Friday, August 8, 2014

Shweshwe Adventure...Friday Finish

The plan was to have two Friday Finishes today, but my vacation day was temporarily hijacked by a work emergency.  But I am so very happy that my Shweshwe quilt is finally finished.  It's been two years since I bought the fabric in South Africa.

I wanted the focus to be on the fabric, so just simple stitch-in-the ditch quilting.  Every time I look at the quilt, I see a different pattern, so didn't want to take away from that.

Shweshwe Adventure

As I began to sew on the binding, the weather turned to thunder and lightning, and then the rain started.  A Friday Finish was in the home stretch, but I wouldn't be able to take a photo and share.  But I powered through and finished the binding.  As I was clipping threads, the rain stopped and the sun started to came back.  Grab shoes and camera and hit the backyard as fast as possible.  I wanted to get a few photos before the rain came back.

Shweshwe Adventure

I stressed on what name to give this quilt and finally settled on:  Shweshwe Adventure.  Shweshwe is the name of the fabric, and you can read all about it here.  And it was both an adventure to purchase the fabric and to complete the quilt.

My friend T and I were in South Africa for the wedding of another friend.  Picture this:  driving in a right-hand drive car, on the left side of the road, with no GPS, trying to find streets in Johannesburg which don't have street signs.  My apologies...some streets were labelled....embossed in the curb.  So very (un)helpful.  It was quite an adventure to find the store.  I think we drove around the same block three times.  But we finally found it...after having taken the scenic route to get there.  Thanks T for being patient.

Shweshwe Adventure
 
Now that it's finished, I want more Shweshwe fabric.  I wish I had purchased more and wish I had purchased some of the blue and the red fabric lines.

Linking up with Quilt Matters for TGIFF.  Check out her fabulous Modern Totems quilt.

6 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Anja! Great call on the quilting! I love how different aspects of the pattern pop as your eyes move across the quilt - very cool! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

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  2. Stunning quilt. It is true you can see so many different patterns. Very cool read about the shweshwe fabric!

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  3. Wow! It looks fantastic! I just love how you can see the different patterns in the quilt. Amazing :)

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  4. Love this Anja! And I really love a good quilt story. Thanks for sharing

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  5. So what if it took 2 years! You've got the best kind of trip souvenir - a quilty one!

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  6. This is on the list of my top ten favourite quilts...ever. It's the story behind it as much as the wonderful workmanship and design that really make work, for me. It was brilliant to see in person.

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