My 3rd daughter (out of 4!) experiences hearing loss, and it wasn’t until last August, a few months shy of her 5th birthday, that she was finally fitted with hearing aids. The process was frustrating, expensive, and long. Obviously, when your hearing isn’t up to par, language suffers. Our daughter had been seeing speech therapists for 2 1/2 years with barely any change in her speech abilities, and I was getting so worried about her entering Kindergarten. Once those hearing aids were in, it was a complete difference! After those years of her dreading to go to speech… we lucked out this past year with a fun pathologist who used all sorts of games, songs, activities, crafts… etc. to help the kids remember and use their speech sounds. My sweet girl can’t WAIT to go to speech and begs to stay. Because this teacher helped my daughter learn her sounds correctly for basically the first time (and helped me understand how to teach and reinforce at home!), I really felt like doing something more special for teacher appreciation/end of the year than normal. Normal is like, a candy bar and a gift card or something. A quilt is definitely more than normal, ha ha!
This speech pathologist is a UofA grad and really, really loves that school. Loves it. Almost every time we had speech, she was wearing some sort of UofA paraphernalia. In Tucson, that’s not so strange, but it was still fun. We are a ASU family, but that wasn’t going to stop me from working with some red and blue!
I started with a basic triangle quilt, I just used an equilateral triangle ruler to quickly cut the pieces. I didn’t have quite enough UofA-colored fabrics to make the size I wanted, so I used one print as a wide border all around. Easy, and effective. It did take me forever to make it though- I got bored, fast. I should have planned better and chain stitched the whole way but I wasn’t that bright, so it was painstakingly slow. Meh.
The quilting is just a stretched-out wave pattern, I wanted something simple with the simple quilt design. Kelli from Simply Mackbeth did the quilting, and I also got the backing and binding from her shop- she’s a one-stop wonder around here 😉
I am no longer worried about my daughter going into Kindergarten (well, maybe a little), and I have so much confidence in her improving more than she already has. I’m so proud of my little girl, and so thankful for great teachers helping her get there!