African Fabric Quilt

I actually made a quilt the other day!  And it is the biggest I’ve ever made – it is just a bit bigger than single bed size – not remarkable for most quilters, but even when I did City & Guilds the largest I made was a lapquilt sized wall quilt and most of the others have been art ones.

African quilt draped over chair

African fabric quilt all finished!

It is made from African Dutch wax prints fabric – it is very colourful, isn’t it?  The quilting wouldn’t win any prizes but I was pleased to actually finish something.  I quite enjoyed just mindlessly sewing without having to make too many design decisions along the way.

colourful quilt

Very colourful!

colourful quilt

Don’t look too closely at the stitching!

I watched a Youtube video on making jelly roll quilts and there was a pile of African fabrics on my shelves so I cut them into strips and rolled them up… The Missouri Quilt Company who made the video have a channel on Youtube with lots of others if you feel like a good browse…

jelly roll in African fabric

Not as neat as purchased jelly rolls!

jelly roll

Very colourful and inspiring seeing all these patterns rolled up together!

another view of jelly roll

Looks good from all angles… 
Sewing machine with some of the fabric

That particular fabric was used for the borders – DH bought it back from Zambia for me.

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2 Responses to African Fabric Quilt

  1. Sheila Barnes March 25, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    How fun! I’m sure I have some of these batiks in my stash but only a few in fat quarters. Couldn’t jelly roll like you’ve done. ;-)

    I love reverting back to relatively mindless projects every now and then. In fact, my mind keeps wandering off thinking of just that sort of thing while I’m trying to work out some issues on an art piece this past week. I definitely think our brains need a break yet not necessarily from sewing itself. Enjoy your bright beautiful quilt!

  2. Julie Mackinder March 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    It’s a beautiful quilt Liz. I love these African prints too.