Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Dancing in the New Year


- well I was in bed fast asleep for the actual event but I am very thrilled to have finished my dancing girls quilt

Introducing Mama Tembu.....

93" x 84"

The African Queen block was drafted and shared freely by Sew Preeti Quilts for International Women's Day in 2017.  Find it HERE....


Coming from Zimbabwe, Africa and danced my way through my youth (and maybe a bit more) I just had to make some blocks with some Africa style fabrics I had in my stash....
 

Some have hands in demurely, and others facing outwards rather precociously....

Quilted on the Sweet Sixteen....


Mama Tembu's Wedding is a song that I danced to so much in the 70's and 80's - the African beat is hard to not dance to. (sung by Margaret Singana with Ipi 'NTombi)


So my African Queen dancing girls is called Mama Tembu.  I very seldom name my quilts but this one is my youth ... so it gets a name.

A lovely bold blue backing and orange binding.....

Righto, Gotto Go..... I had a long day of binding... all 354" of it... thanks to the Tuesday girls for keeping me company...


20 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love Mama Tembo.....all those ladies make me feel like dancing, too!

simplestitches said...

beautiful quilt Fiona!

Maria said...

Beautiful finish…

Terry said...

Beautiful! :0)

Jeanna said...

Oh this quilt is simply magnificent! I'd be dancing up a storm if I could create something so beautiful.

Chantal said...

Congratulations on this joyful finish. I didn't know about the song so I called it up on Youtube and I get what you mean by "it's hard to not dance to" this song. Joyful, both of them. Love it. ;^)

Rebecca said...

Love the colors and the name of the quilt and the story of your dancing...
Hope your still dancing in your heart if not with your feet!

Wait! I got it... now you dance with needle and tread!

Chookyblue...... said...

Loved seeing these dancing girls come to life as you made them..... Wonderful to have it finished.....

loulee said...

Such a beautiful finish and it has brought wonderful memories for you too.
Your dancing girls look great.

Jane said...

This is so perfect for you, it's beautiful

Julie said...

Oh Mama Tembo is just beautiful Fiona ... & such a treasure trove of memories for you. I did not know you hailed from South Africa ... I just love the ladies with their turbans on. Happy New Year to you - I slept through it too!!

Jeanette said...

Gorgeous quilt. Love the story behind why you called it Mama Tembu. Hug's xx

kiwikid said...

Mama Tembo is stunning. Love her colours. Well done on the finish.

Karen's Korner said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful finish. Just had to listen to the song.

Susan said...

Wonderful - what a memory for you! - it must be big!

Jindi's Cottage said...

I was actually awake - not on purpose! ha ha ha...love your Mama Tembo and the back story of your memories in Africa...

Janice said...

What a appropriate design and perfect fabric choices. So good to be heading towards the finish line.

Karen S said...

This is a wonderful quilt and even more so with the memories it evokes. That was a special way to use those fabrics.

marina said...

It's such a bright and happy quilt Fiona, your quilting is beautiful too, compliments the quilt.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I was dancing wwith you lol! MAMA TEMBU has turned out beautifully...Happy New Year my friend xx

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