Saturday, January 2, 2021

Safari Tango

 My last finished quilt of 2020 is called Safari Tango. It might be the first true double-sided quilt I've ever made. The front was started in an online (Zoom) workshop with Diane Harris, The Stash Bandit, hosted by Ninigret Quilters. She calls her pattern Twofer Tango because you could get two quilts from your effort. The half square triangle units are bonus blocks from the creation of the main X-blocks. I chose to add mine around the border instead of harboring yet another UFO!


The back of the quilt was one of those long-simmering UFOs. Started in a class with Thomas Knauer in 2015, also hosted by Ninigret Quilters, it is a code quilt with the word SAFARI spelled out in Braille and repeated in a loop.

Both sides of the quilt used fabric that was purchased by Julia and me in Tanzania in 2014. The background print on the front was a big chunk of fabric from Joann's that came to me from someone else's stash. It is a grass-like print which was perfect since Julia's research project that semester in Tanzania dealt with grasses in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Quilting is all fun and games until you stitch onto a glove. I might have had better luck if I had remembered to drop the feed dogs!

Safari Tango
60" X 86"
Safari started in 2015 
Tango started 10/17/2020
Completed 12/30/2020


Julierose said...

what a stunning finish on this--I love the fabrics--so rich and vivid...
hugs, Julierose

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful quilt and fabric choices. I need to get on my quilter and start working on tops, hopefully I can get the tension right, to me the quilting is the fun part, I love free motion.


Diane Harris, Stash Bandit said...

Tina, your finish is wonderful and I'm so happy you used those amazing Tanzanian fabrics! Congratulations. Well done! And P.S. Thank you for the little shoutout. :)