Sneak peek 1: Back to School Quilt

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!

9 thoughts on “Sneak peek 1: Back to School Quilt

  1. Thanks for the information about apples. Who knew there were so many varieties? I don’t think I ever brought an apple to a teacher. I love your apple quilt! Have a wonderful week Wendy. :o)

  2. Your staying up late to work on your Back to School quilt reminds me of all the late nights I spent doing homework for school! Sheesh! I am so glad that is over!
    I don’t remember if I ever gave an apple to a teacher, but I have eaten my fair share! Growing up on a farm, we had our own orchard with apple trees (still do!)
    What a fun idea for a quilt!
    Christmas Blessings, Wendy!

  3. Interesting facts about the apples. I didn’t know all of that. My favorite apple is a Cortland apple grown in NY state. Other states grow them too but the NY ones are the best. Very red on the outside and very white on the inside and just as sweet as can be. Yummm. I like the looks of your apple project. It will be interesting to see the rest of it. Can’t remember if I ever gave an apple to a teacher or not, I am too old to remember back that far. Don’t stay up too late!

  4. Wow Wendy, you really did dazzle me with info about apples! I live in the south, and we only get a few varieties. I visited my BFF one Fall and was blown over at the selection in Ohio. There were markets that carried 50 or more different kinds.

  5. Like your apples. I did take an apple to a teacher once. I also made a small small quilt with an apple with a worm coming out of it to commemorate having a worm hole painted onto an apple artwork in kindergarten because I wouldn’t stop talking. Didn’t do anything about the talking but I’m still haunted. LOL.

  6. Your apples are wonderful! We get a wonderful variety of apples in the fall — but I had no idea there were that many!! I faintly remember taking an apple to a teacher – I think.

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