Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beginning of School Giveaway


Wow!!! It is a beautiful day today, the humidity is down, the sky is blue, the clouds are big and puffy white..... and tomorrow is the first day of school.

I had started this bag as an instructional piece for a bag class I taught and decided it would be a great giveaway to launch the school year. It is made over the Weekender Bag pattern and I used the end of my Charisma Jelly roll. I have one just like it and love the way the fabrics go together.

So, here's the deal. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite school memory is. Please remember I MUST have a way to get in touch with you so anonymous blog comments won't be counted.

The drawing will be held on Friday, September 4 at 4 pm EST.

Good luck!!!

30 comments:

Pat said...

This is a very unusual school memory and it goes WAY back to kindergarten. The teacher there had been the same one for years and she was well-known and well-loved. She always wore her hair in a bun on the back of her head and we all knew that by the end of the year....one day during our rest time.....she would let her hair down and brush it as we "slept". It was kind of a tradition and we all looked forward to it and knew that it would only happen IF we all behaved well during rest time for the whole year. Sure enough...the last week of school it happened and we were all in awe. To us, it seemed like her hair was as long as she was tall....but I'm sure that wasn't the case. I just know that none of us had ever seen hair that long! See...I told you it was a strange memory...but it's one I'll never forget and I am a LONG way out of kindergarten since I'm 61 years old now!!! She was the inspiration for me to become a teacher.......she was so thorough and gentle and organized and just a really good teacher.

Pat said...

OH, yes.....good luck in the new school year. I hope all your students are cooperative and highly-motivated and I hope none of their parents are difficult (as I know that could sometimes be a problem over the years of teaching). :(

Suzan said...

My favorite school memory is that of the singing group I was in my junior and senior year of high school. I had so much joy being part of that group, The Troubadors, from Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia. My 40th class reunion is in 2010. I am hoping that my classmates that were part of that group will be at the reunion. What fun it would be to sing a little bit of Bach with them!

Vicki W said...

My favorite school memory is high school graduation day and the exhilarating feeling of freedom as I planned to leave and start my life at college. My hometown wasn't a horrible place, it was just a horribly boring and backwards place and I was anxious to move out into the world. Where am I now? In a boring small town!

Chookyblue...... said...

well I will go with a stitching memory from school and the horrible Sister who started me off stitching all those years ago........just doing some sample stitches.......and now I realise the passion she had........that I now also have.......

great bag enjoy your giveaway......

Loretta said...

My favorite school memory was in about second or third grade...our teacher read a chapter from the Laura Ingalls books every day during lunch. By the end of the year we had read most if not all of the books in the series. We ate lunch at our desks at that time.
aorlflood@comcast.net

Piwacket said...

What a fun contest! I love the bag. My favorite school memory is from first grade. We had just moved to a new town and I didn't know anyone. I was a pretty scared little girl. My dad wasn't home often because he was a river boat captain. He worked for three weeks at a time on the river. My dad grew up on a farm and has quite the way with animals, plants and people. On a river bank he found two orphaned ground hogs by their deceased mother. So he brought them home. He and my mom fed the kits a mixture of milk, bread and honey. Before too long Salt and Pepper had the run of the house, which our cocker spaniel wasn't too happy about.

Daddy was nice enough to contact my 1st grade teacher and ask if we could bring the babies in for show and tell. I immediately went from being the "new" kid to being the "cool" kid who had the neatest dad and woodchucks for pets.

My dad will be 89 this September. I consider myself very blessed.

*karendianne. said...

Gosh, what a great bag. I love the really nice stitching, too!

Okay so a favorite school memory. I imagine you'll be looking for something unique or exhilarating or really sensational. At the very least something happy.

My favorite school memory is English Class. I always did well in that class and we got to read The Crystal Cave one year. How cool is that?

Living on the Spit said...

