Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shweshwe anyone?

I'm happy to say that I've completed the centre of my Midnight at the Oasis....

I'm pretty happy with it and I hope that was the most difficult section of the quilt!

So much to do lately in the sewing room. Our twin grandbabies are arriving in just a couple of days now. Luckily, they won't know that they will have waited a week for their quilts! I have the first one put together...

Such a quick and easy pattern suggested by a quilty friend and it all starts with a charm pack. Love it!

Also, on the design wall this week was December's block for the mystery quilt offered by one of my guild's.

I have to say, it's quite the thing....through absolutely no added effort on my part I've constructed the ugliest block I've ever put together....

....and a fuzzy picture to boot!

Will this block make it into the final quilt?...who knows, only time will tell.

At guild yesterday, we had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful speaker, Celeste Compion of Meerkat Shweshwe.

 I say pleasure, because she had her audience totally enthralled for probably 90 minutes! She was afraid that she'd talked too long, but the crowd reassured her that this was not the evidenced by the crowd of people buying her fabrics during break-time!

Celeste also had an example of a quilt she is working on called Dutch Treats. Here is an image of it that I've scooped off the web...

Image result for dutch treat quilt

I had one of those "squirrel" moments that Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon talks about....when you see a new idea that you just have to try! Oh no, here we go again!!!

I was almost going to walk away from the idea when I realised that it was all done in reverse applique...but I think I'll try a block or two to see what I think.

I even think it may be a good quilt to try Back-basting Applique, which I talked about HERE.

Of course, I took the opportunity of buying a few fat quarters of some shweshwe fabric to use in Dutch Treats. The quilt is traditionally done in indigo prints, but I couldn't resist these beautiful, bright fabrics!...

That's it, that's offically the last "start" for the next ten years.....really!!!

I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and also with Silly Mama Quilts for WiPs, Works in Progress.

Have a wonderful day!


  1. What a beautiful block for your Midnight Oasis! Very unusual block that I have not seen before.

  2. That Midnight Oasis block would drive me crazy. You did it so well. Reverse applique - sounds painfully punishing after the Oasis block. But your rich dark fabrics are just yummy.

  3. wow, wow those are some great projects!

    thanks for linking up!

  4. So much goodness in this post! I love the Midnight in the Oasis centre.

  5. It was nice seeing you at the guild on Monday night. I'm glad to say that you inspired me to get back into the hand-work by reading your blog.
    I love that block for the Midnight at the Oasis quilt. It looks wonderful. I also like the idea of the fabrics you showed on your blog - of course I need more - but where is the shop? or do we buy on-line?