Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway!

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Teachers can come in so many forms, from the classroom to rainy days at home with a beloved relative. They are all so important in shaping not just our knowledge, but oftentimes our character as well.

To honor the teachers in our lives and Teacher Appreciation Week, we are excited to announce a delightful giveaway in which both you and the teacher you nominate can win a $50 gift card to Connecting Threads*!


In the comments below, please tell us about the teacher in your life that inspires you and deserves to win a $50 gift card to Connecting Threads. At the end of the week, we will select one comment as the grand prize winner, and both the person who made the comment, and the teacher they nominated will receive a gift card. We will also choose one pair of runners up to each win a $25 gift card.

The deadline to enter is Sunday, May 11th, 2014 by (11:59 pm PST). Winners and runners up will be selected randomly and announced here on Notions next Monday morning, 5/12/2014. Please note: winner will be required to provide a valid email address for the teacher they nominate. We need this email address so that we can email the gift card to the teacher.

*Rules: Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada only. One entry per person, please. No purchase required. You must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. All comments must be on this blog post; any comments on other posts will not be counted. If you’re selected as a winner, we will contact you and ask for your mailing address. If we do not hear back within 7 days, your prize will no longer be available. Best of luck!

51 responses to “Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway!”

  1. Susan Jane Says:
    05/05/2014 8:37 am

    My husband is a teacher. Besides working all week, he spends several hours on weekends getting prepared for the following week. His students are fortunate to have a great teacher like him. Besides being a great teacher, he is a great person, too!

  2. Trinity Says:
    05/05/2014 8:49 am

    My grandma was a math teacher. Now she teaches me to sew. She loves me and we made a quilt for my doll. My mom let me do this.

  3. SusanC Says:
    05/05/2014 10:49 am

    My daughter was a wonderful first grade teacher for seven years. After the birth of her twin boys, she continued to teach for another year and a half. Now she stays home with her sons but continues to teach them as well as working part time as a tutor. I am so very proud of her!

  4. Jane Prestidge Says:
    05/05/2014 10:57 am

    I have to say that my Tuesday quilt group, “By your threads you are known” has been my inspiration and best teaching times! We are all so supportive and helpful, sharing our knowledge and methods day to day and during the classes we give each other.

  5. Nancy Sikkenga Says:
    05/05/2014 11:04 am

    I have started teaching my granddaughter (7 years old) to sew as my grandmother taught me. Although she is learning to sew, I am learning all over again why I love her so much. She is growing into such a wonderful little person. I love our talks as we sew together.

  6. Rachel Gagnon Says:
    05/05/2014 11:11 am

    My quilting teacher is a wonderful woman. She loves to teach and don’t mind if we call her with a question or a quilting problem. Her notes are so well written and illustrated that if you missed a course you will not fall behind. She also organizes road trips to different quilting shops. I really think that she deserves to win and she would be so happy just to know that someone took time to enter her into the contest. Thank you for this nice giveaway!

  7. Cheryl Says:
    05/05/2014 11:21 am

    I work with a couple of wonderful teachers who deserve this. Tammy works with special needs students and Lindy has been a kindergarten teacher for many years. They have touched the lives of so many students. If I win I would give my gift certificate to one of them. I am a beginner quilter, they also have taken the time to share their quilting skills with me.

  8. Rose L Says:
    05/05/2014 11:33 am

    Are you kidding me?!! At the age of 55 I’m afraid my favorite teachers have long since passed away. Hahaha! I appreciate the kind thought though.

  9. Rene Bolton Says:
    05/05/2014 11:40 am

    My daughter, Michelle, is a physical education teacher. She works with high school students. She is MY favorite teacher. She coaches me and encourages me to eat right and exercise! Child teaching parent…yep!!!

    • Dawn Says:
      05/12/2014 11:25 am

      Hi Rene! Please check your email, you and Michelle have won!

  10. Susan Reinhart Says:
    05/05/2014 12:06 pm

    I am a Kindergarten teacher and I am inspired daily by the other teachers on my team, Becky and Danielle. Both young mothers, they have a commitment to their students and share new ideas with this ‘mature’ teacher and keep me feeling young and fresh. And they share their babies too, which makes it extra special!

