Dashiki Time

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Two hot summer days ago, UPS delivered bolts of our new Barbados fabrics. Wanting to make something right away, I thought of the cool comfort of dashikis I learned to love when I lived in Kenya years ago.

Weeks and I combed the internet for a good pattern and she found an affordable ($5.99) and downloadable pattern — Burda “Men’s Linen Shirt #138.” Though the pattern calls for a fabric that is the same on both sides (which is to say not a print), with a little adaptation I hoped I could make it work.


This was my first time using a downloadable Burda pattern. Though it has only four pattern pieces, it required 26 sheets of paper and a fair amount of tape.


The material requirements called for 59″-wide linen. I calculated that I’d need 2 1/2 yards of 42″-wide fabric which I prewashed as I taped…

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Hazel Henderson, “Scrap Scramble” Teacher

Hazel taught a class called Scrap Scramble. We each brought 2 solid fat quarters and started out by placing 1 FQ on a community table. We each chose a fabric that someone else brought, added the white that Hazel supplied, and proceeded to make either an X or O block under a time limit of 30 minutes. Sew machines humming! Jen J won a prize for finishing first. Sue D. won the second place prize.  Lots of FUN.  We each made two blocks and displayed them on a design wall. Hazel will piece a charity quilt and will gladly accept help in doing that! Look for the X’s and O’s in some of the following photos.