Pre-cut Primer Blog Hop



Hello, If you are following along on the Precut Primer blog hop, then congratulations you have made it to the 12th grade!!

This book is chalk full of projects using Moda precuts. It does not take an MBA or a PHD to be able to make one for your favorite scholar. You will learn something new throughout beginning with page 5, full of tips from Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs.

Did you know? Hold a white piece of paper behind your needle as you thread it. The paper makes it easier to see the needle.

12th-grade-at-playgroundQuilt made by Sarah Huechteman.

12th-closeupClose up of quilting.

5th grade group picThat is me, center row of EVERY group picture ever taken. Thank goodness Lori Chrisman and Leah Pender were always there with me!
I had a massive crush on the second guy on the first row, Kent Ferguson, which probably explains my height issues.

When asked if I would be a part of this hop, I knew just what I would do. Number 2 son is a high school teacher and coach, so I knew this would be a great opportunity to make a quilt for his school. School colors are green and gold, so the Varsity collection from Sweetwater was perfect. He has always been passionate about working with kids and will be a wonderful influence on the kids he comes in contact with.

Excuse me for a minute, while I reminiscence about a few of my teachers.

Mrs. Barney, my second grade teacher, was the first person on my doorstep when my father passed away. I was grown and married, but she found where I lived and came to visit me so many years later.

Mrs. Pasierb, my third grade teacher, was a brunette walking barbie. All the boys drooled as she walked by. This by no means is an insult. She was beautiful, smart and sweet.

Miss Resenta, my fourth grade teacher, whom I probably tested the most. Yes, I was a little hellion that year. She got married during the holiday break and became Mrs. Williams.  I thought that was the coolest thing ever. She had to be one of my favorite for many reasons, including that she had a wonderful deep laugh that brighten the room.

Mrs. PIttman, fifth grade as shown above, had the coolest collection of polyester jumpsuits!

The list goes on and on!

My kids went to the same elementary, junior high and high schools that I did. Many of my teachers were their teachers, so I know first hand how much a teacher can influence your life for many years to come.

I am formally apologizing to all my teachers for any headaches I may have caused or my children may have caused.

The Giveaway : Enter to win a layer cake of Varsity by leaving a comment on this post, telling me your favorite teacher and why.

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Winner will be announced September 10, 2015  I will wait until late in the evening to pick a winner.

Details: Pattern – Precut Primer – 12th Grade by Me & My Sister Designs

Fabric – Varsity by Sweetwater & Bella Solid Bleached White 9900-200
I am doubling up on just the greens and gold fabrics and throwing in a few other basics.

Pre cut Primer sweetwater cuts

Size – 3 across and 4 down for a throw size.

 Good luck!

Hop on over to Melissa Corey. She is also a 12th grader, just like me!

Below are the links to all of the other posts. Check them out. It is not to late to enter some other giveaways.

This is Me and My Sister’s latest book – Pre-cut Primer.

September 2nd – Pat Sloan & April Rosenthal

September 3rd – Corey Yoder

September 4th –  Amy Ellis

September 7thJane Davidson & Heidi Grohs

September 8th – Sherri McConnell

September 9th – Melissa Corry & Lissa Alexander




  1. Gigi Voegeli says:

    I have enjoyed the hop and seeing all the quilts. It looks like a great collection of quilts and I plan on buying the book. Thanks!

  2. Joanne says:

    I love your quilt. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Beattie, 5th grade. She was so beautiful and elegant, I loved to listen to her speak.

  3. Sigi G says:

    Loved hearing all your school memories. I’m really enjoying the precut primer blog hop and seeing all the beautiful quilts made from this great book. My favorite teacher was a Mr. Hardy, Grade 6. I was extremely shy and he boosted my self confidence. I was even chosen to ring the bell that year (it was still done manually!!!) What an honor and privilege (for me). He just had a wonderful way of understanding his students. Thank you for this great giveaway chance!

  4. lynn says:

    I remember my second grade teacher, Mrs. Randolph, with delight. I loved school and liked the creativity she brought into our classroom. I can remember vividly some of the art projects we did.