  11. Laura Says:
    05/05/2014 12:06 pm

    My favorite teacher is my mom. She is a school teacher, but also teaches me how to be a mother, friend, cook, quilter, gardener, and so much more. I call her for help in all of these areas on almost a daily basis. I’d love for her to win!

  12. Bonnie Savell Says:
    05/05/2014 12:08 pm

    My most inspiring quilting teacher is Pat Hallberg. A loving and caring person, she is always ready to help with any problems, from figuring yardage to perfecting points and sharing short cuts along the way. At quilt club meetings she usually has a demo that gives me ideas for a future project. Her enthusiasm for quilting is contagious. Because of Pat, I am involved in quilting adventures I would never have dared to try on my own.

  13. Ronna Gilani Says:
    05/05/2014 1:05 pm

    Sheila Galindo was my quilting teacher. She is so patient, she explains and demonstrates all the techniques she teaches, and she always encourages me to enjoy quilting. She is never judgmental, so we feel good about our efforts, which is how it ought to be!!

  14. Vicky Abney Says:
    05/05/2014 1:43 pm

    Mother was always my favorite teacher. She was patient and allowed creativity to develop in all I attempted. Now there are times when I teach her, but the foundations she laid for me are priceless.

  15. Deanna Kasch Says:
    05/05/2014 1:43 pm

    I was a primary grade teacher for nearly 4 years retiring in 2001. Now I have time to teach my nearly 14 year old twin granddaughters sewing. I have loved being retired and being able to sew every day!! My granddaughters go to a private Christian school and have had wonderful and caring teachers.

  16. Debbie Rogowski Says:
    05/05/2014 4:27 pm

    I’m too old to name one of my teachers from back in school so I’ll have to name my friend who I met on line in many of the quilt groups. She has taught me so much about quilting. She has even brought me to the ‘dark side’ and pulled me into paper pieceing. Her name is Denise Mitchell, she is so patient and only ever has nice things to say. She likes to see the good side of everything.

  17. Heidi Says:
    05/05/2014 6:01 pm

    My mom of course! She’s getting close to retirement, but she is just so good with the kids. She is patient yet energetic and fun! Her main job is helping first graders who are struggling readers

  18. Susan Thompson Says:
    05/05/2014 6:02 pm

    I’d like to nominate my friend, Amanda Long. She does a lot for her 40 students as well as her own three daughters.

  19. Diane Dombroski Says:
    05/05/2014 6:29 pm

    Pat Halberg is not only my teacher and good friend, she is a friend to any quilter that asks her for help. She readily gives encouragement and assistance whenever you might be stymied by that quilt project that will not go together just right. She gives so much of her time to help others and still completes lots of her own charity quilt projects. Quilting is her passion!!

  20. Dorothy L Says:
    05/05/2014 8:01 pm

    My daughter is my teacher-inspiration. She is teaching 1st grade at a English-challenged school, and is making a huge impact on her students. She is always positive and goes way above and beyond to ensure the kids are learning in a loving environment. I am so proud of her.

  21. Barbara Gibson Says:
    05/05/2014 8:46 pm

    My sweet daughter in law is a teacher to bunch of 2 nod graders! I know that these kids mean a great deal to her, and I have witness her, on a continual basis, try to improve her ambition to be a better teacher! She is a great example to her family, fellow co- workers as well as her students!

  22. Ardith Says:
    05/05/2014 10:20 pm

    My husband is a retired vocational teacher who had a positive influence on many students during is career. I am retiring from education this year after 46 continuous years, both as a teacher and counselor.

  23. Amanda Best Says:
    05/06/2014 12:06 am

    My Mom is my very favorite teacher! She taught me to embroider when I was 6, which started my love of all fiber arts, and made countless craft projects with me. She also has taught me so many life lessons and how to keep going when you just want to give up. She is an inspiration every day. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  24. Vinette Makal Says:
    05/06/2014 3:07 am

    My husband teaches art, so he inspires and assists me in my choices of fabric and design. I will retire at the end of this year, after 30 years in public secondary education, to create more quilts with his assistance. I feel he soon will also create his quilt with me as his sewing consultant.

  25. Deb G. in VA Says:
    05/06/2014 4:03 am

    My favorite teacher is my mom. She taught me to sew, cook, garden and so many other things over the years. I still ask her advice and hope she is around for many more years.

