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Unexpected Blessings

Yesterday I received an unexpected thrill – a letter from a publishing house in Zambia asking to use a photo of a quilt I made in a textbook they are publishing for Namibian children. We have traveled often to Zambia, and once to Namibia. Namibia is a thrilling country, as hot and dry and dusty as Qatar and Kuwait, and as rich, due to diamond deposits.

This is the quilt they will be using. I made it for my husband when I first started quilting, and more experienced quilters said I was crazy. It is a huge quilt, ample for a California king sized bed, but I knew I needed 3″ squares (I had some giraffe fabric I wanted to use) and as the quilt assumed a life of its own, it ended up much larger than I had planned.

It has many African fabrics, one a piece I bought in Tunisia about 30 years ago. I put a piece of it in all my map quilts.

Here are a couple of my more recent quilts. The first is the one I made for my new grandson 🙂

This one is one I started many years ago, but didn’t know how to make it work the way I wanted it to. Twelve years later, I pulled it out and knew exactly what to do and had it pieced together in one morning. 🙂

All these years of living abroad, with AdventureMan working long hours and often traveling, quilting has kept me sane. It provides me with friends who speak the same language – patterns, textures and colors – no matter where I go in the world. It is so absorbing that sometimes I look up and an entire day has passed while I work on a quilt, and it’s time to fix dinner . . . Dinner? No! No! I am going to sew for another hour and order out!

One of the things quilting groups do is to help you stretch and to try new things. Literally, the groups hold CHALLENGES. This was a challenge where it was to show you and a facet of your personality – so this is how I see me with the green Gulf in the background. I made this while living in Kuwait and participating in the quilting guild which is part of the Kuwait Textile Arts Association there. 🙂

There is a wonderful guild in Qatar, the Qatar Quilters. They meet once a month and have nearly 100 members – imagine! Women who quilt come from all Qatar to attend. At the meetings, they show what they have been working on, and teach one another new ways to create quilts. They share information on where to find quilting tools and which shop has recently received a new shipment of fabrics.

You can learn more about the Qatar Quilters by visiting their blog: Qatar Quilters The lady you see in the first photo is one of the Qatar Quilter founders.

March 9, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Biography, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos, Qatar | ,


  1. What an honor for you…your quilt in a textbook! I love tht one…and look at all the “Heart” spots 🙂

    Comment by grammy | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. You are a woman of many talents! Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts. I love baby quilts with zingy colours. My daughter still uses a baby quilt she got over 30 years ago … such heirlooms are so special!!

    Comment by Sheila | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. LLOOLL, Grammy, I am dancing for joy! And yes, the hearts . . . I guess I need to tell people the name of the quilt is “I Left My Heart in Africa” and we have appliqued hearts on countries where we have lived or travelled.

    Sheila – You are right! And sometimes, by request, I have made pastel-y little quilts for baby girls, but the child within me yearns for these bright brights! here is my favorite:

    Bright Baby Quilt

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 9, 2010 | Reply

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  5. those are beautifulf. i know they aren’t for sale..but should you ever change ur mindf, u got my email address 😀

    Comment by Mrm | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  6. Mrm – And YOU have mine. 😀 I think you could get lucky if you were to come to Pensacola to pick it up personally 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  7. Your quilts are stunning. You must be so proud to be included in a textbook. I love the camera quilt since photography is my passion. Best wishes for continued success and joy in quilting.

    Comment by Lee | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. These are absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful! And so meaningful, too.

    Comment by Sondy | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  9. Congrats, sis. Being selected for a publication is an apt tribute to you (and your skills!). And how cool that its a book for children. Hope they send you a copy!

    Comment by Sparkle | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  10. love the quilt! love that it will be included in the textbook! so cool!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  11. Wow, you are a quilter!! Me too!! Beautiful quilts you’ve made! Are there any quilt stores in Kuwait? I am planning to buy some fabric here and ship them over…Wow, your quilt is in a text book!

    Comment by Polar Panda | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  12. Thank you, Lee!

    Sondy, yes, you are so right, it means a lot to me.

    Thanks, sis, for your vote of confidence. 🙂

    Thanks, Little Diamond! No-one in Morocco has asked yet to use the Morocco Quilt in a schoolbook – not yet! 🙂

    Polar Panda – you are going to quilt heaven. I would find fabrics in the Kuwait souks months before they would appear in the US, and at half the price. You will not believe the notions souks, the embellishments available. And best of all, the quilt guild is energetic and productive and you will get to share what you know and learn from amazing women. Ship only the fabrics you love, and focus on shipping batting, which is not available in Kuwait, or at least not reliably. We bring it in our suitcases during the summers! Lots of batting! Bring lots!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  13. Congrat’s on getting selected to be in a book. I have always felt that quilt was a masterpiece! Are you planning a Florida quilt yet–or a Washington quilt?

    Comment by momcat | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  14. Thanks, Momcat. Actually, we have a challenge going, a Doha Baltimore album quilt. But I still have several quilts that need to be finished up, LOL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 11, 2010 | Reply

  15. Sell me one!!! sell me one!!

    no seriously… SELL ME ONE!!!!


    Comment by Yousef | March 11, 2010 | Reply

  16. LLOOLLL! If I were to make one for you, it would probably be your fabulous graphic on your blog, Yousef. 🙂 Great colors, great movement 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 11, 2010 | Reply

  17. WOW! they re all so very pretty!! 🙂 lovely, and it does things to you, looking at those materials and patterns. hands itching. im or rather was into crochetting and embroidery so can sort of imagine the pleasure these creations can give…congrats and have to get back to your quilt blog all over again!! 🙂

    Comment by onlooker | March 12, 2010 | Reply

  18. Thank you, onlooker. 😀 I find quilting and handwork good therapy and sort of meditative; when I am feeling agitated; it calms me back down. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 12, 2010 | Reply

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