  5. Amy L says:

    Ms. Smyth, my English teacher and Mr. Frost, my Latin teacher, both in 9th grade. These two pushed me to want to do excellent work while making their subjects fun and creative. Both instilled a love of poetry in me, for which I can’t thank them enough.

  6. Mary ann says:

    My favorite teacher was Sister Mary Ursulita 7th grade. It was my 3 rd school in 3 yrs and oh so unhappy and awkward. She made sure I got into the choir and assigned a few other classroom roles so I would fit in from the beginning. The rest of the year Sister made sure I knew how many opportunities were there to be had if I looked around and was willing to take a risk. A wonderful mentor for a young girl and I think of her so often.

  7. bee says:

    Mr Wagner, 11th grade AP US History. he was fun and treated us like adults and did everything he could to prepare us for the AP test. It was hard work, but my favorite class!

  8. Wendy says:

    I just ordered my book over the weekend! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt 🙂 My favorite teacher was definitely my first grade teacher Mrs. Varnum – I remember her gentle kindness!

  9. Karen Miller says:

    Lissa – The 12th Grade quilt is awesome – I especially love all the great spaces for free motion quilting. Your school quilt will be a hit — love those colors!! I really enjoyed your teacher reminiscing – thanks for that…
    I have several favorites myself — but the one that wins is Mrs. Koehler – our High School typing teacher. She taught my Mom to type and all my Aunts and Uncles along with my sister that is 9 years my elder — and retired a few years after I graduated. She was a hoot — had the tiny little reading glasses on the tip of her nose with a beaded chain attached… She always encouraged but strict. Where would I be without those typing classes now ?

  10. Jennifer says:

    i loved my team of 8th grade teachers – Ms. Branch, Ms, English, Mr. Walsh and Ms. Altman. They are one of the reasons I became a middle school teacher!

  11. patty d says:

    My favorite was a high school math teacher who really challenged me (and others) to work ahead and cover more ground if we were interested.

  12. Jeanne says:

    Loved, loved, loved my High School French Teacher!! I learned so much in her class, but she also became a good friend. She taught us so well that when I left high school I was fluent and able to move on to a more advanced setting with native speakers in college. She even took the time to attend my wedding. She is definitely the benchmark for outstanding teachers in my book!
    Love this quilt and your fabrics!

  13. Kay McCaffery says:

    My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Clark was my favorite. My Dad was career Air Force, so we moved a lot & it was always hard for me to start at a new school, but Mrs. Clark always made me feel special & a part of things.

  14. Cecilia says:

    My favorite teacher was Miss Tritz, my toying teacher in the 7th grade. She always made our class fun with different games she used to help us learn the placement of the keys. This has been a great hop and this book is definitely on my wish list.

  15. Clara Chandler says:

    Miss Degenhart, 4th grade, has to be one of the most memorable. It was the year of cursive!! And through her teaching and reward system, I developed a handwriting style that receives compliments to this day….many years later. Thanks for the blog hop and the chance in the giveaway.

  16. Dianne says:

    my favorite teacher was Miss Anderson, one of my 7th grade teachers. She was so patient and kind and a very classy young teacher.

  17. Susan K says:

    I had many really good teachers. One of my favorites was a math teacher, Mr. Guy Beasley, in high school. I had him for Geometry, Trigonometry, and PreCalculus. He taught me that it was ok to be a smart girl, never give up, it’s good to be kind, and so many other things. And the funny thing – math is not my favorite subject and even if my basic math skills are not the best, I was really good at calculus. Geometry not so much.

  18. Cheryl says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Lebinon, my high school calculus teacher. He was an awesome teacher who could break down complex math formulas and really cared about the students.

  19. Kathleen Dalecio says:

    Mrs. Massey was my high school English teacher. She i-n-v-o-l-v-e-d us in the classics we read and made them have contemporary relevance to us. She inspired us, kept old fashioned language from being obtuse and boring and made us think!
    Sister Bertrand made Latin come alive for me. What I learned from her has served me well for 50± years!
    My thanks to all the wonderful teachers in the world!

