Lala Salama Slamming It!

Lala Salama quilt top

I am the worst procrastinator, so of course I finally started my quilt for the Lala Salama 100 Quilts For Kenya project last week. I had already made a plan, but only began cutting last week. Friday saw the first half laid out on an improvised design wall (aka a big piece of batting hanging from skirt hangers), Sunday saw the quilt top pieced, and Monday the backing completed. I had hoped to cobble the batting together from one large piece and some decent scraps, but alas…

This is one big thing I’m looking forward about upon return to Australia in regards to quilting. Wide batting. I can only get cotton batting in 1m width. Argh! At least it’s only about $10/m, although I do have to buy twice the length for each quilt, which means it’s about on par with what prices are for wide batting elsewhere. Except with the added pain of piecing it together! I still need to piece it together, then baste, and then I’m thinking some wavy lines in the greens and maybe some swirls in the blue. At 60″ x 80″, it will be the biggest quilt I’ve wrangled through Ellie, so I like the wavy lines straight down the middle and keep fancier designs for the edge where I don’t need to shove lots of fabric into her tiny harp space!


  1. This looks really awesome. I’m looking forward to seeing it all quilted up :)
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  2. Oh, I love the blues and greens.
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  3. Beautiful! This is such a peaceful yet joyful quilt.
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  4. The colours are calming and cool, looks great :)

  5. Love your quilt, Alyce!

  6. its really pretty Alyce. I would have loved to have made a quilt for this but sadly the batting I get here is even worse than yours – definitely not cotton, some sort of synthetic mix!! I just tell people not to put their quilts in a dryer because I am worried the batting will shrink! Definitely go for the wavy lines – it is fun to do and looks great :-)
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  7. Love your quilt! I was planning something very similar looking, and I’m procrastinating as well. It hasn’t been my intension…busy life…but I still feel bad for taking so long to get this done.
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  8. Great progress! That stinks about the batting. You would think japan would be on par batting wise. I really love the brick layout. Good luck quilting!
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  9. What a beautiful quilt! Those colors are so soothing.
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  10. Oh yes! Wavy Lines would look great – the colours remind me of tropical ocean :)
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