Monday, May 28, 2012

Quilts for Mozambique

 I've been working hard to finish up a couple of quilts for two special little girls.  Their names are Fina and Maria Jo and they live in an orphanage in Mozambique.  Members of my quilt club made quilts for each of the kids living in the orphanage and all of the quilts are being taken to the kids at the end of this week.  I wish I was there to get to see them receive their quilts.

The first one I made is a plus quilt for a 5 year old Fina.

 I chose bright colors that coordinated with a panel print I had in my stash from It's a Hoot by Momo for Moda.

I used the panel on the back and added a border all the way around.  I also pieced strips to the top and bottom  to get the back the right size.

I wanted to make it special for her, so I appliqued and then machine blanket stitched her name onto the back of the quilt before it was sandwiched.

 I free motion quilted with an all over loop-de-loop design, and it is bound in a Michael Miller solid.

The second quilt I made is for two year old, Maria Jo.  It was compeletely inspired by this quilt.  I love  Michael Miller's Zoology print and thought it would be perfect for a little girl living in Africa. 

I had a super talented friend quilt it since I was short on time. The quilting is a meander with occasional daisies and she even quilted Maria Jo's name into the quilt.  She did an amazing job!  

It wasn't quite wide enough so I used some of the other fabrics to piece a strip for the back.

 I bound it in Kona Melon and added a little label to the back.  I used embroidery floss for her name to give it texture and make it stand out a little.    

I had so much fun making quilts for these two little girls.  I hope they enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed making them! 


  1. Both are beautiful! These girls are so lucky to get these. I'm sure they will be cherished. :)