  20. Helen says:

    My favorite teacher was my first grade teacher, Mrs. Heaton. She opened my eyes to learning and teaching me to read, which I LOVE to do to this day.

    Would love to win.

  21. Sarah J. says:

    I love the quilt- there are so many in this book I can see myself making! My favorite teacher was Mrs Vogt in 1st grade- sweetest lady ever!!

  22. Carol says:

    Probably my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Green. She taught me cursive handwriting and I was mesmerized with her beautiful handwriting. I wanted to write just like she did and as a result, I do have pretty good handwriting. I even went on to take calligraphy in later years just for the fun of it. Surprising how much I have used that skill.

  23. amy says:

    My ninth grade history teacher who made everything interesting and challenging. Always had a unique view of thing and taught us all how to think and evaluate the past as well as current events.

  24. Tiffany says:

    Mrs. Matthews was my 7th grade English teacher. She was fun and spunky and somehow figured out how to bring shy, timid little me out of my shell. 🙂

  25. Mary Jane says:

    My third grad teacher, Mrs. Marinelli, was by far my favorite teacher. She brought out the best in each student, was kind and was gentle and I am happy to say we remained friends after third grade.

    P.S. I love your quilt, what a wonderfully thoughtful gift.

  26. Gretchen says:

    One of my favorite teachers was my 5th grade teacher Mr. Fey. He was interesting, kind, smart, funny, and inspiring, and it was those glorious days before the horror of middle school LOL! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  27. Rochelle says:

    Well, my favorite teacher was Mr. Tkac…fresh out of the air force and teaching to all girls in a catholic school. Must have been pretty brave or pretty desperate. But I had him for algebra and I learned so much….went on to major in math in college. And he was kind to all of us.

  28. Claire Ross says:

    My history teacher, Mr Jones, was my favorite. He was always fun, his lessons were interactive and he was considered to be “cool” xx

  29. Janie says:

    Your apology to your teachers gave me a giggle. My favorite teacher was Mr. Roman 3rd grade. He was patient and kind. I am now 51 and I still recall him. Love your quilt and the fabrics choices. Thank you for the inspiration.

  30. Lisa Marie says:

    One favorite teacher was my high school physics teacher, Mr. Jones. He had a big impact on the direction my life took, and it’s been a pretty good life! He encouraged me to study engineering which led me to a university I hadn’t previously considered, which is where I met a cute boy who became my husband, which is how I got a wonderful son and a lovely life. Thanks Mr. Jones!

  31. Beth T. says:

    I had so many really wonderful, creative, loving teachers it is hard to single out just one. But I will mention one of my favorites was Mr. DuVal, for a very unexpected reason. He was very strict with us, and had very high expectations for us, both scholastically and for our personal conduct. When we met those expectations, we really felt a sense of pride. I appreciate that now–then I just knew I was very glad to be in his class, although I had felt a sense of anxiety when I read that I was assigned to him.

  32. Ruth Plowman says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Lebrun. He encouraged me to go o college when I was considering other possibilities. Thank you for your encouragement.

  33. Allison Evrard says:

    My favorite teacher was my eighth grade teacher, Sister Canice (rhymes with Denise). She was old as the hills, or so she seemed to a 14 year old. But she read aloud to us and we loved it. And she would tell the corniest jokes.

  34. Barb in MI says:

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Atzert for Biology. I loved the subject and everything concerning nature and her hands-on approach. Thank you and good luck with your Varsity quilt!

  35. Michele says:

    I had a ADHD, but in the 70’s the teachers didn’t know how to teach children like me. I was a difficult student and most years I knew my teachers didn’t like me. But in the 3rd grade I had Mrs. Oberschmidt who treated me with respect. I would do anything to please her. I don’t have a lot of fond memories of elementary school, but I do remember how she made me feel special and smart.

  36. Julie Edison says:

    It’s a tie- First, Mrs. Crocker, because she was a true role model and the only female math teacher I had in high school or college. I figure she was instrumental in my becoming a pale imitation of her. To this day, I aspire to be half the algebra teacher she was. My other favorite teacher is my eldest daughter. She is generation number 4 to become an educator!

