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With Love Up to Your Chin

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 8, 2015

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“With Love Up to Your Chin” by Linda Martin Andersen

Yes, this is the month of love.  After reading Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s latest blog post, I wanted to share about her recent school visit.  Just reading it, made me want to curl up with a word blanket.



Imagine being a visiting author and seeing this upon arrival!  Children from Wealthy Elementary School in East Grand Rapids, MI and their art teacher, Peri denDulk made the word blanket below.  Isn’t it breathtaking?

copyright by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater 2015

copyright by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater 2015

The theme for this word blanket is friendship.  If you were planning a word blanket creation, what theme would you base the project on?  Have you ever made a class quilt with students?  I know a teacher who did.  A parent volunteer sewed the squares for them.  The finished quilt was lovely and hung on the wall of the classroom.

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  I hope you’ll leave a comment here or on Amy’s blog post. 

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16 Responses to “With Love Up to Your Chin”

  1. That is a lovely blanket. It reminded me of two blankets which Ebby received when she was in the hospital recently. Great love gifts!

    • Carol,
      Kids never cease to amaze me. A word blanket is a great project for any classroom! How lucky that Ebby received two that looked similar during a hospital stay. Thanks for commenting and for being part of my life. Friends mean so much!

  2. joyacey said

    Pull the blanket to you chin and above
    To fill you with warmth, to fill you with love.

    Thanks for posting Amy’ site.

  3. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    This is a great post. One year, I helped our school’s fourth and fifth graders make a baby quilt for the fifth grade teacher.I found out many years later, that her son still had that quilt and that she treasured it. I borrowed quilting frames and all.

    If I were to do a quilt today, I might do one on “Never Give Up” or Segments of my life.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up

    • Joan,

      Wasn’t this a lovely word blanket? These students did well. What a great welcome for their guest poet, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.

      Thanks for sharing your school quilting experience. Your fourth and fifth graders made a treasure for the 5th grade teacher/expectant mom and her son.

      I love the idea of a quilt based on your mantra of “Never Give Up.” Spotlighting segments of your life would be a great one too.

      Love your ideas. Thanks again for commenting and for being my friend.

  4. What a super quilt and created with so much love. 🙂

  5. Gretchen said

    What a great idea! I pinned it on my pinterest page.

  6. That is really gorgeous! The words, cherries, splash, and lion caught my eye.

    • Joyce,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for letting me know and for commenting. Wonder if a historical fiction piece could center around the words that caught your eye? Now that’s a writing prompt challenge!

  7. Tracy,
    I love your art and I’m not surprised to learn that quilt designs inspired you. You are welcome for me sharing your link. I wish you all the best with your creations!

  8. Kathleen said

    What a cozy, fun quilt! Amy’s poems are so enjoyable! I can see why the class made the quilt for her!

    • Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed Amy’s post. I loved it and the students’ surprise for her.

      You’ll be a published author soon with school children creating things for your visits. Those will be special days to remember always.

      Thanks for visiting and for commenting.

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