her my feeling of wanting to just go and start a new project. She help convince me that was not a good idea. I decided to work on the binding for my Morning Quilt. I sewed it on the front and now just need to hand sew it to the back. I hate having the hand sewing on the rod pocket at the last, so I did it first. Last night I worked on one side while we were driving down to Manhattan for the Annual Manhattan Temple Ordiance Workers Devotional.

On Saturday evening after I sewed the binding on the front of the quilt I decided to pin base my Back to School quilt. I am feeling really intimated about quilting this quilt. I am not sure why, but I am. I visited Patsy Thompson Designs trying to get some inspiration. She has a great website with alot of fun samples for free motion quilting. I have printed out all the FREE downloads and niow have more wonderful resources to add to my free mtoion ideas binder.I have started quilting the outlines around most of the piece, now for the free motion stuff. I hope that I can do justice to this quilt.
Sunday I completed the embroidery work on the final pieced block for the Generations Unite quilt.

Backing for Back to School quilt

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

While the girls were here I quilted Emily’s quilt and helped Jennie draft and started to construct her writing dress. I also did put together the backing for my Back to School quilt. I put the comleted date as Sept. 2008, but I think there is going to have to be alittle creative licence for this date. Here it is the last day of the month and I have yet to start quilting it. I have been working on my challenge quilt for the VSQ challenge. Check back on Oct. 14 to see the progrss and completed pictures.

What have I been up to since we returned from Alaska?

Monday, September 8th, 2008

On the airplane and during Tom and Brian’s hike at Sikta I worked on the embroidery work on setting blocks for the Generations Unite. I completed 2 1/2 blocks. We also went to an outdoor concert with Nana in the Bronx on Thursday evening and I worked in this block.
I pieced the last block for this quilt. I just have this block and the one above to finish the embroidery work on the main blocks. After I have the top all pieced together I will start to work on embroidering the corners to complete the design.

Work on “Back to School” continues. I finished appliqueing the crayons on the border. The top is ready to quilt. Maybe later this week. That is if I can sneak in some time on George – my daughters are coming for 10 days and they think they are going to use George the entire time. We will have to wait and see. George is excited – he has been lonley the past week or so.

Saturday Tropical Storm Hanna came and dumped on New York and the surrounding areas.

This squirrel was hanging out on our porch during the beginning of the storm. He wasn’t to excited to go out in the rain so tolerated us looking at him close and personal. (He looked like a drowned rat!)

Anita came over for a private class on Thursday.

She has her quilt almost completed for her new grandson. I love the colors that she choose. I think her quilt turned out really nice!

Stay tuned for my next post – the big 100. I have a fun give away planned.

It’s Back to School time again

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I fused the crayons on the border of my “Back to School” quilt last night. I am hoping that today I might get some time to applique the crayons down.
Guee I figured alittle wrong – I made way to many crayons. Any ideas of how I should (or could) use these crayons?

Back to School Equation

Friday, August 8th, 2008
Last week during camp a couple of the students asked be about this quilt that I had on the design wall last year (2007) during camp. Well, that was all I needed to be encouraged to pull it out. And while I had it out I decided to work on it. (I am pretty fickel about hoping from project to project!). This is how the quilt looked when I pulled it out of the UFO pile.
After looking at it I decided that I wanted to change the border color. I don’t know what I was thinking when I put the white border on it. (CRAZY!) I also decided to take Emily and Tom’s suggestion and put numbers on the keys so it would look more like a calculator. Well, do you realize that the numbers on a calculator are not in the same location as the numbers on a telephone? After I had seven of the numbers embrodierd on the keys I realize this very important fact. I had the number in the wrong location. Because I was trying to eleminate confusion and not cause more confusion I started to unpick the tight stitching of the numbers. One good thing – the 4-5-6 were in the correct location.
Here is the calculator (not a telphone) with the numbers on the keys and the new border (a brown so maybe you get the imperssion that it is sitting on the table or something like that.
These are the crayons that I will scatter on the border. I think this is going to be really fun.