Thursday, September 7, 2017

Show and tell and a challenge

Garment sewing/ quilting crossover. Ginnie made a happy
discovery in her stash of some Sarah Fielke 'Enchanted' fat
quarters, and immediately thought of two little girls who
would love swirly skirts. This one just needs some elastic,
then some for its purple trimmed twin. 

Janice has been happily practicing clam applique.
Liberty and linen - made for each other.

Julie says we will see no more of this until the
quilt is done - no clues!

Pam has been in South Africa, visiting her daughter who works
on an educational aid program. She found shweshwe fabrics
in brighter colours than her previous purchase some years ago.
Wikipedia describes shweshwe as 'a printed dyed cotton fabric
widely used for traditional South African clothing. Originally
dyed indigo, the fabric is manufactured in a variety of colours
and printing designs characterised by intricate geometric patterns.
Due to its timeless popularity, shweshwe has been described
as the denim or tartan, of South Africa.'

Its history is described here, by Meerkat Shweshwe Fabrics

We launched our end-of-year challenge this week. We brought
in left over, abandoned, surplus-to-needs blocks from our
stashes, placed them down the middle of a long table, then selected
someone else's to make a reborn quilt or whatever our imaginations
 come up with. We'll vote on the best 'rebirth' in progress at our
Christmas lunch when we go on summer break. There was
much enthusiastic inspection of the options and comments of
'how could you let this go?' Fun, and possibly productive.

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