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Thursday, January 31, 2013

9 Patch for Health

What do you do when you've been sick for days and you have been livin' on soups and such...and you are just feeling well enough to pick up some stitching?
 Well, it looks like you get a bit dingy from it all and try to stitch yourself back to health with a Saltine 9 Patch!  Because...well, because silly is fun!

 And then...why then, you eat more chicken noodle soup of course!


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

I've been stitching on this colorful Mexican blanket.  It is in honor of a dear, dear friend of mine.  We used her similar blanket in our shared classroom for the 7 years we worked together.  It was a physical, visual cue to the toddlers that we were going to have Group Time.  We sang, read books, did fingerplays and flannel board stories.  We shared many good times together.  Our Teaching Assistant purchased my blanket on one of her trips home to Mexico.  My friend told me again and again that we could use my new blanket.  However, I refused.  Her blanket was our tradition together.  She used that blanket for 20 years in that classroom.  Twenty years worth of children is a lot of lives touched.
Mine maybe deepest of all.
Now, in a new classroom, in a new school, with new co-workers...
My blanket has been introduced and the children are already familiar with the routine of joining together in song and fun!  As an additional element, I have been adding the names of the staff and children along the outer edge.  Each name is written on muslin by the staff member or child's family member and a thread color is chosen.  Then I sew/embroider it on.  It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm this project was greeted with and now watching it coming together is rewarding.  Over time there will many names, in many hands symbolizing the building of community.
I call it the "Gathering Blanket".

24 comments:

Ms. said...

Salt art and kids names--what a great post! A round of chicken soup for everybody on the house!

deanna7trees said...

love the idea of your gathering blanket. wish i would have started one when i was younger. i would have added all the names of people i friended through the years. my dad used to love crushing up saltines into his soup.

Nancy said...

Michelle~ Here! Here! lol

Deanna~ Yes, me too. It should serve me for many years. My daddy loved tomato soup :)

Peggy said...

Nancy, I loved this post. The blanket is just such a GOOD idea and how beautiful and meaningful, too. I think you're right to begin anew. The crackers are very cool -- I'm thinking of edible things to stitch them together with -- strips of scallions?! What did you use? Have a wonderful weekend. xo

Nancy said...

Peggy~ Thanks :)
Beginning anew is very good in some situations...like this one!
Edible thread...cool idea! I just used regular old embroidery floss...then I took it apart & ate the crackers and stitched with the black threads, in a more conventional manner of course!! Haha

Velma Bolyard said...

hey, nancy, this is great. you were way more creative while sick than i was. how fun, and such a good story.

Nancy said...

Velma~ Well...this WAS on my getting better day! Ha!

Jacky said...

Nancy I love your "Gathering Blanket"...what a wonderful idea.

Hope you're much healthier again now.

Jacky xox

jude said...

a lot of goodness gathered here. a great project....

Nancy said...

Jacky~ Thank you...yes, I am on the mend!

Nancy said...

Thanks Jude...it makes me feel good inside, so what more can one ask for?!

handstories said...

the sewn crackers-ha! just great.
and wonderful memories & building of them w/your blanket stories....i wish i'd thought to add the names like this 20+ yrs ago...i have a blanket that janie & i made w/the kids & used like this, way back when. she's gone now, the kids grown & the blanket in tatters...

Nancy said...

Cindy~ Awww...
yes, some things stay in a place of being missed. I miss my days with this co-worker-friend. Now our visits are limited to a few times a year, instead of 5 days a week. I know how you must miss your Janie.
I very often wish that I'd taken a photo of EVERY child I worked with over the last 35+ years, sort of yearbook style. Wouldn't that be something to see! So many lives entwined :)

MulticoloredPieces said...

Lovely post with such sentiment. And I thought the saltine 9-patch was hilarious. Get well soon!
best, nadia

Nancy said...

Nadia~ Glad you enjoyed a laugh! I am feeling better, thank you :)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i love this

Nancy said...

Grace~ Thanks :)

deemallon said...

Hope you're feeling better, Nancy! The crackers made me smile, and the Gathering Blanket is just pure teaching love genius made manifest.

saskia said...

ooh I love it too

Nancy said...

Dee~ Better now! Thanks :)

Saskia~ Thank you :)

Judy Martin said...

Beautiful and heart warming story about the blanket.
I hope you are better by now - your saltine 9 patch is silly, but it makes me know you a little bit. Just as the blanket story does.
Thanks for both.

Nancy said...

Judy~ Thank you for your kind comment. I'm better now, but still occasionally silly mixed in with all my deep thoughts :)
thanks for stopping by!

Leslie said...

Your saltine 9 patch has me smiling. What a great idea! But, that blanket is just awesome. I love hearing how it has developed.

Nancy said...

Thanks Leslie!