My favorite school memory involves me as a 1st grader (before there was Kindergarten)...leaving my mother at home with my new baby sister. I was still feeling rather left out since I had been the baby for 6 years!!! I went into school, sat down, and cried uncontrolably for about two hours. Someone took me to the office and the principal...A big, burly man named Mr. Piersall asked what would it take for me to stop crying...and I looked up at him and pointed to the teachers lounge and said..."A Fresca would be nice." So, this big guy took me by the hand and got me a soda...he let me drink it in his office and when I was all calmed down and happy...he walked me back to class...I have loved school ever since and still do.

I have a second one as well that I will share...I had Mrs. Arrington in third and fourth grade...she wore the most gorgeous papagallo flats that always matched her outfits and had adorable ornate buckles and broaches on them. I was obsessed with her style and THOSE shoes...one day, she brought me a catalog to keep. I kept that catalog for years. It meant the world to me and I still have a thing for cute flats.

Cherold said...

When I was a little girl, a neighbor (Joyce Ann) had her birthday on the 4th of Sept. Every year we went to her birthday party and the favors were all school supplies. We thought this was great fun! I can't believe I could remember her name!!
Cheri S
cheris56@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favourite school memory was in Grade 8 when a short story I wrote was read out to the whole class as an "alternative example." I was thrilled, but didn't realize what "alternative example" was.

I don't have a blog, but my email is quiltinggail @ yahoo . ca (leave out the spaces).

GARI said...

Oh, yes, I have a wonderful memory. I remember in the 1st grade when I decided I was in love with Jerry Tri. And, to add to the story, I was "in love" with Jerry 1st through 3rd grades, and then we moved away. But here we are 60 years later and I still remember. LOL

Becky said...

favorite school memory? the day I made my literature teacher so mad he threw my book across the room! We were supposed to read a chapter every day in class, then discuss it as a class. I'm such a speed reader that i was able to reqad several chapeters ahead. The day before i got in trouble for readign a different book ("but i'm done with what i was supposed to read"). Then that day, he realized just how far ahead i was and he got really mad. He did not stay mad long, he just was amazed how fast i really could read. After that he gave me a LOT more leeway about what i was reading and how far ahead i got.

Andee said...

In sixth grade we had a reading contest called the "reading rockets" and for each book we read we got to move our rocket up the wall...I won the contest and continue to love to read to this day! The prize was an old dictionary, but I think the real prize was the reinforcement of reading which became my passion before quilting!

Karin said...

Have a great start into the new school year!

We had a handicaped boy in our class - we took always good care of him, helped him if he needed anything, carried his schoolbag aso. He had to use a wheel chair when we got to 3rd grade - after 4th grade he switched schools because we moved into a building with lots of stairs an no elevator. The whole class didnt wont to move in this building because the fact Jorg couldnt be with us anymore - we talked to the headmaster - but there were no choice.

Barb said...

I guess I can be honest.....I am sorry but I disliked school so much....it was so boring for me. I had a hard time sitting and well..it was not a fun thing for me. I guess the most fun was the friends I made. Sorry...but can I still be entered for the bag?

I know you must love school or you wouldn't teach, maybe you can inspire some child like me to love school?

Rachel Locke said...

My favorite memory to tell is when my oldest daughter started kindergarten. We got up got all ready loaded her younger sisters in the van and headed to school. We pull up and I was getting ready to walk her in and she looked at me and said "You are not walking me in are you?"
Guess not.
Thanks for a great giveaway.

June said...

I have to admit that my favorite day at school was the day I graduated. I wasn't a good student, and stayed for the diploma. Funny thing is that my Mother was and both my grown children are teachers!! Good luck to you in the new school year!

Bonnie said...

How about my favorite memory from when I was a school media specialist? (that's a very fancy word for librarian...) My favorite was always when a student would bring book suggestions to me. Mrs. S you need to read ____. I always got such great ideas from them. And, it was a joy to see how excited they were about books. I don't remember the names (of course, I had 350+ students a year) but I remember their enthusiasm.

