Sunday, 15 July 2012

Star of Africa

Anyone remember the time I made gecko soup? Of the lovely comments I got, there was one very mysterious and intriguing one. It said..Love your geckos!! Where on earth did you find this fabric?
Please hop over to my blog, there might be something to interest you :-) .

So hop I did. It was an invite to be part of a very unique bee and I wasted not a moment in signing up. It sounded less like a quilting bee and more like an adventure..a road trip. It is loosely based on the board game Star of Africa. Long story short, I am now one of 16 members of the Star of Africa Bee, my first international bee. We are from different parts of the world and will be making one block each month that is representative of the place we come from and yet stays within the specific requirements of the Queen Bee of the month. This is going to be very exciting. Thanks May, for inviting me over.

 The queen bee of the first month was Patti of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (She made us say that thrice! Really fast!!)  She was fine with any block, any size, any colour. You wanna make people motionless, give them lot of choice! Nobody moved. They were too petrified I guess, of the vastness of possibilities. So started a barrage of questions to poor Patti who soon realised she had to get a little specific if she wanted the constant questions to stop :-). She narrowed down her block requirement to 8.5", warm colours, dotted border. Whew! 

This is the block I made for Patti using needle turn applique and some simple embroidery. The peacock being our national bird and saffron, white & green being our national colours, I hope this block is representative of India in some small way. I really really hope she likes it and that it will sit well with the rest of her quilt. 

Do checkout the blocks of the rest of the bee on flickr. 

Life is a game. You get to play it just once. So play hard and play well.
Happy playing!


  1. Tina, I think the whole concept and design of your block is brilliant !! And it is so " India"...I'm sure Patti will love it !

  2. It is gorgeous! I'm sure everyone you know will be begging you for one of their own soon!

  3. That was a genius stroke of me; I was thrilled to the core to have you! You are one talended quilter Tina! I'm honoured to be in the same group as you and Veena.
    So whats going on in India? Any group need a straight out of the tin thinking, talent- and skilless bleachface?

  4. Its beautiful Tina. I am so envious I missed this opportunity! next time!!!!

  5. You must know I LOVE this block, Tina! Even though you had to drag me screaming and kicking into making my demands more specific! LOL! Great photos of your design process too! Thanks so much!

  6. A beautiful block, and a very entertaining post - yes we were motionless at Patti's request - but May's is even more daunting!

  7. This is a gorgeous block - really lovely :)