  26. Trudy Quail Says:
    05/06/2014 4:25 am

    My sister Mary, is a kindergarten teacher. She has taught about 40 years and is still smiling! She loves her students and is still updating her curriculum! It is amazing to see how far the kiddos grow in one year! The students in May can read, print neatly and they LOVE literature! Whew!

  27. Trudy Says:
    05/06/2014 4:30 am

    Adam, my son, is a Chemistry teacher and basketball coach. Along with that he is a new father! My daughter-in-law appreciates projects that we sew for her. So, I just finished the sports baby quilt for little Cooper. Now, I am finishing a baby toy bag that I have appliqued the baby’s name on the front. Actually, I have sewn over 50 baby-toy bags!

  28. SusanL Says:
    05/06/2014 5:34 am

    The art teacher at my daughter’s elementary school is truly a wonder woman! She teaches hundreds of K-5 graders and each grade has their own projects customized to their abilities and lessons about color, form, historical artists, etc. She has kids building a geodesic dome, kids making their own portraits out of wire, and kids sewing, stuffing, and decorating penguins (the school mascot) for a display in the school. It is just amazing to see what she is able to do with the kids!!

  29. grapenutquilter Says:
    05/06/2014 7:58 am

    I nominate Kay Horn. Kay is a retired now from teaching school and teaches quilting. She also volunteers in the community and donates many of her quilts and sewing projects to charities. Kay keeps on giving endlessly!

  30. Merrilee Gladkosky Says:
    05/06/2014 12:41 pm

    For many of the 22 yrs I spent at Chester Elementary I worked next door to an incredible young woman, Keri Brewer Sciuto. I grew to love her like a daughter but I learned so much from her! She taught me, the older teacher, to see through new eyes. I watched as she married and now has two children. Though I am retired, I would love to have a hand in guiding this young woman toward quilting and some of the satisfying handicrafts there are waiting for you as your children grow and you become aware of time that you have for yourself.

  31. Linda Christianson Says:
    05/06/2014 1:03 pm

    Dr Daniel has been trying hard to bring sewing and crafts back into the Dutchtown high school library, Hampton, Ga. Giving extra time selling food to buy books and taking time after school to teach the craft.

    • Dawn Says:
      05/12/2014 11:24 am

      Hi Linda! Check your email, you and Dr. Daniel are our runners-up!

  32. Erin Says:
    05/06/2014 1:58 pm

    My favorite teacher is my sister, Maureen. She teaches middle school in a very poor, rural area. In addition to being an amazing teacher, she is also a wonderful person. She is always bringing in extra supplies and even food and clothing for her students and their families.

  33. Cindy Says:
    05/06/2014 10:15 pm

    The first quilt class I attended was taught by a wonderful lady whose name is Marty Koontz. She could inspire a person to do anything. She is the most upbeat, fun, patient teacher I have ever had the priviledge of taking a class from. She is one whose class you signed up for just to spend a few hours with her, regardless of what she was teaching. She is the one that made quilting fun for me. I owe so much to her. Now she is no longer able to teach as her health won’t allow. To honor her would be very special indeed. She gave us so much throughout the years.

  34. Shar F Says:
    05/07/2014 12:34 am

    I had a daughter that was very advanced in her reading. Her first grade teacher saw this. She took her to the librarian and asked if she would show her where to find the more advance books. All the way through elementary Mrs Burt took special care to find books for my daughter to read. She would bee the first one to read the new books for the level she read on. All the way through high school Mrs. Burt continued to check on her. She is still a wonderful reader. I’m so grateful to her.

  35. Carol Vickers Says:
    05/07/2014 6:42 am

    My daughter is a wonderful preschool teacher. Her little students become her own in her heart. I’m so proud of her.

  36. Dianna Brown Says:
    05/07/2014 11:41 am

    My husband, Kyle is an amazing Art teacher that is always coming up with wonderful projects for them to complete. He spends many nights and hours on the weekend either at school working with his kids or working on new project ideas. He has even planned a camping trip for a group of kids at his school. I am so lucky to married to such an amazing guy who cares about his students so much. :)

  37. Heather Adams Says:
    05/07/2014 4:58 pm

    My sister in an amazing teacher. She inspires her students to want to read and learn more about the world.

