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Piece by Piece

The Easter holidays have arrived, and I am excited to get started on some quilts for the Zimbabwe Patchwork and Quilting Show, which is on later in the year.

Before I could do this there was another job I needed to do. I am spending Easter weekend with some friends at their lodge on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi. The Lodge is called Mvuu which means Hippo in Shona, one of the languages spoken in Zimbabwe.

While we are there it will be our hostess Lynne’s birthday. She lives in Zambia, and when she does come to Harare every few months she is always full of admiration of my work. So I thought it would be nice to make her something for her birthday, and I thought it would be good to involve a Hippo.

You all know how much I love foundation paper piecing, and so it was a no brainer to look for something that I could make using that technique.

In previous posts I have featured the patterns of :

Sugaridoo in The Netherlands and

Kristy Lea from @Quiet Play in Australia.

But I thought I would introduce you to a couple of other designers that I looked at when trying to find a Hippo pattern for this birthday gift.

A site that I really love is Quilt Art Designs. The fact that it is a South African site and therefore my neighbour is one thing. But they also have really cool patterns, and in a wide variety of subjects. A lot of their designs are quirky as well, which I like, and Janeen Van Niekerk is very generous , often posting free patterns.

Hippos in The Rain (Quilt Art Designs)
Hipster Hippo (Quilt Art Designs)

I also enjoy The Tartan Kiwi. Again, a very wide variety of patterns and it is from here that I chose to buy a pattern to make for my friend. The pattern is of a Hippo, with his head just rising out of the water having a sneaky look around.

The Tartan Kiwi Hippo Pattern
These were some of the fabrics I chose.
Eye eye!
Ear ear!
Whose nose?
The finished top.

Free motion quilting, and straight-line quilting were used in the decoration of the quilt. I am really pleased with the quilting. I was able to do the straight line quilting and wavy lines but my meandering looked horrible.

That’s another project for me.

So my quilty friend Ala stepped in and gave me a hand. Her meandering is much better than mine!

Straight line quilting for the body of the Hippo.
Wavy lines using my walking foot.
Meandering – kindly quilted by my quilty friend Ala.
I did however do these beautiful corners.
The finished Hippo called “Mvuu”.

I really hope she likes it.