I have been staying up at night working on my “Back to School” quilt that will appear in the August 2010 issue of Quilter’s World, and I have been working on my appliqued apple blocks to go into the quilt. You asked how many? Well, it’s probably not as many as many, many, many, but it is many, many (at least it feels that way)!
Having grown up in South-east Asia, I hadn’t been aware of the apple/teacher connection until I came to the States. The connection was believed to have started when apples were given as practical but inexpensive gifts to underpaid teachers. A fresh polish apple became a traditional gift symbol in America, Denmark and Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries.
I should dearly like to know if you have ever given apples to your teachers in your youth… but before you leave, let me dazzle you with some fun (probably useless) facts about apples:
1. There are 7,500 varieties of apples in the world. 2,500 are grown in the US.
2. The average person eats 65 apples per year.
3. Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
4. Apples are a member of the rose family.
5. It takes energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
6. Apples were introduced to New York by the European settlers who brought seeds with them in the 1600s.
7. Thomas Jefferson experimented with 18 apple cultivars in his lifetime.
Have a lovely day, you all. Check back later to see what other things I am including in this back to school quilt!