Cool bag! It would look great with my stuff in it! LOL.

Barbara said...

I guess mine was when our high school band got to be in the Thanksgiving Macy's parade in New York City, the one year I was drum majorette.

Jan said...

What a lovely bag Nancy and how kind of you to be giving it away! Uhmmmmmm, favorite school memory ... I'm afraid mine are too naughty to tell (LOL). I was NOT a favorite student by any stretch of the matter, so I think I'll just go with "being sooooooo happy on graduating night!"

tamik81597 said...

Looking back, one of my favorite memories now is in sewing class where we were to make a skirt. I ended up making a pillowcase. That's what happens when you sew the top of your skirt up. Little did I know then I would have the love for sewing.

Annie said...

My favorite memory is the cool, sunny fall days and the sound of brand new patten leather shoes as they clicked on the pavement. To me it sounded so grown up!!!

Keep up the blogging - I love to check up and see what you are doing.

Linda said...

A memory I shared with DH when we visited Carrington, N.D.(my first time back since I was nine) on our very first vacation this summer. . When I was in first grade -which must be 51 years ago- A new elementary school had been built and was ready to move into over Thanksgiving vacation. The last day of school before we vacation, we each carried our reading chair from the old school across the playground to the "new" school. I was able to locate the "new" school, which is still an elementary school.

Becky said...

My favorite school memory is playing intramural sports all through junior high and high school with the same group of girls. We didn't have any "real" school teams so we played in the city rec league - baseball, volleyball and basketball. It was just plain fun being part of a team.

Good luck with your beginning of school! Our year had a great beginning. Zipping along. This is week 4 with students. Don't you just love being with the kids?

pajudie said...

My favorite band memory was playing the trombone starting in fourth grade. My friend Nancy (another Nancy) and I took them up together and we were so little that we couldn't reach 7th position so we'd take off our shoes and use our stocking feet to extend the slide out to 7th position. Our band director, Mr. Abbe, remembered that all through our school years and, since he directed the Jr. High and High School Bands, that story would come up at least once a year, much to Nancy's and my embarrassment!! Great memory, though, and we had lots of fun being in the band and made many lifetime friends!! Hope your school year is memorable, Nancy - :o)
Judie

Anya said...

One of my favorite school memories is going on a field trip in 6th grade to Sterling Forest Gardens and riding a camel Thanks for the chance for the great giveaway!

Tracy said...

Can't think of any one in particular but my favorite school thing to do was to go to the library and get a great book to read! That's still one of my favs!

Sharon T in Lynden said...

I guess I would have to choose my first day of high school, WAY back when! It is important because that is the day I "met" my future husband (of now 35 years). He was sitting on the stage in the gym with a few friends. A junior, so a year older. I was walking through the gym with friends to get to PE and we made eye contact. He reminded me recently that I was wearing a red plaid jumper with a white shirt underneath, white knee sox. I actually remember that jumper! So that was an amazing school memory. Thanks for letting me dream.....

Barb said...

My most vivid and often told memory is one of some years ago of course ☺! I began school in a "one room school", and we were required to have an injection of some kind (not sure what). At that time I was terrified of having any needles entering my body, so I obviously did not want the "shot" and decided that I would not, and also that would mean "no school" for me, it didn't work! My brother walked me the *miles* to the school house, told me "if I didn't cry he would pay ne a nickel".....ahhhhhh good deal because at that time a nickel was a huge amount for me, actually for my family! End of story, I cried my eyes out with loud wailing and tears...he paid me a dime :>)!! Hmmmm from that point on I cried for many years about getting any kind of injection! I am sure I was thinking a dime for crying was quite the reward, when a nickel for NOT crying was the offer! Thank you Nancy for this fun blog entry and for a chance at an awesome bag! If I cry can I win? ☺☺☺! Have a great day!