  37. Naomi Ruth says:

    Mr. Roberts, sixth grade. After Oh Canada! was sung and school announcements over the p.a. system…no Mr. Roberts in the portable, everyone starts chatting – maybe he’s just late? Five minutes later we are wondering if we will have no class and talking about whether we should go say something to the office or say nothing and have a free morning (we chose to say nothing to the office, of course) five minutes after that – BAM!!! supply closet doors fly open and we hear “Raaaahhhhhrrr!!” as something giant comes flying out. Screaming and jumping sixth graders all over the place!! I’m pretty sure some boys ran out the door…. Lol. Best. teacher. ever.

  38. Kathy E. says:

    I hope your “old” teachers will see this post, so they can read what you wrote! I am a teacher and I hope someone has fond memories of being a student in my class. My favorite teacher was Miss Doser in first grade. I swore she was magician the day she taught me how to read! I wondered how she did that when I wanted to learn for so long! Love your 12 grade quilt! Now you can graduate!

  39. Judy J says:

    Mrs. Saul was about 70 years old when I was in her 5th grade class. She was an excellent teacher, and my class was one of her last. After she retired, she taught art lessons in her home, and I took lessons from her for a couple of years.

  40. Cindi P. says:

    My 7th grade English teacher, Mr. Lund because he taught to all levels and we even did a play. It made me want to become an English teacher. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Margo says:

    This is really freaky…my husband and I were just talking about our ‘teachers’ at lunch! He had a nun… Sister Anette that ruled the roost! I had Miss Ludlow in Grade 3 who I loved… apparently Mr. Swingle had some relations with her when I was in Grade four and it caused quite the stir among the teachers! Mr. Swingle [seriously…that was his name] was a handsome man and all the other female teachers were quite upset with Miss Ludlow being the apple of his eye! Thanks for the laugh and memories! …. Thank you as well for the lovely giveaway!

  42. Lorrie says:

    Oh, Mrs. Shurlds, my 11th grade English teacher, was the best! She opened up whole new worlds for me. I can still recite Chaucer thanks to her, haha…

  43. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Jones in fourth grade. She challenged us but she was very nice. I remember feeling good in her room because she made all of us feel valued. We had homework but I don’t remember it being overwhelming. I probably would have done any amount of homework for her, no matter what she asked.

  44. Lori Morton says:

    Loved Home Ec class…where I first learned to sew! Don’t remember teacher’s name…but definitely inspired me to keep sewing…and then learning to Quilt ! Yay! 🙂 Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  45. Sharrie says:

    In high school my favorite teacher was Mrs. White. She taught business and typing.and yearbook She was no-nonsense and had the most beautiful handwriting. She explained once, that she had had to relearn her script after college because her handwriting deteriorated after note-taking for several years.

    She later helped me set up a dark room AFTER I had graduated. A very neat lady.

    Sorry if the punctuation is misplaced. I can’t read this font at all! This trend of gray font is killin’ me!

  46. Debby says:

    I just loved my 4th grade teacher. She was sweet and inspiring. She would also let me stay late when things at home were not so good. She made school a safe and happy place to be.

  47. Pam says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous! My favorite teacher was Miss Malin. She made everyone feel that they were great students! Thanks for the nostalgic fun!

  48. Hildy says:

    My most favorite teacher was Herr Buchner he taught german, social studies (don’t know if this is a class in the USA in Germany it is) and history. He was fun and more like a friend then a teacher. Sadly he already passed away.

  49. Sherry B says:

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Johnson, our art teacher. I loved to draw, and she encouraged me to enter a local art show and I won 1st place in my age group. I still have some of those pictures, 40 plus years later! I guess I’m doing my “creating” with fabrics now, and enjoying it every day!

  50. Dorothy says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous! Your son will love it! Who is my favorite teacher? That is hard to pick just one, they are all amazing, but I would have to say 6th grade – Mr. Ward, he didn’t believe in desks and we sat on bean bag chairs. I will never forget learning my first “tax time” lessons when he had his child on January 1st and we learned what a “deduction” is. Then, two years later, he had another son on January 1st! We learned much from him, and not all book stuff.

