I have been busy quilting this week. It seems it has been awhile since I posted.
I had a day long retreat on Saturday -- "Quilting by the Bay" AKA "QBTB". So I had to spend some time this week preparing. I also was able to get the binding on the quilt for my nephew's new baby. So that should be ready to go out this week.
These are the blocks that I have been working on this week. I had to make 10 of them. They are pretty tricky to get those 1/4 inch seam allowance.
The few that we had finished on Saturday up on the design wall. This quilt will be the raffle quilt for my quilt guild's Quilt show in 2008.
Then I spent the day working on my African Quilt. I am following a pattern from Nadine's book that she so kindly sent me from Belgium.
This is just the start. I have sort of scattered the Dancing Mama's in the centre of the blocks, just to get a look of how I am wanting it to look. I am going to make a block with the Dancing Mama's in the centre and have a few around the quilt. Not in every block. Right now they are just sitting on top of the blocks. I like the extra zing that the mama's give to the quilt. Don't you agree?
I like this pattern with the African fabric. It would also work well with Japanese fabric I think. But I really think it looks better with the mamas!! My plan is to make the quilt 4x4 blocks. I also have some border fabric that I want to include. Each block is 12 inches square. Anyway -- this is my latest work in progress -- and I still want to try to finish some of those almost finished UFO's that are haunting me :))
The blue snowball blocks belong to someone else. That is a Chez Moi charm pack - so it will end up being quite a cute little quilt as well.
I ordered a sewing machine mat from Tazzie this week -- that was exciting. I am quite looking forward to it coming. I also ordered a new sewing case for the Singer Featherweight that I bought last November. I have just not been able to get the musty odor out of the case it came with at all. So I will keep the old case, tucked away in the storage room just for historical purpose but I will use the new case. Hopefully the new case is a good quality case, I really do want to start taking the featherweight with me on retreats and such.
I also joined the Secret Santa on Chookyblue's blog. That's also exciting. I can't wait to see who I get to make a special Christmas gift for. And I have to work for the next two nights -- so that's all the news this week. Not one trip to the Quilt shop!!!! LOL