Sunday, February 20, 2011

A block for a friend

I have been busy!  Really!

I am involved in a group project for a woman that has been here for several years.  She has taught many of us over the years and has always been very helpful.  I served with her for one or two years on the Muscat Quilt Guild Board.

When she announced that her daughter was getting married; one of the gals wanted to make a quilt for HER.  I was up for it!  The theme was Oman.  All things Omani.  We have made many of these quilts over the years for ladies that are leaving. Usually people have about a two year contract but it differs also.  The turnaround here is huge!  Anyhow, I did not want to paper piece.  I am bored with that whole scene as I have done this many times (the bummer of staying put!) so I wanted to make something more geared towards Patricia.

Two things I know about Pat.  She loves red, orange, yellow.  LOUD colors.  She loves bold, bright colors.  She loves coffee.

I am involved in a mug rug swap and a pin cushion swap so I found a few darling coffee cups but still, wanted it to be more Arab.

So, I tried and tried to draw one that I had in front of me and had to call in the artist child.  Amal drew it for me and then I chose the colors and got busy.  I also did the steam but she 'fixed' it.

This is my original sketch..


2nd attempt I might add!


It's blurry, sorry.  Amal came and rescued me!


I finished embroidering it the night before last but I felt something was missing.


So, I wanted it to have more of an Arab flair so I asked Amal to write 'KAHWA' which means coffee in Arabic.

I like it!

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned as I will post the finished quilt!

5 comments:

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

very nice Alia!

Vickie said...

What a lovely mug! Well done.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I love it!!!! I know your friend will love it too!

big hugs!

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique said...

Beautiful and definitely arab love it :)

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

Thank you ladies! I gave it to my friend whom will be organizing the quilt. I thought I was the last one but found out that, whereas I am not the first, many others have not turned theirs in! There are 19 of us. Oh well! It is done and the pain in my arm has subsided! Whew! It was fun to embroider again!