  51. Monique says:

    Ms. Mansor was my favorite teacher. I had her for a different history class every year in High School. She was also out Class Adviser and as I was the Vice President of my class, I often had to work with her outside of class. She was a tough teacher but if you applied yourself and listened you were ok with her. Oddly enough when my daughter started high school at a different school in a different town, about 18 years after I graduated, Ms. Mansor was a teacher at her school Unfortunately, she moved on to become a principle at a different school before my daughter had a chance to have her as a teacher. I will remember her fondly always.

  52. Judith H says:

    My favorite teacher was Miss. Thorton in 5th grade. She made learning fun and always had an encouraging word if you were having trouble. She was the one that noticed I was having trouble seeing the blackboard! I’ve had glasses ever since! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway.

  53. Ruth says:

    I loved my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Estepp. She was compassionate, and encouraging. She would let me pursue my artistic leanings by letting me out of class to help the art teacher with her projects. 🙂

  54. Celeste Delostrinos says:

    Sister Josephine was my favorite teacher. She was gentle, kind, and smelled oh so sweet. Unlike the other nuns, she never raised her voice at misbehaving students like me, but would always calmly request us to return to our seats.

  55. Deb E says:

    Actually there are two teachers – my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Rogers, for encouraging my love of books and instilling a sense of boundaries and structure in school. The second, Mr. Fisher, was my high school English teacher the year I was in Australia as an exchange student — he gave me a sense that I could do anything I set my mind to. Hats off to all the teachers who give their students little life lessons they can use the rest of their lives!

  56. Kay says:

    I think my favourite teacher was my year 4 teacher as he ended every day by reading to us and I really fell in love with some of his books. I have always been a reader but loved the experience of being able to lose myself in along story session at school. Thank you for a fun giveaway. x

  57. Lee Taylor says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr Almeida, seventh grade English. He was so very encouraging to me. He died a couple years later, but his memory lives on here.

  58. Cathy says:

    It’s a tough choice between my first grade teacher Mrs. Miller and my third grade teacher Mrs. Yates. I think I’ll go with Mrs. Yates, I hoped and hoped I would get her as my teacher and was SO excited when I did. She was so fun and we always did new and different things. She made learning fun! She retires this year and I hope she knows how many children she has blessed in her life. Maybe I’ll make her a quilt and tell her thanks.

  59. susie says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr Sullinger. He was my middle school orchestra director, who gave me wonderful encouragement and confidence to play my flute .

  60. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I have to credit my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Pruchka, with my love of reading. Everyday after lunch she would read us a chapter of a book. James and the Giant Peach is still a favorite story of mine. I think if she were still living she would have loved Harry Potter! Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  61. Meg says:

    My favorite teacher was in 5th grade – Miss Metcalfe. She was so wonderful that we thought she should run for president and made campaign banners!

  62. Becky says:

    My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher. She always so sweet and soft spoken. I don’t think she ever spanked a kid, like my first grade teacher did if you talked in class. (first hand experience) lol I moved away, but often asked a friend in that town how Mrs. Hardy was and she would tell Mrs. Hardy that I asked about her. I wish I had gone back and seen her before she passed. She was a sweetheart.

  63. Shannon Wallace says:

    I loved my first grade teacher, Mrs. Maples. She was fun, kind, and very motherly. One time, her dentures flew out of her mouth in class, and she took in great strides, laughing with the class. 🙂 I love the quilt pictured!!! Can’t make to make one! Thank you 🙂

  64. Mom C says:

    Mr Maher, my HS choral teacher. The things he could do with a large group, our choirs were 150 to 200 strong, were amazing. And he encouraged me to sing! I went on to take voice lessons and had solo parts in operas and musicals in college. Opened a whole new aspect of my life.

  65. Susan says:

    my favorite teacher was Mr. Kingston in 5 th grade. It was the first time that I had a male teacher. He was an older man and just so relaxed in comparison to the women teachers. It was a fun year!

  66. Emily C says:

    My favorite teacher was in high school. Mrs. Allagree was very supportive of my love of computers and was very encouraging whenever I was working with them. She helped me get into desktop publishing, I published small books with students poems and stories in them.

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