  38. alicia parker Says:
    05/07/2014 8:21 pm

    my cooperating teacher who I just completed student teaching with has been the biggest inspiration and motivation that I could have asked for going into my first year of teaching. I am so proud to call her a true friend and colleague.

  39. Pam M Says:
    05/07/2014 8:47 pm

    My daughter is a teacher for special needs kids. It is such a tough job but she really has a passion to help them learn even if it is a small accomplishment as drawing a circle it is a celebration to her and her students. I and so proud and in awe of her skills and patience with all these kids!!

  40. Katherine Says:
    05/08/2014 4:06 am

    My daughter is an amazing 4th grade teacher. After graduating from college she became very sick with UC and after 3 surgeries was on the mend. AShe moissed a year so worked for Americorp for 2 years after subbing in area districts for 2 years. She was hired last year and it is so fun to listen to the excitement in her voice when she talks about “her” kids

  41. Vicki H Says:
    05/08/2014 3:25 pm

    My daughter teaches Pre-K at our local elementary school. I am so proud of her nurturing the young minds of our future. She also is a great mom to 3 of her own with a 4th on the way.

  42. Jan Stauffer Says:
    05/08/2014 4:07 pm

    The local 2nd grade teacher, Chris Gaber, does such wonderful things for her 2nd graders. One project she has done for many years is to make potholders for her students to give to their moms for Mother’s Day. Each year Chris rounds up a few sewers, donated fabric and batting and the potholders are created. Then each student gets to choose a potholder and sit down with a volunteer to sew top stitching on their own potholder. The student then draws a picture on the muslin backing of the potholder. I still have my son’s potholder from 2nd grade and he is now 27 years old. I had the honor of working with the students on their topstitching this year. What a pleasure!

  43. Rachell Reilly Says:
    05/08/2014 5:52 pm

    One of my favorites teachers is Tracie Bradley. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences Education classes at Snow College. I took my first quilting class for sewing credit from her, as well as a few cooking/nutrition classes. She loves quilting so much, it inspired me to write my term English research paper about quilting history, the same term I took her quilting class. She even took our class on a field trip to her home, and I was awed by the many quilts in display, lovingly made by Tracie. She’s a kind, gracious, compassionate woman, who is also a wonderful teacher.

  44. Sue Says:
    05/08/2014 7:59 pm

    I work with 15 amazing teachers who love, nurture, and patiently work with 200 of the most difficult high school students in our district. Landmark High School is the home of Patrick Hogle who finds way to provides beds for students who don’t have one, cries with students who are frustrated or angry, and spends countless hours building amazing Biology lessons that inspire so many reluctant learners. He inspires me!

  45. Shannon Mortensen Says:
    05/08/2014 9:19 pm

    My mom has been teaching for 36 years. She stays after school every day to give her students extra help and grades papers and plans at home at night and on the weekends. She has more patience than anyone I’ve ever met. She has taught me many things throughout my life. One of those things is how to sew. She is a very loving and giving teacher, mother, and friend. She inspires me to be a loving and giving teacher as well. We enjoy sharing our love of sewing with each other.

    • kathy haymes Says:
      05/09/2014 5:50 am

      My friend has been working in special ed for years. She is sometimes discouraged, but so happy and pleased and excited when she gets a breakthrough idea that works. She has also learned how to laugh at those “I can’t stand it anymore today” days.

  46. Nicholas Janssen Says:
    05/09/2014 7:35 am

    My wife is a first year teacher and has had so many students come up to her and tell her that without her work and dedication with them they would not have passed their STAAR test this year for math. Many had not passed since 5th grade. She is an inspiration to many of these young people and does whatever she can to teach them not only math but about life and how to handle themselves in public as well.

  47. Rhonda Best Says:
    05/10/2014 11:26 pm

    My favorite teacher is my daughter, Amanda. She has taught me so much about quilting…she even talked me into doing a swap block with her online quilting group. She always shows endless patience and helpfulness, while teaching me and her nieces how to quilt, knit, and do other crafts.

  48. Linda Christianson Says:
    05/12/2014 4:32 pm

    Thank you for selecting Dr. Daniels and I as runner up. I have already put on my wish list some books that would be great for high school students.


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